Vehicle Bumpers

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Bumpers are used on both the front and rear end of a vehicle to ensure that any damage to the safety system does not occur, in the event of a minor impact accident. These bumpers are typically only designed to lighten impacts that occur at very low speeds. The added safety that a bumper provides is so significant that every vehicle manufactured must have one installed to be street legal. Besides making sure that bumpers provided adequate protect at low speeds, a bumper also has height restrictions. Ensuring that trucks and small cars have bumpers at the same height will prevent small vehicles from driving under a larger vehicle in the event of a crash. Bumpers are made out of many different materials such as metal, ABS plastic, and sometimes even composite materials such as fiberglass. Most modern vehicles have moved to the lighter materials such as plastic because it is cheap to produce and gets the job done just as well as a metal bumper. These synthetic plastic materials are able to control an impact because they are designed to crumble, crack, and bend when impacted so that the energy is dispersed before it gets to the frame.

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Bumper covers are body color restyling accessories that aptly fit either the front or rear bumpers on a vehicle. This component covers the shock absorbers that are placed in the front and rear of the vehicle. Instead of a conventional metal bumper that bends and crumples as something hits it, this style bumper has shock absorbing materials such as foam and rubber which compact and then expand as the vehicle is hit. This new method that uses shock absorbers and a bumper cover can absorb the same impacts as a steel bumper at a fraction of the cost. When a bumper cover is hit, it is designed to bend or crack so that the absorbing material inside can take the brunt of the load before it is sent into the frame. The flexibility of bumper covers means that even a small fender bender may not crack or harm any components of the cover or internal components at all. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Bumper Covers
Bumper Covers


Bumper Guards

A bumper guard is a component that can be used on the front or back bumper of a vehicle to prevent scratches from other cars that may accidently tap the bumper when pulling into a tight parking spot. These guards are extremely useful when driving around in large cities because many of the parking spots are on the side of the road which means people will be trying to squeeze into spots that may not be big enough for their vehicle. Bumper guards are normally only used when the vehicle is not in use which means they have to be attached once the car is parked. Since the bumper guards are on designed to hang over the bumper, they are usually just hung over another component such as the hood ornament to keep them secured in place. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Bumper Guards
Bumper Guards

Drop Center Bumpers

A drop center bumper is lower in the center than it is at the ends so that a trailer ball hitch can be mounted lower to accommodate standard height trailers. This type of bumper is typically only used on large trucks or suv’s that have a lift kit installed. Keeping the hitch at a standard height with a bumper like this will ensure that the trailer is level with the truck when towing. A level trailer is crucial because it prevents swaying at high speeds which can be a safety concern. The flat surface on a drop center bumper also creates a step which can be used to access the bed easier. The material used to make most drop center bumpers is steel which has been chrome plated. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Drop Center Bumpers
Drop Center Bumpers


Front Bumpers

A front bumper is used on the front of a vehicle to increase passenger safety when a front-end collision occurs. Front bumpers were first used in the 1960’s and they became mandatory in 1971 when a law was passed which required them to be installed on all new vehicles. This law required the bumpers to ward of an impact at 5 miles per hour but the speed was later reduced to 2.5 miles per hour to take some of the burden of the manufactures. Over the years, front bumpers have evolved from a large chunk of metal to plastic materials which can be concealed so well that it is hard to tell the bumper from the rest of the body styling on the car. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Front Bumpers
Front Bumpers

Rear Bumpers

A rear bumper is used on the back of a vehicle to increase passenger safety when being rear-ended by another vehicle. Rear bumpers were first used in the 1960’s and they became mandatory in 1971 when a law was passed which required them to be installed on all new vehicles. This law required the bumpers to ward of an impact at 5 miles per hour but the speed was later reduced to 2.5 miles per hour to take some of the heavy burden of the manufactures. Over the years, rear bumpers have evolved from a large chunk of metal to plastic materials which can be concealed so well that it is hard to tell the bumper from the rest of the body styling on the car. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Rear Bumpers
Rear Bumpers

Tubular Bumpers

Tubular bumpers are used in many large vehicles as an aftermarket part that is used to replace the vehicles original bumper. These bumpers are very different from an ordinary bumper because they are built around strength and longevity rather than just safety. Because of this, tubular bumpers are most commonly used on all-terrain vehicles that are subjected to rough conditions. Tubular bumpers are better in rough conditions because they provide better protection for the other components on the grille and hood. The tubular design of this kind of bumper also allows aftermarket accessories to be mounted in place easier. Some popular accessories that can be mounted on a tubular bumper are a winch, lights, and even a hitch on the rear bumper. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Tubular Bumpers
Tubular Bumpers


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