Clearance, exit angle, and protection! Could we ask for more?
This bumper offers everything I have wanted in a rear bumper but until now have been unable to find. The following are my thoughts on why I like this bumper after having passed on so many others.
Weight ? As stated in my installation article, weight matters. We have used other bumpers on Jeeps that, over time, have flat-out murdered the rear suspension. Nothing demonstrated how detrimental an overweight bumper is than the day Adventure Bob, in pure frustration with the crushing weight of a rear bumper assembly, unbolted it from the TJ and left it at the obstacle he previously could not get over while the bumper was attached.
Good looks ? Most aftermarket bumpers are not full width, and while this criticism is superficial, many of the bumpers that are full width really don?t look that good. The Olympic AT Slider rear bumper, for me, blends a full width protection with the cleaner look of a narrow width bumper. Of course this is cosmetic and you have to make that decision for yourself.
Corner protection ? Whether going through the Golden Crack or over boulders, there are plenty of opportunities to damage your Jeep tub. The improved corner clearance (compared to OEM) allows me to pass through many obstacles without making contact. And where contact is made, the sheet metal of the corner is protected by 1.5? x .120? round steel tubing.
Class II Receiver ? A factory receiver hitch mounts well below your Jeep?s rear bumper and seriously interferes with exit angle. Olympic?s integrated receiver doesn?t affect exit angles and allow me to use an aftermarket cargo carrier
off-road because of the increased height of the receiver.
All is not roses though? If I use the factory receiver, I can?t use the cargo carrier off-road. If I use the cargo carrier with the Olympic receiver, I have to move the tire inboard. Whatcha gonna do? For myself, I choose to move the tire inboard.
If you are looking for a bumper that offers clearance, great exit angle, keeps your Jeep tub protected, and is light weight, then consider the Olympic AT Slider Rear Bumper.
Personally I am sold on this bumper, and after a summer of wheeling it will not be leaving my Jeep anytime soon.