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I have 1000 reasons to look for lightweight solutions for my FJ Cruiser, as in 1000lbs over gross vehicle weight, as in increased tire & suspension wear and decreased fuel mileage. So when Aluminess mentioned that they were introducing an aluminum front bumper I knew that I didn't just want one, I needed one!
But that doesn't answer why Disabled Explorers should be interested in a new front bumper, well truly there are a number of important factors that a handicapped person should think about when choosing a front bumper replacement. Lightweight to minimize load on the suspension and reduce the chance of breakage, a nice bull bar to hang on to for mobility, a winch mount to aid in recover efforts and ease of access to the winch, shackle mounts that are easy to get at and even approach angle as that is one less way to get stuck or hung up. Remember for the disabled overlander not getting into trouble in the first place is the overriding concern.

To read the rest of the test report and see more 1 legged winch action click here
 

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Nice write up. Really like the whole concept of the weight issue and being strong out on the trail. Want more close up pics! Guess I will have to see it close up at the Summit!
 

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Great review, Lance. You've got a knack for photo journalism, for sure!

BTW, I have the same issue with my Rasta skid and my ARB bumper. I initially tried to flatten that lip with a sledge hammer, and that definitely was counter-productive (thing is tougher than it looks). It looks like I will end up having to take it to a fabrication shop and get them to put it in a sheet metal brake to evenly bend the lip straight.

Either that, or do what Athena did to hers, and cut the lip off at the slots.
 

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Excellent write-up and great pics, too! :bigthumb: Thanks for the info! :cheers:
 

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great write up Lance!

Now if they would only make a rear bumper like the ones they make for sportsmobiles!
 

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Once I am back home I plan to figure out something with the Rasta skid....
And yeah looking first hand at the quality bumper for the massive Sportsmobiles it should be easy to make a rear bumper for the FJC's
 
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