Are Off-Road Bumpers Worth It?

January 29, 2021


Off-road aftermarket bumpers are a big expense, but are they worth it? What is the point? Is it necessary? We are going to answer all of these questions today. 





Table of Contents

  1. What is an Off-Road Bumper?

  2. Why Would I Get an Off-Road Bumper?

  3. Price of Off-Road Bumper

  4. Weight of Off-Road Bumper

  5. Pros of an Off-Road Bumper

  6. Cons of an Off-Road Bumper

  7. Most Popular Aftermarket Bumpers


What is an Off-Road Bumper?


An off-road bumper is a replacement for your OEM front or rear bumpers. There are tons of brands on the market that offer off-road bumpers.

We would recommend taking a look at Body Armor, Rough Country, Addictive Desert Designs, Road Armor, and Teraflex. We offer all of these on our site here at TrailBuilt Off-Road. Most Off-road bumpers are made of steel. 




Aftermarket Bumper




Why Would I Get an Off-Road Bumper?


Off-roading can get really rowdy and even dangerous, you want to be as best equipped as you can. OEM bumpers aren’t very durable and can't handle the amount of stress that comes with off-roading. My OEM bumper was cracked, scratched, and dented before I upgraded to aftermarket bumpers.


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The fact of the matter is that OEM bumpers aren’t meant to handle the stress of off-roading. The next reason you should get an off-road bumper is to have more recovery points. Some bumpers have winch mounts, clevis hooks, or shackles that make it easy to get yourself out of dangerous situations where you may need to get towed. You will also get more ground clearance with an aftermarket bumper too. 




Off-Road Bumper




Price of Off-Road Bumpers


Bumpers can vary in price quite a bit. They are a really large product and can cost quite a bit, so be sure you found the right one. Our prices for bumpers range from as low as $200 up to over $3,000. The size, amount of steel, weight, and performance will play into the price. 




Steel Bumper




Weight of Off-Road Bumpers


Since these are usually made of steel, they will be exceptionally heavy. Most that get an aftermarket bumper will get a lift kit or even a leveling kit to offset this weight with some extra height so that you don’t droop. This is just another thing to take into account. 




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Pros of an Off-Road Bumper

  • More recovery points

  • Can add more lighting onto them

  • More ground clearance

  • Durable

  • Safe and strong

  • Look great

  • Easy modification 

  • Lots of options


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Cons of an Off-Road Bumper

  • Pricey

  • Heavy

  • Use more gas

  • Can cause droop

  • Lots of bad quality options out there (only buy from TrailBuilt where we will guarantee the quality)


Off-Road Bumper




Most Popular Aftermarket Bumpers


  1. Rough Country Jeep Full Width Front LED Winch Bumper (JK, JL, Gladiator JT)

  2. Rough Country Ford Heavy-Duty Rear LED Bumper (15-19 F-150)

  3. ADD Offroad Stealth Fighter Front Bumper W/ Winch Mount (14+ Tundra)


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At the end of the day, if you off-road or just want your vehicle to look like you do; then yes an off-road bumper is worth it. 

Also, don't forget to take a look at our wheels and tires. We offer wheel and tire packages where you will get free shipping, and free mounting and balancing. We also offer as low as 0% APR financing. 


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