Like many of you, I obsessed on bumpers and then made a decision to invest in the one I thought was best. I actually like the design of the genright bumpers not to mention the folks there that I have had the opportunity to work with. Unfortunately, there is what I personally feel is a critical design flaw in that the bumper is cut to high and close to the body. Yes, it looks cool and you can slam the bumper down on granite boulders. I have done it. What you cannot apparently do is slam down on the left rear frame rail as I did. There is enough flex between the tub, frame and rubber bushings that the genright bumper comes into contact with the body. In my case, the damage caused by this one incident was $3,800, which included a new rear section of the top (no glass etc). To be clear, I am not here to blame Genright for the damage. The vehicle is insured even for off-road so the damage has already been fixed and paid at this point and I am not here to whine about the damage itself. I also lifted the jeep an additional 2"+ to better clear obstacles (3.5"->4.5" & 35"->37"). That said the bumper still came into contact with the body and it will happen again unless the bumper is modified or replaced with one that is better suited to the amount of torsional flexing that our jeeps can apparently accomplish.
I brought this to genright’s attention as soon as it happened and they strung me along for months until they finally kicked me to the curb telling me how great their bumper is and how busy their owner is traveling on business. Of course, they blamed the installer (me) first), the driver (me) and suggested it was the jeep’s fault because the bushings allowed it to happen.
I like the way the bumper looks and would like to protect my investment in it and put it back on my jeep. If you can suggest an installation issue, please do and please be specific as I used to be a master tech a long time ago in a past life and should be able to fix any possible self inflicted goofs. Honestly, I doubt there is an installation issue but am still open to suggestions.
The only thing I can think of short of Genright changing the design of their bumper so that it is a "no interference" design is to take a plasma cutter to the bumper and trim the top edge off so that it will clear the tub. Problem is that I have neither the tools nor the expertise to pull this off. I don't feel that I should have to go through the expense of (paying a third party for) remediating the design of an expensive bumper.
Has anyone else experience this issue this brand or any other brand of steel rear bumper? If so, how did you fix it?
I want to try and replicate the issue but am afraid to put the bumper back on and create more damage to the body. We have a fork lift in our shipping and receiving department and the shipping guy is into trucks and will have no problem lifting the jeep at the frame rail. I just can bring myself to do it. Anyone else willing? Lift it on the left rear frame rail to raise the left rear wheel off the ground and see if the bumper contacts the body.
GPS coordinates of the drop off where I did this at Hungry Valley in case anyone wants to try this too….
It looks like a cement retaining wall thingy.
It would be great to see options for rear stubby bumpers that will not come into contact with the tub when pushed to the limits and would like to avoid cutting off the rear of the frame as with the Poison Spyder BFH, the JCR or the TNT Customs.
A couple of pictures….
Thanks in advance for any help getting this resolved.
Just to be clear, I do like every other aspect of this bumper and would like to find a way to put it back on my jeep.