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Old 06-28-2020, 12:47 PM   #1
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Weight of OEM Rear Bumper vs. Aluminess

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I'm considering installing the aluminess rear bumper + swing out tire carrier (maybe + swing out box) but am concerned about the extra weight. I can't find any weights on the Aluminess site and nothing, nowhere on the weight of the OEM rear bumper.

But, thankfully we have many wizards of knowledge on this site that probably already know. So, what is the weight difference between the OEM bumper and the Aluminess system?

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Old 06-28-2020, 02:18 PM   #2
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Please go weigh your bumper. Inquiring minds need to know.

The bumper itself is about 60 pounds with no box or tire on it. I believe.
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Old 06-28-2020, 02:22 PM   #3
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Please go weigh your bumper. Inquiring minds need to know.

The bumper itself is about 60 pounds with no box or tire on it. I believe.
Thanks, Grampswrx. The weight of the spare isn't an issue (if I understood your comment correctly), since it's there, already. But, with the SMB fully loaded, I'm about 300# under GVWR and would like to keep the weight down.
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Old 06-28-2020, 03:52 PM   #4
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Please go weigh your bumper. Inquiring minds need to know.
The bumper itself is about 60 pounds with no box or tire on it. I believe.
Lol! No portable scale! You are right in the area though, I would guess Aluminess rear bumper is around maybe 70 lbs or a bit less w swing arms. I can pick it up and move it around by myself without straining. More awkward than heavy. Certainly WAY lighter than a bench seat !!

Stock non step OEM rear bumper is maybe 20 lbs lighter. A stock OEM step bumper is probably the same weight as the Aluminess.
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Thanks, 1der. I'm not worried about 20 LBS or even 50-100.

I appreciate the info.

What are your thoughts on leaving the stock bumper and adding the tire swing arm + swing box? Are there any advantages to adding them with the Aluminess bumper?

Thanks, again.
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Only plus of stock bumper plus adding the tire swing arm only - less $$ out of pocket initially (Because you will finally step up to the full bumper w swing arms as your build evolve$ )

If only going a 2WD w no lift and the desire is to add a basement box then the swing arm only solution is the way to go.

There is no close comparison to capability / capacity / functionality of the full bumper w swing arms. The side support bars, built in lockable storage compartment, flat step surface, protected reverse lights, and ability to add a bumper box with true ability to handle some weight (due to the wrap around side support bars) are what is gained.
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Excellent points, 1der. Thank you!
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