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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject: Rocky Mountain Westy Bumpers Reply with quote

Anybody use these front and rear bumpers?
How do they compare to GoWesty or other bumpers?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RMW bumpers have more attachment points to the van and are stronger because of this.
The two look complete different.
The GWs are a cleaner look.
Depends upon what you need.
Both are well built for sure.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you like skeletonized tube bumpers, Rocky Mountain Westy makes really good ones.

If you prefer a bumper that looks stock, but is much more sturdy than a stock bumper, the GoWesty bumpers are the way to go.

I feel so strongly about not using Round Tube Bumpers on a Square Vanagon, that I went to the extra expense of removing Tube Bumpers that came with a van I bought, and replaced them with GoWesty Bumpers.

consider also the option to have a tire carrier built into the bumper, in which case the Rocky Mountain Westy gets my vote. The way the tire carrier attaches to a GoWesty bumper is not very sturdy. I have seen one van with the GoWesty tire carrier at Syncro De Mayo, that had a dent in the driver side panel, where the tire carrier attachment had flexed the body of the Van.. not pretty..

I prefer the Gary Lee tire carrier to the Go Westy option..
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Square also gets my vote,
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon_slider wrote:
The way the tire carrier attaches to a GoWesty bumper is not very sturdy. I have seen one van with the GoWesty tire carrier at Syncro De Mayo, that had a dent in the driver side panel, where the tire carrier attachment had flexed the body of the Van.. not pretty..


I have seen the same thing and it was from swinging it too far open and squashing the tire into the body, not from the body flexing.

The plate where the GW carrier attaches to the body is smaller than Gary Lee's but it is pretty sturdy. It held my weight fine when I hung on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally love these bumpers.
They we're an anniversary gift from my wife. There good quality and very sturdy.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I personally love these bumpers.
They we're an anniversary gift from my wife. There good quality and very sturdy.


Your wife is awesome!

I like both styles of bumper - tube and plate - though I'm waiting to see what RMW comes out with for their plate bumper. I'm sure it will be amazing.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... been waiting, hoping and wishing that Rocky Mountain finishes their redesign of the tube-bumpers they've been selling.

I'm really interested in plate-style bumpers for the back and front, with a 2" hitch in the back and one in the front for storing a 16" spare. Going to be sweet!

Mike at RockyMtnWesty said the new bumpers were 3-4 weeks out in mid July, end of July he said 2 weeks. So I bet it's getting close!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spoke with Mike from Rocky Mountain Westy 2 weeks ago at the Denver Bug-In about the new plate style bumpers. I would hold off on purchasing a bumper until you get a look at the new ones. From his description, they sound awesome. Hope to see them in the next couple weeks.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Guys,

Yes 25 sets are going to the powdercoater this week. The bumpers are going to be pretty amazing. Sorry no sneak peaks. Mostly because pictures in raw steel don't do it justice. They are modular bumpers that will shipp in a box. They are Heavy Duty for sure. They are going to have lots of options and accessories including color. They will probably be at the powdercoater for a week or so. 10 sets will be going to Peter at Van-Cafe. Don't call Peter and bug him about them. He is a busy guy as am I. When they are ready I will put pictures and some video out there for you guys to see. These bumpers are going to absolutly be far superior to anything we have built or anything else that is available.

I also like the purplepeolpeeaters bumpers. hint hint. He did a great job.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, are your brakets going to be bolt on? I was turned off by the sturdyness of the other plate bumpers bracket up front.... But really like the looks of it

I didn't Start making these to compete with the big guys, I am cheap and didn't want to pay shipping... But it appears I'll be making a few sets
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah! RMW plate bumpers!!

No shipping for me, they are only 50mi up the road Cool . Can't wait to see them.

-Chad
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cool, are your brakets going to be bolt on? I was turned off by the sturdyness of the other plate bumpers bracket up front.... But really like the looks of it

I didn't Start making these to compete with the big guys, I am cheap and didn't want to pay shipping... But it appears I'll be making a few sets


I am with you. Our brackets are going to drop through the front unibody and then the bumper will attach to the brackets.

No worries on the competition. I think it is great that people are making there own bumpers. Especially considering the current options. Hence why I saw opportunity. Our bumpers will be very competitively priced with the GW boys. The front is actually pretty easy. You might want to hold off on making a few pairs. I think it will be hard to compete with these new ones we are making. They are going to be cheap to ship and they should be very appealling to most. Of course you are welcome to build anything you want and I think competition is great I just don't want to see you make all the mistakes I made. It has been a long and painful learning curve. So stay tuned.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Williamtaylor33 wrote:
I personally love these bumpers.
They we're an anniversary gift from my wife. There good quality and very sturdy.
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Good wife - I'm admiring your wheels. What are they??
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good wife - I'm admiring your wheels. What are they??

westy81 wrote:
Petervw wrote:
westyventures.com has a new line of direct bolt-on alloy wheels both in the 15 & 16" x 7.. ET35...look under parts

Here's the link: http://westyventures.com/parts.html

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NEW direct-fit alloy wheels available: It seems the South African 15" alloy wheel supply has finally dried up, so the company importing those is now having custom wheels produced overseas in both 15" x 6.5" and 16" x 7" sizes, perfect offset of ET35.

The 15" wheels are $139 each, 16" wheels $159 each, includes center caps. Shipping additional. Email for a quote to your location. parts at westyventures.com

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, I tested mounting like that and it didn't seem to strong...but I didn't play with it much like that, I got tired of drilling holes Very Happy

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Cool, are your brakets going to be bolt on? I was turned off by the sturdyness of the other plate bumpers bracket up front.... But really like the looks of it

I didn't Start making these to compete with the big guys, I am cheap and didn't want to pay shipping... But it appears I'll be making a few sets


I am with you. Our brackets are going to drop through the front unibody and then the bumper will attach to the brackets.

No worries on the competition. I think it is great that people are making there own bumpers. Especially considering the current options. Hence why I saw opportunity. Our bumpers will be very competitively priced with the GW boys. The front is actually pretty easy. You might want to hold off on making a few pairs. I think it will be hard to compete with these new ones we are making. They are going to be cheap to ship and they should be very appealling to most. Of course you are welcome to build anything you want and I think competition is great I just don't want to see you make all the mistakes I made. It has been a long and painful learning curve. So stay tuned.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Williamtaylor33 wrote:
SpudlyHotPotato wrote:

Good wife - I'm admiring your wheels. What are they??

westy81 wrote:
Petervw wrote:
westyventures.com has a new line of direct bolt-on alloy wheels both in the 15 & 16" x 7.. ET35...look under parts

Here's the link: http://westyventures.com/parts.html

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

...and the blurb from the page:

westyventures wrote:
NEW direct-fit alloy wheels available: It seems the South African 15" alloy wheel supply has finally dried up, so the company importing those is now having custom wheels produced overseas in both 15" x 6.5" and 16" x 7" sizes, perfect offset of ET35.

The 15" wheels are $139 each, 16" wheels $159 each, includes center caps. Shipping additional. Email for a quote to your location. parts at westyventures.com


I don't see them listed there anymore, is there any other source for these wheels now?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wouldn't call it the perfect offset and width though.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't see them listed there anymore, is there any other source for these wheels now?


Small car had them last year, but they seem to be gone. Not much help, but I'm sure a phone call would tell you if they are NLA or just poor sellers.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey Guys,

Yes 25 sets are going to the powdercoater this week. The bumpers are going to be pretty amazing. Sorry no sneak peaks. Mostly because pictures in raw steel don't do it justice. They are modular bumpers that will shipp in a box. They are Heavy Duty for sure. They are going to have lots of options and accessories including color. They will probably be at the powdercoater for a week or so. 10 sets will be going to Peter at Van-Cafe. Don't call Peter and bug him about them. He is a busy guy as am I. When they are ready I will put pictures and some video out there for you guys to see. These bumpers are going to absolutly be far superior to anything we have built or anything else that is available.

I also like the purplepeolpeeaters bumpers. hint hint. He did a great job.

Stay Tuned


Looking forward to seeing what you have come up with.
I like the sounds of how the attach already...beefy.
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