Anyone have a TJM Rear Bumper & Carrier

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Romer, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. Romer

    Romer fatherofdaughterofromer Moderator

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    I did a search and didn't find any pics of the TJM. I would like a TJM owners review of the bumper. I know the Slee is nicer and more durable. I don't like the Kaymar the way it is on the sides. 4x4 labs is nice, but I don't want to go the calif.

    I like both Slee's and Hanna's, just want to make sure I look at the TJM.

    Pics and a review of the tire carrier would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Bob_Garrett

    Bob_Garrett

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    I have had a TJM on my 80 for about 3 years.

    Pros:
    Easily installed
    Looks like a factory bumper
    Comes with pivots on left and right sides.
    Tire carrier can be ordered for left or right (or both)
    Supports a 35" tire (but is designed for a 33)
    Can be used with most trailer hitches

    Cons:
    Poor quality powdercoating (mine started cracking and peeling within 2 years)
    35" tire hangs to low (33 would be ok)
    Not as good of a departure angle as the Slee or Hanna bumpers
    Wings are not strong enough to withstand serious rock bashing.

    The TJM is a decent bumper for moderate off-road use (other than the crappy powdercoating job), but is not the best choice if you plan to do any serious rock crawling. The tire carrier works fine as long as you running a 33" or smaller tire. A 35" tire hangs down too low, causing the tire to hit when coming off steep rock ledges and if you're not careful, it can force the tire into the rear window.

    I bought the TJM because I had a 40% discount coupon from a TLCA event raffle which brought it's cost down to less than half the cost of a Slee or Hanna unit. If I had it to do over, I would probably try to trade the certificate for something else and buy one from Christo.

    Hope that helps.

    Bob
    tire carrier-open2.jpg tjm2.jpg
     
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  3. reffug

    reffug

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    I've got it on my rig as well. Pro's and con's have already been pretty well described above. However I did bang the sh_t out of mine this weekend at CMCC and it held up incredibly well. Both the guys following my truck told me they thought it would be trashed but it walked away with only one very minor ding, that if you didn't own the truck you would probably never notice. Anyway I know alot of people have said it won't take a beating but I must now respectfully disagree.
     
  4. Romer

    Romer fatherofdaughterofromer Moderator

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    Thanks guys. Doesn't look like a bad bumper. I knew it wasn't as durable as the others
     
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