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    Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Anyone know anything about DeMello aluminum front bumpers? I'm going to pull the trigger on a new front bumper pretty soon and wondering if its worth spending the extra $$ to get the aluminum version. It only weighs 50 lbs, vs. 120 lbs for the steel version. Obviously the steel one is going to be stronger, but is the extra strength needed? I'm looking for 1st hand experiences, or 2nd hand if the source is reliable. Thanks!

    PS. Looking at this style in either steel or aluminum

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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    In a crash, Aluminum is gonna absorb the impact, Steel is gonna be the impact. If you aren't actively using your front bumper against rocks or anything gnarly, get the Aluminum. Otherwise, I recommend steel.
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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Thanks. Toughest thing I've been on so far was the last AAT at Lower Larga, on which I gouged my stock bumper up a bit. I wouldn't mind some more challenging trails/sections, but nothing too extreme. I can't imagine the aluminum bumpers fold first time they slide over a rock?
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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by mk-Zero View Post
    Thanks. Toughest thing I've been on so far was the last AAT at Lower Larga, on which I gouged my stock bumper up a bit. I wouldn't mind some more challenging trails/sections, but nothing too extreme. I can't imagine the aluminum bumpers fold first time they slide over a rock?
    They won't fold, they'll just deform instead of scratching. It sounds like Aluminum is the way to go for you.

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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Was just texting with a buddy of mine (who's not on here) that's got one, he said he's dragged it across boulders on Rubicon with no problem...
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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Definitely a safety vs. durability. The steel will survive rocks and fender benders, my steel Demello was without a scratch and folded up a shuttle bus 1/8" steel commercial bumper. Steel rear without a scratch did in an Infinity QX bumper/hatch. Aluminum would not have faired as well.
    High speed crash and my guess is that the aluminum will disperse more energy, also not adding more mass/energy to the mix. Liability with steel bumpers could be a problem, especially if your at fault and a fatality occurs attorneys would ride me like a pony.

    Fortunately with steel the added weight is low, repairs are simple; dents can be pounded back, cracks welded, addition tabs welded. Will rust.

    Aluminum will oxidize under the power coat eventually, rust free in color only.
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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Added weight for steel is low @ 120 lbs? What's the stock bumper weigh, can't imagine its more than like 50-70?
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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    I got the steel bumpers. If I get hit on the freeway I want them to be the decal and not me. I`ve also knocked them around on the trail and they hold up fine.

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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Seems like other than some hypothetical liability, the only real disadvantage to steel is the weight. Guess I could put in stiffer springs up front if I go with steel to compensate, I know some people do that...
    Hmmm, decisions decisions...
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    Re: Steel vs Aluminum bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by mk-Zero View Post
    Added weight for steel is low @ 120 lbs? What's the stock bumper weigh, can't imagine its more than like 50-70?

    Additional mass at a lower vertical position, lowers the center of gravity. Lower better, center better. Over your head, off center is the worst,
    ...I'm looking at you Hi-Lift piece of crap fastened to my rack.

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