Today many truck manufacturers build their trucks with plastic bumpers — they are lightweight and seem to be more aerodynamic. But the difference in weight savings between plastic and metal bumpers is not as significant as some claim. Plus, weight and aerodynamic performance are not the only factors that should be considered in bumper selection.
This guide examines the impact that corrosion has on various bumper materials, the ability of various materials to resist chipping, cracking and peeling, and other appearance-related issues. From there, it turns to weight savings, environmental concerns and serviceability. When spec’ing a bumper, all these items need consideration before a fleet or truck owner can assess the total cost of ownership.
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