Due to the construction of the front end of the Mercedes Sprinter van, there are only four tiny M8 factory bolt holes per side available to mount an aftermarket bumper. While this is totally inadequate for an offroad winch bumper, some aftermarket bumpers mount to the Mercedes Sprinter using only these mounting points! If a thick steel bumper is poorly mounted to the vehicle, no matter how strong the bumper is, it will simply fail at its mounting points should an impact or recovery pull occur. Instead, our engineers came up with intermediate mounting brackets that bolt to your Mercedes Sprinter’s main structural frame rails approximately 10″ back from the end of the frame. This is done using the six factory M12 mounting points already present on your Sprinter’s frame, meaning that this bumper requires absolutely no frame/chassis cutting, drilling or modification of any kind! The end result is a total of 14 mounting points between this bumper and your Mercedes sprinter van. While this is certainly overkill, it ensures that impact and winching forces are evenly distributed across your Mercedes Sprinter’s frame. As far as we know, this is by far the most serious winch bumper mounting system available for the 2014-2018 generation Mercedes Sprinter van and will ensure that you can rely on this bumper when you need it most.
The profile of this bumper has been designed with maximum ground clearance and approach angles put first. The bumper sits as high and tight to the front of the 2nd generation (2014-2018) Mercedes/Dodge Sprinter as possible, while the angled lower faces will smoothly slide over obstacles and ensure you do not get hung up on the trail. The side wings of this bumper wrap around to the front wheel wells and tie directly into the main frame mounting plates for true offroad protection. These side wings will take a serious hit without flexing or deflecting into the vehicle body. We know that most 4×4 Sprinter owners want to run oversized tires and more aggressive wheel offsets. This can create interference issues with the stock front bumper. We have thought ahead and specifically designed these bumper side wings to easily clear 35″ tires.
This bumper is also available with an optional lower skid plate that provides a smooth surface to slide across trail obstacles and protects your vulnerable engine bay parts. This is especially important on the Sprinter chassis, as the factory parts leave your engine oil pan and front differential totally exposed to mud and trail impacts. In fact, the Sprinter van that we had into the shop to design this bumper had this area packed full of dried mud that had to be chipped out! Our skid plate covers this area and is made from heavy duty 3/16″ steel or 1/4″ aluminum, ensuring that it can take the heavy trail hits and protect your expensive drivetrain and engine parts. This skid plate is fully CNC-bent into shape out of a single plate of metal and only requires two very small 1″ long welds to complete it.
The main section of this bumper is also CNC-bent out of a single piece of 3/16″ P&O Steel or 1/4″ aluminum. This greatly reduces the amount of welding and grinding required by you and makes for a cleaner finished product. If you are paying to have the bumper assembled by a welding shop, this significantly lowers the cost.
We finished this bumper off with two integrated light buckets for surface mount LED pod lights, a 30″ single row light bar mount (custom light cut outs available by request), an integrated winch mount to accept all standard 8-12k lb winches with removable solenoids, and heavy duty 9/16″ recovery points that are placed directly in line with the Sprinter frame to eliminate any leveraging effects. These recovery points are formed by laser cut steel plates that pass through the bumper shell and tie directly into the Sprinter frame as part of the bumper’s main mounting brackets. The recovery points then get welded to the in and outside of the bumper shell. These factors all combine to form recovery points that minimize stress on your Sprinter frame and provide reliable recoveries of heavily loaded vehicles in the worst of offroad situations. The low profile design has resulted in very reasonable weights of 97lbs for the steel bumper and 48lbs for the aluminum version. Considering that this bumper replaces your factory bumper and associated components, the resulting weight increase to your Sprinter is surprisingly minimal. This reduces added stress on your vehicle, maintains precious payload capacity, and allows you to keep your factory suspension if desired.
Other notable features include the optional grill and headlight protection hoops for increased wildlife protection and an optional front hitch receiver to allow a variety of recovery and gear carrying options. (available by custom request – please send us an email and we’d be happy to discuss further).
•DIY Weld-together kit – This bumper arrives as precision CNC-laser cut pieces that you then weld together (detailed assembly instructions included)
•CNC-bent plates greatly reduces amount of welding and grinding required by you and makes for a cleaner finished product
•Trimming of the factory plastic bumper cover is required (detailed trimming instructions included), however absolutely no drilling trimming or modification of the vehicle frame/chassis is required.
•Low profile design is engineered to provide maximum ground clearance and complement the factory body lines
•Includes intermediate mounting brackets which provide maximum strength for the most demanding offroad conditions – bumper mounts to frame using a total of 14 factory mounting points
•Heavy duty 3/16″ plate steel construction for maximum offroad strength and durability
•Optional 1/4″ 5052 aluminum for a lightweight yet very durable overlanding setup (49lb weight savings)
•Protected winch mount fits all standard 8000-12,000lb winches with removable solenoids
•Reinforced 9/16″ thick clevis mounts allow the use of 3/4″ D-Rings and pull directly off of the frame for confident recoveries of heavily loaded vehicles
•Two integrated LED pod mounts – slotted mounting tabs give adjustment to fit a variety of lights
•Integrated 30″ Light bar mount – fits all standard 30″ single row light bars and includes adjustable mounts
•Integrated license plate mount
•Optional heavy duty grill and headlight tubing for added protection