Quick update on my visit with Jarrett @ HD Customs. We've all heard from various other members here that the Switchblades are impressive bumpers. I had never seen one in the flesh before, and you really don't get a feel for just how impressive they are until you've got one right in front of you.
All I can say is that there simply cannot be a more innovative and well-constructed bumper available. I was floored by this thing. I have a feeling that if you took the people complaining about the price to actually see one, you could hear a pin drop. They are worth every penny.
Yes, they look great on the outside.....but I need to prod Jarrett to post some pics of the inside of one of these things, because that's where the magic happens. The substructure is ingenious, and the spindle.....the massive spindle extends the full height of the bumper internally, welded not only against a vertical rib for the entire length but also to horizontal crossmembers inside the substructure. Of course, everything is welded on both sides inside and out with typical Jarrett precision.
The tire carrier is another part of the story.....rock-solid, redundant safety mechanisms including a massive grade 8 bolt and a burly latch, plus being able to easily lift or drop a spare without killing yourself. Adjustable Delrin ramping and contact mechanisms to keep everything tight and quiet...The rifled bronze bushing is a nice piece and looks fit for aircraft duty.
OP is right. Buy one. I am!