Originally Posted by tan4x4
Seems to me, the ARB is overbuilt (too strong). I think a good bumper should ABSORB the impact, of a 200-lb deer, not just pass it on to the frame and body. Ideally, the bumper and brackets should be destroyed, saving the frame. Then the total damage would be just sheet metal and the bumper itself. Possibly the air-bags may not have deployed.
The truck then would likely not be totalled.
Just my humble opinion, here.
Along the same lines, I think most aftermarket skid plates are also overbuilt, much heavier and thicker than they really need to be for recreational offroading. The competition (extreme) guys would need the 3/16" steel, but 1/8" is fine for the rest.
Given the various amounts of possible out comes and unpredictability of any deer to vehicle collisions, this argument is invalid.
Yes a stock vehicle is designed to absorb and deflect as much force as possible to ensure the safety of the occupants in said vehicle or any of the involved vehicles. However this bumper was not designed or engineered specifically for a front end collision or an impact of such.
As for "recreational" offroading and this bumper being too "over built", I do not quite understand this statement. These bumpers are designed for maximum strength at the "tow" point or winch point. In order to achieve this the bumper was made to be an exstension of the frame itself. Also these bumpers have been designed with a jack point on both sides, in order for this to be possible without an unintended crumple the bumper has been reinforced.
I do not consider myself to be more than a recreational offroader, though I have utilized every one of these features and in no way, shape or form do I feel this bumper was built inadequately.
Anyhow, in such an instance and with the unpredictability of something like this, who knows maybe the angle, speed and weight of the deer would have torn the roof off the truck without this bumper. No one here will know for sure but the pics on google sure explain a lot about deer collisions.
So next time your pulling a buddy out of the mud with you Aries grass wacker and your bumper rips off maybe youll consider a stronger bumper.