When upgrading a factory bumper, knowing what you want and expect from an aftermarket bumper can make the decision easier. The thickness of the steel used is usually a major consideration for purchase. You may be trying to determine exactly how thick the plate steel should be, and what is too thick or too thin for off-road use. After all, the main reason for concern about bumper thickness is the level of protection and strength it will provide.
There is more to consider than thickness when deciding on a bumper purchase. Several things affect the strength and durability of an off-road bumper besides the thickness of the steel, including:
In order for a steel bumper to provide the best protection, it should be between 3/16” and 1/4” thick. Some parts of the bumper need to be thicker than other parts. One part of the bumper may only need to provide impact or cosmetic protection. Another part of the bumper may serve as a recovery point or be load-bearing, such as a winch mount. At Throttle Down Kustoms, we use an ideal combination of 3/16" and 1/4" plate steel to craft the shell of our bumpers. The shackle mounts are made from 3/4" steel.
When it comes to making a high-quality bumper, steel is the least expensive component. Most of the expense comes from experienced welders and fabricators who make the bumper. Fabricating and welding multiple internal supports adds even more cost. All of the skilled labor involved is the biggest cost factor in building a quality bumper, not the steel. However, to minimize cost, some manufacturers do as little welding and fabricating as possible. Instead, they market their bumpers on the thickness of the steel, downplaying the importance of quality construction.
At Throttle Down Kustoms, we value quality and safety above all else. If you're looking for a high-quality steel off-road bumper, look no further than TDK steel bumpers. Our rugged bumpers are among the best on the market because: