The profile of this bumper has been designed with maximum ground clearance and departure angles put first. The bumper sits as high and tight to the rear of the Suzuki Vitara 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 rear 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 many Suzuki Vitara owners want to run oversized tires along with long arm suspension kits that extend the wheelbase of the vehicle. This moves the rear tires further rearwards and often creates interference issues with the stock bumper. We have thought ahead and specifically designed these bumper side wings to clear 33″ tires with a long arm suspension kit.
We finished this bumper off with integrated light buckets for flush mount LED pod lights (custom light cut outs available by request), an integrated hitch receiver, and heavy duty 9/16″ recovery points that are placed directly in line with the Suzuki Vitara frame to eliminate any leveraging effects. These recovery points are formed by laser cut steel plates that pass through the bumper shell and bolt directly to the Suzuki Vitara 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 Vitara’s frame and are essentially indestructible! What could make this bumper even better? The low profile design has resulted in very reasonable weights of 81lbs for the steel bumper and 40lbs for the aluminum version. Considering that this bumper replaces your factory hitch receiver, plastic bumper cover, and steel inner-bumper bar, the resulting weight increase to your Suzuki Vitara is minimal.
The swing out carriers come in either a single or dual sided configuration and are built to accept a tire up to 37″ in diameter. Both carriers include mounting brackets for a hilift jack and other recovery items. The dual swing out includes the hilift mount as well as a lockable jerry can holder designed to fit two 20L NATO style jerry cans. These carriers feature heavy duty chromoly heim joint hinges, locking 2000lb toggle latches, T-handle spring pins, and a replaceable UHMW catch pad that provides secure, rattle free operation. The heim joints in conjunction with the toggle latch provide tons of adjustability, allowing for easy assembly and guaranteed alignment of the carrier latch. The single swing out add-on weighs 34lbs and the dual swing out add-on with gas can holder weighs 77lbs.
•DIY Weld-together kit – This bumper arrives as precision CNC-laser cut pieces that you then weld together (detailed assembly instructions included)
•Slim profile is engineered to provide maximum ground clearance and complement the factory body lines
•Heavy duty 3/16″ plate steel construction for maximum offroad strength and durability
•Optional 1/4″ 5052 aluminum construction for a lightweight yet very durable overlanding setup (41lb weight savings)
•Optional 2″ hitch receiver is integrated and inset into the bumper shell for a clean look and further clearance gains (While the hitch is very well reinforced, we cannot rate it for on-road towing due to the DIY welding nature of this kit)
•Mounts directly to frame using 8 factory mounting points to evenly distribute impact and pulling forces
•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
•All kits ship as clean, bare metal that is ready to weld out of the box – the Nitrogen laser cutting technology means no cutting edge oxidation and thus easier and stronger welds
•Optional Single and Dual Swing out carriers with spare tire mount, hilift jack mount and locking dual NATO can holder (dual swing out only)