Materials

CHOICE OF 3 MATERIALS

Buckstop Bumpers are built to be used and abused. The bumper is fully intended to protect the vehicle through an optimal balance of strength and weight. Buckstop Truckware is a full engineering and manufacturing facility with all operations in-house. Custom designs are available as well as special materials. Buckstop works in standard carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel.

CARBON STEEL

The main-stay of Buckstop’s heavy-duty, high strength top quality Bumpers

Carbon is the basic steel from which most things including most bumpers are made.   It is very difficult to dent in animal strikes and resilient in other collisions. Buckstop bumpers for full sized rigs are 1/4″ steel in the primary impact zone and winch center and 3/16″ steel under the headlights. Half ton full size vehicles are 3/16” throughout.

    • The advantages of Carbon Steel are low cost and its ability to absorb impact.
    • A typical ¾ ton full-sized bumper with grill guard weighs approximately 220lbs.

ALUMINUM

Light-weight aluminum engineered to maintain Buckstop’s tradition of brute strength 

Aluminum is a favorite choice in cases where weight is critical. To maintain Buckstop’s standard of strength, the aluminum bumpers are 3/8” thick in the primary impact zone and winch center and 1/4″ steel under the headlights.  The geometry and gusseting is enhanced as well. The aluminum bumpers use steel mounting to the frame and steel Grill Guard tubing where the bumper is especially vulnerable.   In addition, the 2” trailer receiver is a steel bolt-on configuration. It could easily be made lighter,   thinner, and without so many features, but it comes at the cost of strength.

  • The advantage of aluminum is a weight savings of 90lbs over steel and a resistance to corrosion.
  • Finish – the aluminum bumpers are powdercoated just like steel. There is an extremely nice option for a brushed raw finish with powercoat clear over top. In this case the steel guard can be done in polished stainless steel or in a silver powdercoat.
  • A typical ¾ ton full-sized bumper with grill guard weighs approximately 130lbs.

STAINLESS STEEL

Maximum strength. Maximum corrosion resistance.

Stainless steel is a higher strength material than regular steel that will essentially never rust. Typically, stainless steel is chosen for its ability to be polished to a mirror finish.

  • The advantage of stainless steel is excellent resistance to corrosion and ability to be polished to a mirror finish
  • Finish – the stainless steel bumpers are powdercoated just like steel. Optional polished mirror finish.
  • A typical ¾ ton full-sized bumper with grill guard weighs approximately 220lbs.