Clarification on custom/metal aftermarket bumpers

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Re: Clarification on custom/metal aftermarket bumpers

Post by Alex » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:46 pm

Asim wrote:
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:30 pm

Hi adrian,

1)In general Metal Bumpers are not allowed unless they come from factory PERIOD (like TJ) or were installed by the dealer ie (ARB bumper on somer pajeros)
2)Metal bumpers will not clear annual inspections
3)Insurer can possibly deny a claim because, most if not all insurance policies have a clause which reads "Vehicle Specification- Your Car is in good condition, as per GCC specifications. It has not been modified from the manufacturer's original specification"
4)A new rule came into effect from 1 June 2017 with respect to car modifications. If the garage which is making u the bumper is listed with the authorities and if they give you a letter stating that the modification ( STEEL bumper) is road legal then u shud'nt worry. This has not yet been tested yet as its fairly new however i have seen letters from the dealers where genuine aftermarket upgrades were installed by the dealer. ... -1.2026433
6)Not all insurers here provide offroad cover. if im not wrong only AXA RSA and (ONE MORE-cant recall the name) provide PROPER and LEGIT offroad covers, all other insurers state that they cover offroad incidents but if u closely read the terms n conditions it wud say that offroad means 5 to 10 meters from road.
5)Lastly, steel bumper wud be toooooooo heavy ;) ;)
Hey there

So far this is the best answer!
My experience in Tajeel, I could not pass car with metal bumper, other moods could be fine...

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Re: Clarification on custom/metal aftermarket bumpers

Post by GrandDubai » Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:55 pm

I had full steel Rugged Ridge bumpers on my Jeep JK and passed RTA every year at the strict Al Barsha Centre, simply by fixing 2 rubber blocks where the shackle mounts were. No problem, as long as they stick out further than lights, fairlead, whatever.

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Re: Clarification on custom/metal aftermarket bumpers

Post by extensive7 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:55 pm

Thanks for the Important info provided above. I totally agree with what mentioned.
Steel bumpers are mostly illegal and heavy.
I believe they are not the choice for dune bashing setup vehicles.
I guess the main reasons for steel bumper is protection and winching. They are mostly used for overland setup vehicles in Australia, South Africa, and th US. They even call them "bull bar" that means the steel bar that protects the vehicle when crushes a bull. So, they are basically made to protect against animals crushing while touring.
Some alternatives are started to appear in the global market like RHINO 4X4 FRONT BUMPERS ... x-200.html


Unfortunately RHINO products are not available in UAE market. They are available in Australia, Argentina and South Africa.
SMART BAR is also not available in the UAE market but can be provided by ARB dealer by special order.

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Re: Clarification on custom/metal aftermarket bumpers

Post by Pbencini » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:27 am

Asim wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:55 pm
An alternative to steel bumper is to get a tubular bumper made from a lightweight alloy.
The bumper on my Fj weighs between 10 to 15kilos only.
These tubular bumpers r winch compatible and flex on hard landings if fabricated properly.
Hi Asim,
Any luck clearing Rta with a tubular bumper eg from titan? Looking for a change as my own bumper is just about “hanging on”.

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Re: Clarification on custom/metal aftermarket bumpers

Post by david123 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:25 pm

When a pleasant individual decided to reverse into and damage my standard 2014 JK front bumper and drive off I decided to go for the aftermarket steel AEV front bumper instead of just getting a new standard front. I have just re-registered the car every year and in the last two months with absolutely no issue whatsoever from the RTA or the insurance company. The only issue I face is that I have to cover my LED light bar that I have mounted on the AEV bumper with cable ties and a bin liner until it passes the test. I do always go to the VIP lane of the test center as well, but I don't think that makes a difference.

With regards to the weight of the bumper affecting performance I don't feel any change, but from an off-road performance point of view I love the fact that coming off steep dunes I can rattle it off the desert floor with no concerns.

My only advice would be as someone else touched on within an earlier post go for a recommended manufacturer. There is a lot of Chinese made bumpers to purchase and in my opinion this is not the part of the car that you want to scrimp a few dirhams.

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