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Buckstop Chevy Heavy-duty Bumpers
A proper heavy duty bumper should be able to pack a 16,500lb winch, withstand a deer strike at70 mph, and look good doing it!
Buckstop prides itself on building the highest quality bumper in terms of Strength, Functionality,and Styling. Competitors will have some Buckstop features, but none has ALL Buckstopfeatures.
The design concept at Buckstop is to build a bumper that is first and foremost a useful tool – theSwiss Army Knife of bumpers. This tool kit includes protection against impact, easy winchaccess for those times when you really need it, trailer receiver, tow hooks, light mounts, andother custom options.
Applications for Chevrolet include Silverado 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500, 6500, Tahoe,Suburban, Top Kick, Avalanche, Blazer, and Express Van. Model years span from 1981 tocurrent.
Buckstop is helping people on or off-road Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Working, or just havingfun! Specialty segments include fire and emergency, law enforcement, fleet trucks, andOverland.
Key Features pertaining to Standard Heavy-duty Winch Bumpers
MATERIAL – Full strength. BUCKSTOP bumpers are 1/4″ steel in the primary impact zone and winch center and 3/16″ steel under the headlights. Very difficult to dent in animal strikes, very resilient in other collisions.
REMOVABLE GRILL GUARD – Serviceability. In cases where you need to service your radiator or grill, simply take of the grill guard – no need to un-wire the winch and lights and remove the entire bumper. Also, in the event of an extreme accident, the Grill Guard can be replaced without having to be cut off, re-welded, and re-painted.
WINCH ACCESS DOOR – Keep your winch out of the weather. Top access door latches, protects the winch, and gives a clean look to the truck. When using the winch, remove the Access Door for an ample 2-foot opening to get at winch controls and cable spool.
WINCH READY – Built-in mounting is provided for all standard 4½” x 10″ bolt pattern winches – face or floor mount. This covers almost all automotive winches.
RUST PREVENTION – The best you can buy – sandblast and two-coat powder. BUCKSTOP bumpers are powder coated with an industrial strength, baked-on finish. Each bumper is fully sandblasted, coated with primer powder coat, baked and pre-cured, re-shot with topcoat, and baked and cured one more time. All critical seams are welded, inside and out. An open seam is a sure place for rust to develop.
TOW HOOKS – Gotta have ’em. BUCKSTOP bumpers all have OEM “J” type tow hooks or re-located factory tow hooks. These hooks are easy to work with having plenty of clearance for attaching on a chain or tow strap and 180 degrees of pulling angle.
TRAILER RECEIVER – You never know when… Standard on all BUCKSTOP aftermarket winch bumpers. Used for carrier style winches, backing trailers into tight spots, negotiating that small boat down the ramp with your huge camper or van, attaching a flatbed trailer and using your winch to pull up the load, steps, push bars, tire carriers, the list goes on….
LIGHTS – Pick your brand. BUCKSTOP bumpers have built-in universal light mounts that will accept any brand or style of big 6″ round off road lights. Lights are mounted inside the bumper behind stylish light buckets. Accessory light bar can be added to support up to four more big lights! Additional built-in light mounting is available as well as rectangular LED mounts.
STYLING – No compromises. Careful attention has be given to the finer points of design that set your truck apart from the rest. Compact appearance, Grill Guard that follows the body lines, soft edges, superior finishing, and contours custom made for only your truck.
Enter your vehicle information above to see our complete selection of Chevrolet vehicle applications. You can also order by email or phone 800-431-6978 to discuss your options with a bumper expert!
"BUCKSTOP – no compromises"
An alternative rear bumper body lift raise on OBS Tahoe/Suburban.
I very simply raised the bumper and drilled new holes, the only time consuming part is creating access for the bumper to rise.
By cutting a slot in the brace under the bumper you're able to slide the bumper up into the bracket and drill a new hole. Your bottom bolt location will be the only used in this application.
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Green is the original top bolt hole. Red will need to be drilled, it's near the upper bolt hole but not close enough to use.
Blue is the notched area require to move the bumper up.
Though this only allows for two bolts holding the bumper, I jumped up and down with my 6'6" 209 pound weight and couldn't get it to budge.
The Downsides Of DIY Steel Bumpers
Weld it yourself steel bumpers (aka DIY steel bumpers) are increasingly popular, and while we don't mind the idea of consumers building their own bumpers, there are quite a few issues with this concept. Some of the companies selling do-it-yourself bumper kits are addressing these issues, but many are not.
We're obviously a bit biased against weld-it-yourself steel bumper kits, so we think it's important for consumers to be fully informed before they buy one of these kits. They're a great option for some consumers, but they can also be a source of trouble a couple of years down the road.
Here's what you need to know.
Welding Is Hard And Cracks Are Easy
It might sound obvious, but it's hard to make a good weld...and it's particularly difficult to make a good weld every time. At TDK, this is our mantra - we pride ourselves on having the industry's best weld quality. We care about weld quality because we want our bumpers to look top-notch but also because weld quality matters in two key areas:
- Long-term durability
It's difficult to build a heavy-duty steel bumper yourself without a lot of welding experience. This is because welds crack whenever the parts fit poorly, the weld is contaminated, or the welder is inexperienced.
In terms of long-term durability, steel bumpers are most likely to fail at the weld points. That's because a poor quality weld will crack, and once a crack forms, rust will follow. (More about rust here.) Cracking occurs when the parts don't fit together precisely (an issue with a lot of the cheaper kits), when the weld cools too quickly (an issue when the welder lacks experience), and weld contamination (an issue with welding in dusty or moist environments). If a beginner level welder has a set of poorly fitting parts and welds them together in a dusty old garage, that's a formula for a cracked weld.
Weld Quality Matters In A Crash
In terms of crashworthiness, weld points are the most likely failure points. At TDK, we make sure our welds are extremely strong because we don't want to risk a bumper failure. As a manufacturer, we understand the consequences of a bad weld in a collision.
Many DIY bumper kit manufacturers, on the other hand, have no concerns about what happens in a crash. That's because they put the responsibility on their customer's shoulders. We believe a DIY bumper kit should be designed to be safe, even if the weld quality isn't top-notch. While there are some kits like this on the market, a lot of them are not designed with welder experience in mind. As a result, many of them don't perform in a crash.
DIY Welding Doesn't Save Enough Money
We see lots of the companies who sell DIY bumpers talking about how their $500 kit saves a lot of money over a more expensive pre-made bumper. The problem is, the $500 figure (plus shipping, of course) doesn't account for a lot of your other expenses:
- Bending and/or filling. Many of the inexpensive DIY weld bumper kits don't fit together perfectly. As a result, building them can take several hours of fighting with bending parts or 'filling' gaps. That's several hours of labor time, at whatever you think your time is worth.
- Test fitting. Throughout the DIY bumper build process, it's a good idea to check your progress by putting your bumper on your vehicle, checking how it looks, how it's fitting, etc, and then pulling it off. Each of these test fits takes time and also require a helper - more labor time.
- Finish. Most of the DIY kits need to be finished somehow. Powdercoating is a good option, but it can run $200-$400 depending on where you live.
- Reinforcement. Many of the DIY kits available suggest that bumpers need additional steel reinforcement (not provided) for heavy-duty use. So, assuming your truck bumper is going to be used for more than just looking tough, you've got to buy some additional steel plate, get it cut, and then weld it in place. Figure another $100-$200, minimum.
As you can see, it doesn't take long for a $500 bumper to turn into a $1,000 bumper (plus labor). Considering that you can buy a real, professional steel bumper for another $500, it's hard to see how these kits save money...especially if you value your free time.
If You're Looking For A 'Custom' Bumper, Check Out Our Made-To-Order Bumpers
Last but not least, if you like the idea of building a unique bumper for your truck, check out our build-to-order steel bumpers. Nearly every bumper we offer is customizable, with our new Cyclone bumpers offering more custom options than anything else in our line-up. We've got Cyclone bumpers for all the popular trucks (F-150, Super Duty, RAM 1500 and RAM HD, Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevy and GMC HD, and the Toyota trucks too), as well as our original bumper, our Mayhem bumpers, our Prerunner bumpers, and rear bumpers for all the same models.
Here's our original series bumper with an integrated grille guard - perfect for real-world use, but also customizable for a unique look.
Whatever you decide to do, it's our opinion that most DIY bumper kits are for experienced fabricators only. While many of these kits are marketed as tough and inexpensive, the reality is that they have durability issues and cost quite a bit of cash (plus elbow grease) when it's all said and done. Like a lot of things, it sounds like a good idea until you sit down and put a pencil to it.
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