Aluminess Rear Bumpers and Boxes- worth it or overpriced/under-engineered?
I have a 2001 RB-50 v10 4x4 that came with Reunel steel bumpers, which seem to be bombproof. Iíve done some pretty serious off roading without a single issue, rattle or squeak on the spare tire carrier, but every time I see that killer looking Aluminess bumper/tire swing arm/deluxe box/bike swing arm setup, I want it!
As cool as it looks, I guess Iím a little reluctant to pull the trigger on the whole Aluminess setup after reading post after post of rattles, cracks, swing arms sent back for gusset welding, etc. And over on Expedition Portal they basically say that Aluminess swing arms seem ok as long as you stay on pavement, which I donít.
So the question is, since what I have ainít broke, and cost really isnít an issue, are Aluminess swing arms really worth it, or is custom fabrication from a good off road shop a better way to go?