Adding A Prerunner Bumper And Some Forceful HID Lights
Bumpers and auxiliary lights are a must for any well equipped off-road vehicle. Factory bumpers these days are little more than cosmetic fascias that cringe at the thought of actually hitting something. Furthermore, the stock headlights leave much to be desired in adverse conditions were seeing an upcoming obstacle early can greatly increase your chances of avoiding it.
We found a great prerunner bumper for our Dodge Ram tow/chase truck that actually covered up the majority of junk behind the factory bumper--one made by Addictive Desert Designs (ADD). The bumper has a bunch of nice features that we felt would nicely compliment our truck. First of all, the bumper is lightweight, weighing in at only 130 pounds. This is good since the front end of our truck is already extremely heavy due to the diesel engine. Secondly, the bumper has a built-in skid plate that will help protect the AC condenser, intercooler, and radiator--all of which are costly to replace if damaged--from debris. In addition, the bumper has four mounting tabs that will serve to locate the 170 Striker HID lights we got from Light Force.
The lights we added to the bumper certainly go along with the lightweight theme as well. Light Force uses composite materials for the housing and a polycarbonate lens resulting in a strong light design. Some people might question the durability of using plastics in the light construction, but this is obviously not an issue since these very lights are commonly used on many competition vehicles that undoubtedly see more abuse than any sane person will inflict on their personal vehicle.
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We initially chose the bumper based on its looks and weight. There is not a wide variety of pre-fabricated prerunner bumpers available for HD Dodge trucks. That being said, we could not be happier with the fit, finish and strength of the bumper we got from Addictive Desert Designs. It would be hard to imagine a better fitting or higher quality build at any price. It should be mentioned also that Addictive Desert Designs makes similar bumpers for other makes and model vehicles. Light Force has a great reputation for quality auxiliary lights. After installing the four 170 Striker HID lights and wiring them up we understand why. We also found that the lights are not only light in weight but also in power consumption. This is great since it makes less demand on our electrical system resulting in better long term reliability of our truck's electrical components like the alternator and batteries. Only time will tell how durable these lights really are but we certainly won't hold our breath until something happens since it is likely going to be a