While, yes, the bumper did remain intact (i.e., no pieces of it came off), it appears to me that it offered little resistance before folding up upon impact.
As far as this bumper being more or less safe than stubby bumpers, IMO, I think the only person it's "safer" for would be a pedestrian in a low-low-speed situation. Something where the bumper hits the shin/kneecap, rather than a tire.
40 mph guys. I saw the bumper either fold flawlessly inward or collapse. I thought the dummy fared fairly well. It was a solid concrete 2 foot barrier after all. I've never witnessed or responded to an accident scene where a beefy offroad bumper flew into bystanders, but I imagine it's possible.
As far as a ped vs car, they are all pretty bad. Thankfully Jeepers are pretty safe, and even the insurance companies agree. ☺
It does offer a solid teaching of how are Jeeps react. I was impressed. Designers did a fine job.
FYI, if you're worried about safety with after market bumpers, most of them can delay or stop the airbag from deploying at slower speeds. I lost control on a wet dirt road last year and hit a tree on the left d-ring at about 20mph, the airbag never deployed. I'm sure it would have set off the sensor if the speed was higher. My bumper barely had a scratch, the frame was compressed and diamonded.
Yeah... I hear ya. I was trying to decide between ARB Stubby and Poison spyder brawler .. Looks like Poison spyder gets it. The wheel absorbs alot but I'll take a tad more coverage beyond the grill. Interesting video..
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