4WDrive - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY BRYAN IRONS @BRYANIRONS Ranch Hand Bumpers – www.ranch­hand.com Pain­less Wiring – www.painlessper­for­mance.com Curt Man­u­fac­tur­ing – www.curtmfg.com

As we saunter through the halls of SEMA ev­ery year we are pre­sented with a myr­iad of of­froad and truck prod­ucts from ev­ery as­pect of the “sport”. Some are purely aes­thetic; oth­ers are strictly “Get’er’dun” en­gi­neered, but most fall some­where in be­tween. This is most preva­lent in the bumper cat­e­gory. While many we see have great flow­ing lines and are very pleas­ing to the eye, we’re pretty sure that the first er­rant shop­ping cart is likely to make it look like the Reynolds wrap off a baked potato.

We also see well-built units with enough wid­gets to give a Swiss Army Knife a run for its money but couldn’t sur­vive a Cana­dian win­ter with­out look­ing like a ship­wreck come spring. We needed a work truck bumper for a 2016 Ram 3500 that would stand up to the rig­ors of work­ing in a ex­ca­va­tor busi­ness ev­ery day and not get us towed out of the mall park­ing lot for look­ing derelict.

We or­dered a rear bumper from Ranch Hand Prod­ucts who are known for build­ing tough as nail units en­gi­neered for work­ing trucks since their in­cep­tion in 1986. Most of Ranch Hands hard­core work truck bumpers uti­lize 3/16” checker plate for added grip and have no-non­sense de­signs that would put a Sherman tanks’ ar­mour to shame. We wanted some­thing just as tough, but a lit­tle less “loud”. Their Hori­zon line of bumpers has taken the knowl­edge of “what works” and made a unit that looks like it be­longs on the ve­hi­cle it’s at­tached to.

When the 50 kg unit landed, we were im­me­di­ately pleased with the smooth lines and soft cor­ners. The 7 Ga. high strength steel was sure to ward off any er­rant rocks or de­bris and built-in steps, marker lights and 1” shack­les were an­other plus. In­cluded were also a set of OLD flush mount LED flood­lights to as­sist in re­vers­ing du­ties com­plete with wiring har­ness.

We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the small de­tails that only a man­u­fac­turer that has been around the block a few times can dis­play. Pow­der coated fin­ishes that last AND can eas­ily be colour matched should you bang them up is one bonus. The pre-drilled and easy to use backup sen­sor grom­mets are an­other. Al­though it would be nice to have a plug and play wiring har­ness for the bumper and the ex­tra lights, the elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion on this unit is noth­ing the home DIYer can’t han­dle, and re-us­ing the fac­tory 7-pin trailer con­nec­tor is just a smart move in our book.

At the end of the day, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the qual­ity and de­sign that went into th­ese bumpers and after a few harsh Cana­dian sea­sons, they are still look­ing great. Mean­while, the fac­tory rear bumper we pulled off the truck seems to be cre­at­ing a rust spot in our drive­way where we pitched it last year. It’s a good thing we up­graded when we did!

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