I’ve been waiting for someone to build this for years. I have been tirelessly looking for a solid bumper for a 2nd gen Dodge that will accommodate a winch AND light bar and be super strong, not just good looking. Thuren absolutely crushed it with this thing! Bombproof doesn’t really do it justice. Anybody who has had a bumper off the 2nd gens will know how flimsy the frame horns are on the front. This thing ties in the existing bumper mounts with the crossmember and wraps around to also bolt in further back at the swap bar mounts. Incredibly well engineered. Hats off to you guys! And the fit, PERFECT! Didn’t have to fuss around with getting it adjusted.
I also installed an Apex 12000 lb. winch from Harbor Freight and it fit fine after slightly modifying the clutch lever and relocating the control box. Through a little bit of creativity I was also able to still fit the control box inside the bumper.
I had zero issues with my existing steering box brace and factory sway bar.
If anyone is looking for a 2nd gen bumper, stop looking. This is the best one you will find. Don’t hesitate.
Thanks so much to the Thuren crew for showing some love to the 2nd gens!
For the last year I’ve been periodically searching for a good looking low profile bumper that can house a winch inside it for my 2nd Dodge Ram 2500. For the life of me I couldn’t fine one, until Thuren released theirs. It was exactly what I was looking for. I ordered it. It arrived. Immediately I was impressed with the quality, the welds, and the recovery points / shackle point are crazy bomb proof. Extremely great quality, but it’s Thuren so thats not a shock. The install was simple and cutting out the old crossmember and welding in the new one is not hard. You just want to be sure not to cut too much of the old cross member out. Be conservative and carful. Once I welded in the crossmember the rest of the install was very simple, just bolts together. The fitment is dead on perfect.
Something to note, was able to fit a Badlands Apex 12,000lbs winch, with minor modification. I relocated the electrical box to the back side of the welded in crossmember to allow the winch to fit below the core support. I also had to grid down the winch clutch level for it to fit below the core support. You could weld up you own low profile handle for the winch clutch too - which ill end up doing at some point. Making a custom one would make reaching the clutch lever easier too. BUT I was extremely happy to fit the Badlands Apex winch in.
I can confirm that the bumper fits just fine with my steering box brace.
The bumper is worth the price and I am very happy with mine.