In the off-road accessories aftermarket, we are constantly bombarded with a multitude of options to outfit our vehicles with from bumpers, step bars, different types of wheels, tires, etc. Due to this influx of products, some off-road and car enthusiasts have begun to go the DIY route when it comes to all the accessories on their ride, including bumpers. A DIY bumper is an alternative to premade bumpers. These bumpers are basically a “weld it yourself” off-road accessory that allows customers to create a one-of-a-kind bumper. While this trend does have some advantages, there are also some considerable disadvantages that should be examined. Below you’ll find information about the pros and cons of a DIY bumper along with other custom Tampa bumper options available to you from LINE-X of South Tampa.
The Advantages of Building Your Own Tampa Bumper
DIY bumpers are all the rage now since people are able to make a truly customized bumper for their off-road vehicle, daily driver, or even show car. If you have enough welding experience (a DIY bumper should never be your first welding project) and have the proper tools on-hand, a DIY bumper in Tampa may be the route for you. Advantages to this aftermarket hobby include:
Custom-Made – One of the greatest advantages of having a DIY bumper is that you made it! There is definitely a sense of pride that comes with being able to say “yeah, I built that” when someone compliments your steel bumper in Tampa. DIY bumpers, give you the flexibility to create a bumper built to your specifications. And, if done well, this can really pay off in the long run. It should be noted though, that to keep up with the DIY bumper trend, many bumper manufacturers such as Fab Fours and Road Armor have stepped up their game to create customized bumpers and other off-road accessories in Tampa that will turn heads both on and off the trails.
Lower Cost – In addition to being able to literally make your own bumper, many people turn towards DIY bumpers because they have the potential to be cheaper than higher quality steel bumpers from top brand bumper manufacturers. As long as you have most of the equipment needed to build your bumper, building a bumper will be cheaper than purchasing most bumpers from industry leaders.
The Disadvantages of DIY Bumpers
Now that we’ve discussed the advantages of DIY bumpers in Tampa, it’s worth going over the disadvantages of the process. Before undertaking any project this large it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons before beginning. Here are some of the disadvantages or “cons” of building your own bumper.
It’s A Major Time Commitment – As with any larger vehicle project, you should expect to spend several hours of your free time working on your bumper. This type of work can become tedious, especially if you’re not used to what auto-body work entails. If you can carve a few hours out of your week or weekends in order to build your Tampa bumper, you should be able to have it built within a couple of months or less. Make sure the time is worth it to you before embarking on this enterprise.
Potential Safety Issues – DIY bumpers are created by the manufacturers to be safely built at home, however, this isn’t always the case. If the person building the bumper in Tampa is unable, for whatever reason, to properly assemble the bumper this could cause major issues down the road. A bumpers most basic function is to protect your vehicle in the event of a collision. If the bumper is assembled or installed incorrectly it may fail to do its job.
Equipment & Skills – If you have both the equipment and skills required to build a bumper in Tampa, this could actually be seen as an advantage. However, if you lack one or the other, this becomes a major disadvantage and can seep into all aspects of the job. In addition to the following equipment, you’ll need to know how to weld, and well. According to MOVE Bumpers (a DIY bumper manufacturer), the equipment and tools required to build your own bumper in Tampa include:
- A Mig welder capable of welding 1/4” plate
- A 4-1/2” angle grinder with grinding wheels, cutting wheels and buffing wheels
- A Welding blanket or some means of protection for the truck
- The truck, along with the bumper, will act as the jig
- A Chop saw (convenient for pre-runners and full grilles but not required)
Tampa Bumper Options
Many people decide to purchase a “weld it yourself” bumper as opposed to a standard bumper from other companies in order to get a unique and customized look to their ride. If you want the customized look of a DIY bumper but ultimately decide that a DIY Tampa bumper isn’t the right choice for you, you still have options. Manufacturers like FabFours and Road Armor offer products that are customized according to your off-road vehicle, budget, and style. Speak with LINE-X of South Tampa about getting one of these or any other high quality, customizable bumpers professionally installed onto your vehicle today.