Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
What are winch bumpers, and how are they advantageous for off-road applications?
Answer: Winch bumpers are simply metal bumpers with mechanical spools attached to them. This mechanical device, or winch, is usually mounted on the front bumper as part of its structure or as an additional fitting. A winch bumper or bumper with winch mountings is a very useful addition to any work vehicle and is usually used to provide pulling assistance for handling cargo and towing. However, a winch bumper on an off-road vehicle can be described as a life-saving device more than a simple hauling tool. Winches can act as a truck's self-recovery device when it is caught or submerged in difficult-to-handle terrain. Instead of pulling objects towards a destination when installed on a work vehicle's bumper, the winch on an off-roader is used more in pulling the truck out and away from sticky situations than dragging stuff along the road.
What is the best kind of bumper for an off-road vehicle like a Dodge Durango?
Answer: Vehicles used for off-road applications, such as the Dodge Durango, require a bumper that will outride rough terrain. Aside from being sturdy and durable, it should also be abrasion-resistant. Since off-road activities will expose the truck to all kinds of weather conditions, road debris, and dirt, a bumper with a simple coating of paint is not enough to keep the front and rear protected while still looking pristine. A primered or textured metal bumper would be the best choice for a Dodge Durango. Although most vehicles would shy away from the heavy weight of metal bumpers, a heavy-duty truck will benefit from its strong makeup and can even help hold the truck's ground during rocky slopes. It is also suggested to pick up a bumper that comes with a variety of fittings that can enhance the utility of the vehicle. A metal bumper with provisions for fog lights, winches, and/or other fittings is the perfect overall bumper that will complete a Dodge Durango's off-road experience.
What kind of bumper finish is the most resistant to rust and road debris?
Answer: When choosing a front or rear bumper for a Dodge Durango, it is important to consider how long it would last given the driving lifestyle of the truck. The life of the bumper would depend not just on its material but also on the finish. In order to withstand the demands of the backcountry, a bumper must be coated with a primer coat that features superior coverage, paint adhesion, and abrasion resistance. Most bumpers are dipped in industry standard "E-coat" to achieve these features. So be sure that the Dodge Durango bumper is either primered with this substance and/or is powdered with additional protective coating to give it a more durable exterior when off the road.