Been a while since I posted a poll, and this is one I've been wondering about for a while. Another post reminded me that I wanted to ask. Note that I'm asking which one you have installed, not which one do you like/want.
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I got in on the Rhino group buy after hitting a tiny deer with my plastic factory bumper. I felt that it looked slightly more factory than most of the other choices.
I love the way the Rhino looks when its color matched. Just a beautiful design all around. I'm planning to go with Dissent once my home purchase is complete, but Rhino was a very close 2nd place in my decision ranking. I just can't get over how pretty Ben's welds are.
What are people's thoughts on front bumpers "disabling" the crumple zone?
It seems helpful to have this kind of armor in a low speed collision, or when hitting a deer, but in a head-on collision it seems very dangerous. All that energy that was supposed to be absorbed by the car's crumple zone, is now going straight into the occupants. Instead of "gradually" going from highway speed to zero, it happens immediately.
Though it seems like some smaller bumpers without bull bars (like Dissent?) might not have this problem?
Good question and one people need to think about when deciding to modify their vehicles. The short answer is that replacing the OEM front bumper and crumple bar with a heavy steel full on bull bar style bumper like my TJM T13 bolted directly to the frame is less safe in a head on collision. The engineered crumple zones extend the time of impact which reduces the impulse needed to stop the forward momentum of the vehicle which reduces the force felt by the occupants in the vehicle.
So why did I choose my TJM bumper? Well, in my judgement (and experience), I am much more likely to hit a deer than another LC going the other way at 70 mph.