Originally Posted by Toolman
Being that I purchased nerf bars, front, and rear bumpers from Aluminess I have to say.. They are really great guys and make a decent product. Beautiful craftsmanship.
However the nerf bars are expensive steps, and offer no protection for the body at all, would crumble under a load, probably destroying the body, and they lower your ground clearance by about 6 inches. The rear tire carrier needs to be tightened every 5 times I open the back doors. ( I keep the tools to do so handy 3/16" hex and a 1/2" socket. I believe a little more thought could be put into the upper support and also the swing away carriers don't stay open.. maybe a gas shock is in order.. but for the $2400 price tag I'm not that thrilled with my purchase. I'm going to have to pay some one $500 to fix the problems due to the fact I can't weld aluminum........ yet. Front bumper is really nice no complaints with that yet but I haven't hooked my 16.5 ti winch to anything yet to see if it flies off when I need to pull myself out of something.. the only support is at the dog ears on the frame, I believe there should be some other frame attachment. IMHO.
$495 Nerf Bars
plus whatever the front hitch costs I think $65.. I blocked it out.
with tax over $5000..hmmm I wonder how far my head was up my A#$ when I decided to blow that wad of cash.
Hindsight, I could have saved a bundle, been patient, bought a tube bender and made some serious OFF ROAD BUMPERS and Sliders for my VAN.. that would have lasted, instead I over payed to satisfy my impulse buyer and have some very pretty and expensive ornamental alumawork on my van.
If and when I decide to dump the equipment I'll be selling at a discount price. Because I know it won't hold up to the punishment that's coming for it.
Stay tuned on the classifieds.
I took mine back before my two week Tour de Utah for tweeking
They ran thru everything, replaces bolts and washers on both swing arms
Welded in Door Holder Opener Thingys
Spent 3 hours on my rig
My invoice was less than $100
My bet is that if you documented your concerns, and could not get to thier shop
they would work out a deal to have it tweaked locally
Never heard of anyones winch pulling out
Neigbor hit my bump at high speed coming in to park
Tore off all her molding, can openered the passenger side
Car was totaled
I had to spend 3 minutes getting the scuffed paint off
Being as these rigs are heavy to start with
Methinks that added weight of steel front and rear would be alot