Bumpers are a crucial part of off-road pickup trucks. They provide protection to the truck and its passengers in case they get into an accident, and also give them a more rugged look. So if you’re thinking about buying an off-road bumper for your truck, then this article is for you! We have compiled ten of the best bumpers on the market that will not only protect your vehicle but make it stand out from other pickups on the road as well.
In this article, we will go over both front bumpers, as well as rear bumpers! So make sure to read through the whole thing to make sure you are taking a look at the complete set.
|Our Favorites||The Product||Rating|
|Most Extreme Front Bumper||Fab Fours Grumper||5|
|Best Value Front Bumper||Rough Country Heavy Duty Front LED Bumper||4.5|
|Best Winch Front Bumper||Warn Ascent Front Bumper||4.5|
|Best Value Rear Bumper||Rough Country Rear LED Bumper||4.5|
|Lightest Rear Bumper||N-Fab RB Pre-Runner||3.5|
- Front Bumpers
- 1. Fab Fours Premium Front Bumper
- 2. Rough Country Heavy Duty Front LED Bumper
- 3. Fab Fours Grumper Front Bumper And Grille
- 4. Body Armor ECO-Series Front Winch Bumper
- 5. Warn Ascent Front Bumper
- Rear Bumpers
- 6. Westin Pro-Series Rear Bumper
- 7. Fab Fours Black Steel Elite Rear Bumper
- 8. Body Armor PRO-Series Rear Bumper
- 9. Rough Country Rear LED Bumper
- 10. N-Fab RB Pre-Runner Style Rear Bumper
- What to look for when buying an off-road bumper?
- Frequently Asked Questions
An off-road front bumper will do a ton of good for your truck! It will fend off brush, protect your paint, and even help you with impact if you slide or run off the side of the road into a ditch. Here are my favorite front bumpers, and I’ll leave it to you to decide which one works best for your application.
1. Fab Fours Premium Front Bumper
Yes, you will likely see Fab Fours on this list a few times, mainly because I think they are an extremely cool brand, that is built with high quality and is unique in the industry.
Apply the Fab Fours Premium Front Bumper on your lifted truck to allow for much more tire clearance and protect your front end from damage.
The bumper is securely mounted on with two-piece mounting system which allows a “custom” fit while also being winch ready.
Included are Fab Fours signature injection molded light housings, fog lights, and turn signals; 90mm fog and 60mm turn signals will help clear out any fog or poor weather conditions ahead of time!
The whole bumper is put together with a combination of 1/4″ and 3/16″ steel that is fully welded, which is one of the beefiest you will see on the market today.
Compatible Brands: Dodge (Ram), Chevrolet, GMC, Toyota
- Winch compatible
- Very cool, yet restrained design
- Reputable brand
- High quality
- Rather large
2. Rough Country Heavy Duty Front LED Bumper
This brand does an awesome job presenting great products for a good price, making this one of the best options if you are on a budget. It is still from a reputable brand, but for a fraction of the price from many other companies.
The Rough Country Front LED Bumper is an easy-to-install (only takes about 3-4 hours) upgrade for the front of your truck.
With four 2″ Rough Country LED Cubes and a 20″ rough country led light bar, this bumper will not only give your vehicle upgraded looks but also increases safety off-road.
This product is made out of durable steel which removes obstacles that could potentially damage the bodywork and it retains factory tow hooks and proximity sensors!
Compatible Brands: Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota
- Great value
- LED light bar included
- More compact design
- Flush to sides of pickup
- Unknown steel gauge
- No built in tow hooks
3. Fab Fours Grumper Front Bumper And Grille
So, you didn’t think the Premium Front Bumper was quite insane enough for you? This Grumper might be your solution, as it completely transforms the front-end of you truck. I have gotten a chance to see these in person, and they are incredible.
The Grumper Truck bumper is a two-in-one design that combines the versatility of front grille inserts with the toughness of four-sided Winch competitors.
The result: a sleek, raw and aggressive integrated truck accessory, complete with 9 interchangeable pieces for an upscale set up to suit your needs.
Weighing in at pounds, the Grumper delivers increased air flow to your engine with its lower cut out design while still ensuring that your rig has a sense of style. Tested to clear 3×3 Rigid Industries lights, the Fab Fours 2 stage black powder coat finish ensures that this bumper lasts for years on the road.
If you are wanting to completely change the look of your truck, and be as unique as it gets, this is going to be the best out there.
Compatible Brands: Ford, GMC, Dodge (RAM), Jeep
- Completely changes design of the truck
- Winch compatible
- Replaces both bumper, and grill
- Very expensive
- You will never blend in
4. Body Armor ECO-Series Front Winch Bumper
Keep your vehicle looking great and get to be the envy of your friends by adding this bumper with 1/8″ thick steel, for aggressive styling without weighing down the car. The easy bolt-on installation doesn’t require any cutting or drilling, making it a quick process.
Pair that with a winch compatible build, OE sensor compatibility and light fixtures, that fits 20″ dual row LED middle and 4 cube LEDs, it makes for a great all around bumper!
If you are looking for something a little more rugged, this bumper is the perfect option.
While this one isn’t the most, or least expensive bumper on this list of great bumpers, it does offer a great value, rigidity, and styling for the price.
Compatible Brands: Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge (RAM)
- LED light compatible
- Winch compatible
5. Warn Ascent Front Bumper
The Warn Ascent Front Bumper is designed to be durable and easy to install. It’s raised up high so you can maintain the clearance that you need on your vehicle, with a sturdy angled design.
Made from 11-gauge steel, it withstands rigorous salt spray testing without any corrosion, which means more protection for your vehicle!
The bumper accommodates oversized tires for maximum ground clearance and approach angles, and includes pre-drilled bolt holes and cutouts for ease in mounting a winch. This product reportedly does interfere with driver assist software.
I really like that the styling of this bumper includes a bull bar built in, and is able to handle any Warn branded winch!
Compatible Brands: Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Toyota, Dodge (RAM)
- Bull bar built in
- Great styling
- 11 gauge steel
- Winch capable
- 1 year warranty
Front bumpers make a lot of since to have one your truck, however why should you buy a rear bumper for your truck? Rear off-road bumpers give you a lot of capability, such as impact protection, additional ground clearance and angles for going up hills.
They also generally give you more hooks, LED light compatibility, and just rugged looks.
6. Westin Pro-Series Rear Bumper
The Westin Pro-Series Rear Bumper is the perfect addition to any truck. The textured black finish, lightweight design and slim one-piece modern design will give your truck a new style that you’ve been looking for.
It’s more than just a rear bumper though – this bumper adds ground clearance while also approaching at an angle of 20 degrees which makes it easy to drive in crowded parking lots or on bumpy terrain like mountain passes, dirt tracks and even snowy roads!
With two attachment points for tail lights or flash racks, catering for OEM hitch installation, accommodating most parking sensors including blind spot monitors as well as convenience around tight corners thanks to optional LED back up lights then all you need are some fantastic LED lights for the rear to light up whatever is behind you (please don’t use these on public roads).
Constructed with 10-gauge steel, the bumper enhances ground clearance for those off-roading adventurers, includes mounting brackets and hardware for a bolt-on installation onto your truck without drilling.
Compatible Brands: Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge (RAM), Toyota
- High strength (10 gauge steel)
- Laser cut styling
- Easy installation
- Available for quite a few trucks
- Works with sensors
7. Fab Fours Black Steel Elite Rear Bumper
If you’re in the market for a rear bumper, the Fab Four’s Black Steel Elite Rear Bumper is the perfect solution. Sleek black steel with a sleek finish means everyone will be watching your back.
They combined industry-standard Ranch style design with their premium line to produce an unparalleled styled product.
The smooth matte black aluminum plate and pipe work ensure that this bumper is as pleasing to look at as it is strong; it sits on top of 12 gauge steel.
All Fab Fours’ products meet all National Highway Administration regulations, come with factory plugs for pre non-sensor vehicles and easy installation which guarantees quality craftsmanship even if you’ve never installed before
As always, I really do like the products that Fab Fours pushes out, and this one is no different! It would go great with any of the front bumpers we talked about earlier in this article.
Compatible Brands: Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Toyota
- Great styling
- Good paint finish
- Decent price point
- Not heavy duty
8. Body Armor PRO-Series Rear Bumper
The Body Armor 4×4 PRO-Series Rear Bumper is great for the stylish off-road enthusiast. With clean simple styling that surpasses your boring stock bumper, this Pro-Series Rear Bumper looks perfectly at home on both the street and trail.
Designed to easily replace your factory bumper, this Body Armor 4×4 Rear Bumper lets you flaunt your wild side without compromising safety or performance. Along with a 3/16″ steel plate and bolt on installation, this PRO Series rear has parking sensor cutouts to make navigating tight spaces much easier than before.
I personally really do like the angled styling that this bumper offers, as well as the thick steel. If you are looking for a heavier duty bumper for your truck, this one might be it.
Compatible Brands: Toyota
- 3/16″ Steel
- Quality build
- Fits square LED pods
- Very heavy
- Not compatible with many brands
9. Rough Country Rear LED Bumper
This Rough Country Rear LED Bumper is designed with two integrated steps, which give you easy access to the truck bed. The bumper also comes with two Rough Country Black-Series 2″ LED Flush Mount Cubes for your rear illumination, and outshines factory hitch receivers with ease.
Rough Country’s Rear LED Bumper offers improved illumination for your rear and easy access to the bed of your truck. This low-maintenance upgrade is durable, stylish, and can withstand any terrain that crosses its path. As an added bonus, each bumper includes backup sensor relocators so you don’t take a chance on someone backing into it!
If you are looking for a great budget bumper, that still is extremely functional, this is a great option for you. Having those additional steps on the bumper can be a game changer for accessing items in the bed of your truck.
Compatible Brands: Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Dodge (RAM)
- Great price
- Steps built in
- LED light compatible
- Easy install
- Relocates sensors
- No advertised steel gauge
10. N-Fab RB Pre-Runner Style Rear Bumper
Every truck is well equipped for the rigors of off-roading, but they never seem as ready for it as when they’re equipped with a rear pre-runner style bumper. The N-Fab RB utilizes stock mounting points to keep installation easy and leaves plenty of clearance at those points thanks to the .095 wall tubing material.
The tough gloss black or textured powder coating finish will stand up better than any off roader deserves and it’s backed by 5 year limited warranty on its finish and a lifetime warranty for workmanship. And should you want to color match your bumpers with other exterior portions of your vehicle, there are kits offered in order to achieve that look. Put an end to twisting up your factory bumper – get yourself one of these.
This is probably the most unique rear bumper on this list! While most of the others are angular, black styled bumpers, this one is truly lightweight, and is reminiscent of what you would see in an off-road race. If you want to stand out from all the rest, and want something lightweight, this is a great bet.
Compatible Brands: Ford
- Tubing style bumper
- 5 year warranty
- Cool styling
- Gives you much more clearance
- Maintains sensor locations
- Not heavy duty
What to look for when buying an off-road bumper?
Buying an off-road bumper isn’t just as easy as finding one that looks cool, and clicking the buy button! There are quite a few things you should be paying attention to, to make sure you are spending your money in the right way. Here are the things that I recommend you take a look at on each bumper you are considering.
Gauge of steel
This is by far the most important part (outside of fitment) in making sure you get a good bumper!
Too thin of steel, and it isn’t going to do your truck any good, and will just bend and possibly damage your truck more than if it didn’t have it.
Too thick of steel and it weighed down that end of the vehicle, which unnecessarily affected the performance of your truck.
Let’s be honest, you are likely buying this bumper just to make your truck look cooler, and that is okay! If you are keeping an eye on style, then you need to make sure that the bumper matches your trucks styling.
There are plenty of different colors, and all different styles of bumpers to choose from, so you are sure to find one that matches your style.
Surprisingly, it is important to pay attention to the brand you are buying. If you buy a cheap knock off, you may get similar quality, but it may not fit your truck quite right, leaving you with hours of work trying to get it to work right.
Good brands, like the ones on this list above, take the time to make sure everything is just right for you. This is something that you should keep an eye on when you are looking for a bumper.
Fitment for your specific truck
This is actually a really easy one to do! If you are buying a bumper online, brand new, you are going to have drop down menus to make sure you are buying exactly the one for your truck. If your truck doesn’t show up in those drop down menus, don’t try to make it work!
Instead, give a quick call to the manufacturer, and see if there is anything they can do for you. They may have a different kit, or bumper all together that might work well for your purposes.
Most installations of a bumper will only require basic hand tools, and a drill. If anything else is needed, you will see in the instructions that are included with it when you purchase your bumper kit
However, there are more difficult bumpers to install, so make sure to pay attention to the difficulty level during your shopping!
Frequently Asked Questions
Off-road bumpers can range heavily in steel thickness, however the most common is going to be 12 gauge steel. You will also commonly find 1/4″ steel, and even 1/8″ steel. When choosing, you definitely need to make sure you weigh out whether you are looking for lightweight yet not quite as strong, or if you need heavy duty, but heavy.
Most off-road bumpers do not come with LED lights. You will want to purchase those separately for install! Thankfully most bumpers allow you to install the lights after the installation of the bumper, which allows you to see what you want afterwards, instead of having to get it all at once.
For the most part, off-road bumpers are an easy install! Anyone with a little bit of mechanical knowledge should be able to put one of these on no problem. You will likely want to account for 3-4 hours to install the first time you do it, and likely will want a second person around to help lift it into place.
I hope this article helped you find the bumper you were looking for! Getting the right bumper for your truck is important no only for keeping the truck in good condition, but also to keep you truck looking good as well.
These are a lot of fun, and can completely transform the look of your truck in a single day. They are a bit expensive, but are totally worth it.