It may be tempting to build your own steel bumper for your truck. It’s inexpensive and you get to customize the bumper any way you want. However, this type of project is not for everybody.
Making your own steel bumper is a lengthy and difficult process, and the bumper may still not come out as neat and sturdy as you’d like it to be. Before deciding to get yourself a DIY steel bumper kit, ask yourself this question…
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To put it plainly, you need a lot of welding experience to build a sturdy steel bumper. Even though you’ll save some money when you build your own steel bumper, you might not get a lot of value out of the end result with a subpar weld job.
When it comes to steel bumpers, welding is everything. A good weld job ensures adequate protection in the event of a crash. The weld points are the first areas to buckle under pressure, especially if they’re already cracked and rusted as a result of a poor weld job.
When the parts aren’t welded together perfectly, a crack will develop, and it’ll eventually become rusted. It can also happen because:
Basically, you’d be responsible for your own safety in case you get in a crash with a DIY bumper on your truck. There are some DIY steel bumper kits that are designed to provide some safety even with a bad weld, but these are far and in between. (Here's a little more about welding if you are interested.)
Even if you’re an expert welder, you may still want to think twice about building your own steel bumper.
If you want a sturdy bumper that looks good, you’d be better off splurging a little bit more on a custom steel bumper made by professionals. Even though the upfront cost of a DIY steel bumper kit may seem attractive, it may end up costing you a lot more in the long run because of:
Basically, the expenses associated with building your own steel bumper will add up over time. Your $500 DIY bumper kit will turn into a $1,500 bumper in the blink of an eye.
If you have the skills, patience, and right welding tools to build your own steel bumper, you may end up with a solid bumper that will offer adequate protection in the event of a crash. Otherwise, you’d be better off ordering a custom steel bumper made by professionals.
A good shop that makes high-quality custom steel bumpers, such as Throttle Down Kustoms, puts a lot of time and care into building a custom steel bumper with:
We offer built-to-order steel bumpers that are hand-welded and warrantied for life. You have many different designs, finish options, and add-ons to choose from to make your bumper truly custom. Learn more about our custom bumpers here.