Originally Posted by RelentlessTaco
I'll look into making a rear that works with the factory hitch, but I looked at it when I built my replacement rear that I offer now and these were the things I saw:
-Would only attach with 2 bolts per side; not sufficient for recovery points or hi-lift points built into the bumper
-little to no clearance gains possible.
But, I could certainly make a more rigid bumper 'shell' to replace the factory one. There just wouldnt be a lot gained in replacing it aside from some extra impact strength by the corners, and obviously a different look over stock. Thats why I went the route I did initially
I would definitely be interested in a replacement rear bumper that works with the factory hitch. I've been looking for a replacement rear bumper for a while now, and there are some really awesome ones. The only thing is most of them are meant for hardcore 4wd off roading, and would be kinda pointless on a 2wd truck. Something that just goes in place of the factory one, allows use of factory hitch, offers a little more rigidity, has little difference in weight compared to stock, and just looks better than stock would be awesome. I think there is definitely a market for them and it's definitely worth looking in to. Plus, being made by Relentless just makes it that much cooler.