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Hey all,

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up about the Extreme Terrain company as well as their cheap Chinese bumpers. It goes without saying that you get what you pay for, and I've learned my lesson. I installed the Barricade "Heavy Duty" trailforce front bumper on my '13 JK, and it's been on there for 2 years. The amount of rust spots in both traffic and non traffic areas caused by the crap powder coat finish coming off is crazy. I need to keep sanding spots down and painting as to avoid total rust through. The only solution is for me to bed coat it, which will happen when it gets warm. Or I may bite the bullet and get a real bumper.

I did contact Extreme Terrain and they stated the finish isn't covered. I could understand abuse, but most of the areas where the finish is coming off aren't in high impact areas like in front of the tires.(That area is trashed) The company was completely unwilling to assist. This and the fact that most of the junk they sell is cheap Chinese crap, I would stay far away.

Again I learned my lesson and am out $300 bucks, however if you are gonna spend this much on the Jeep itself then it makes sense to save money longer and go with reputable brands and companies, especially those that make their products in the US. Don't make the same mistake I did, stay away from this crap company and their crap products. :frown2:
 

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please let me be clear : the following is only to offer help as someone did for me long ago.
I understand the therapeutic benefits of the airing of grievances.

I lastly wanna make certain it's understood by firmly establishing that the vendor ( I'll politely remind the OP) of which you speak may or may-not make properly powdercoated parts for the JK aftermarket; I honestly don't know 'cuz I ain't got any of their parts.

Now that thats all clear , I'm gonna sound so old and repetitive if not cliched by saying," an ounce of prevention "* by reminding the reader of something. Its been my experience that - when unaided by further protective solutions- even the best powdercoating cannot withstand the noxious,corrosive salt brews our state DOTs concoct each winter (to deal w/ ice )let-alone exposure to modern rains for long.


I'll bet the OP that unless you do something to prevent it, that investment in a " good" bumper will also begin to come to rust & be the manufacturers fault. You can $pend for aluminum ( it too will tarnish from salinity if you don't prevent it ) and not worry about it or slather The Entire Jeep in a barrier of a water denying ,industrial-grade lubricant.

I have my own steel bedlined things as well as 'decent' but flaking , "quality" aftermarket parts made of steel ( I generally go for aluminum) where entire square-inches of bare metal have chipped and lie open for several seasons yet display no rust at all.

I spend about $35 annually for three whole Jeeps to make sure nothin rusts.







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= even the cheapest powdercoating won't matter w/ this stuff. Plus , you get an added bonus of smelling like a lanolin production facility , too. :jeep2:


( edit bonus: in honor of "national women's day march in a pink hat parade " or whatever , I will confirm your girlfriend or wife will bay like a 馃悜 if you spray this on yourself then tell her to make you dinner if she wants some lovin.
I promise. )
 

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Fluid Film is one of the best corrosion preventers I've used. I like it for my boats and JetSkis because it doesn't make the electrical tape unravel and become gooey. It also rinses off without too much effort if you want to work on the engine. The smell though, smells like dead sheep skin, because it kinda is.. lol. But it works excellent regardless.. :)

As far as the bumper goes, it has gotten 4 collonite waxes since new, and I installed a hot water spigot on the outside of my house which I use with salt away to rinse the vehicles down both underside with a lawn sprinkler and on top. The hot water helps bust through the slush buildup, and in general rinses better however will still obviously freeze if it's crazy cold out..

My point is, while I didn't go nuts with it I think the bumper got enough treatment within the period of 2 years not to flake and rust the way it did. My truck has MOPAR chrome sidesteps and they held up over the course of 5 years with the same maintenance regiment. Also, being within the warranty period I think they should have at least given some sort of coupon code for some money off on something different, I understand the manufactures warranty clearly states about the finish, but still. And I think we can all agree that if you bought a screwdriver from Horrible freight, it's american snap on counterpart, while more expensive will hold up way better.. Same would hold true for this bumper, which is so straight from China that when new it smelled like it.. That's my fault however, and lesson learned, I am just writing this so others don't make the same mistake.,.
 

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Last fall I had an "accident" in my Jeep. While my Jeep was at the body shop, my insurance adjuster called me up and offered me at no charge a front and rear bumper, new in box that he had ordered for a flood victim. Said victim told adjuster he sold his Jeep. I told adjuster, hell yeah (sight unseen). Turns out the bumpers were Barricade Bumpers. Look nice and they fall under the category of "fitness for purpose". I too found a few areas where the powder coating had been chipped and was rusting. I got out my dremel tool and sanded the rust to shiny metal and then hit it with some Extend. After it dried up I hit it with some black rattlecan. No problem. Prior to retirement I was a welding inspector/NDE specialist. I did look at the welds and found no problems. The metal is 3/16" thick. and the front bumper weighs 79 pounds. Would I have bought these bumpers? Maybe. But I would have looked at the numerous mfg's. models to. Especially VKS's. Bottom line is the bumpers do the job they were intended for, but just because they are fabbed in China doesn't necessarily mean the metal is inferior. A manufacturer/reseller guaranteeing the powder coat against chipping is akin to a windshield mfg doing the same against rock chips. If your bumper is so bad that it is close to totally rusting your best move would be to have it blasted to shiny metal, primed and rattlecanned black or whatever color you like. Everyone has their own personal standards, some sensible and some not. Some not sensible usually end up in this section. :surprise:
 

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So your "off-road" bumper's finish has started to diminish after 2 years of year round use ? Big fucking deal. What did you expect them to do, send you a new one? Take it off - or leave it on, bed line it and move the fuck on. $15 later and it'll look good as new.


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I've got the same bumper on mine. Had it for about 2 2-1/2 years. I'll take a picture tomorrow, but it looks good.


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