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Old 01-04-2017, 11:45 PM   #11
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So it looks like some of the Buckstop and TrailReady are the same?

http://www.buckstopinc.com/mm5/graph...BA_600x360.JPG

http://trailready.com/bumpers/images...MG_6628_lg.jpg
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:21 AM   #12
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I have a Reunel rear bumper, and as mentioned a Buckstop front bumper.

I went with Reunel because they offer a 20,000# integrated hitch receiver. It's a stout bumper, but the build quality was not a nice as my Buckstop, and the Reunel paint was way inferior to Buckstop's powder-coating. Compered to Aluminess... I don't think the hinge mechanism is as elegant. It works.... but could be better.

That all said, Buckstop has since bought Reunel (as well as Trailready? Or started another brand?... It's all built in the same plant) and it looks like the Reunel products are now powder-coated as well. I don't know if they've updated the hinge and latch hardware, but my suspicions is probably.
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I have Alumines front and rear. BUT if I was in the market for new bumpers I'd go with Freddy, his stuff is awesome and the price is in line for steelů He'll be fab'n up some sliders for me this summer for sure...

Freddy is doing both steel and aluminum.
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:56 AM   #14
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I'm running a Move Bumpers rear on my van. This is a build-it-yourself product and is pretty easy to do. I really like it and wouldn't hesitate to do it again! I did upgrade to Baja Designs Squadron Sport Flood reverse lights and couldn't be happier!

www.movebumpers.com

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Old 01-05-2017, 10:48 AM   #15
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Does anyone know if the different swing out bumpers interfere with the rear barn doors opening? To what extent?
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Old 01-06-2017, 12:42 PM   #16
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Designing and Fabricating my own bumper.....still in progress...

Using Aluminess swingarms.








I'm pretty sure I've got more storage space than Aluminess.

Two things I'm attempting to improve are having the bumper watertight, and using flush mount LED lights instead of ones that sit behind the face of the bumper. I also have a really nice and simple backup sensor mounting method.

Everything will be powdercoated black when the project is completed.
Which year is your van? How long have you guys been working on this? That design would work well for me.
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Buckstop Truckware Bumpers...Cheaper than Aluminess.
The steel ones are cheaper, but the Buckstop aluminum ones are more expensive than Aluminess.

Buckstop front Classic in Aluminum: $1949 + $750 = $2699
Buckstop rear without swingarms: $825 + $750 = $1575

Aluminess front: $2150
Aluminess rear without swingarms: $1550
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Both alluminess and old-Reunel swingarms prevent the doors from openning much past 90*. It is one item I don't like, and if I ever get time I want to mover my pivots and get the 170* penning back. i don't know if Buckstop has updated that at all. Might be worth a call. Or even request it. I've been meaning to stop in, but I've at another project for the time being.
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Which year is your van? How long have you guys been working on this? That design would work well for me.
2008 but the rear bumper should fit any Ford van 1992+.......the project is presently being slowed a bit by Freddy the fabricator moving his shop, we will hopefully be back at it shortly.

I met with mountainbikeroamer this morning......we discussed some interesting bumper concepts/innovations so stay tuned......

We will probably start another thread discussing the bumper....let's call it a community design exercise.
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I didn't realize thatů but very exciting news to hear that he is doing aluminum.

We are planning (at least talking) on building a second van (that will be for sale) and I will be wanting to talk with him for sure...

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