Our newest line of Alumilite bumpers swapped traditional steel for aluminum for good reason. Let’s break down the perks of an aluminum bumper and why you should consider one.
Aluminum is a powerhouse metal but its reputation in the auto world doesn’t always match up. Many of our customers - and the truck community as a whole - have the impression that aluminum isn’t as strong as traditional steel bumpers. But, what some think they know about aluminum is wrong.
ICI just launched a new line of pure aluminum bumpers (what up, Alumilite). After 10 years of producing quality steel bumpers, why switch from steel to aluminum? There are lots of reasons, so let’s get into it.
Aluminum 101: The Basics Behind Al
Known for its adaptability, aluminum is found in everyday products. From cell phones to soda cans, and cars to buildings, this metal is versatile and vital to modern life. Plenty of powerful industries use aluminum too. The biggest consumers of aluminum are the automotive, construction, aeronautical, packaging, and gas industries.
Why aluminum and not another metal? Well, it’s lightweight, durable, corrosion-resistant, and easy to fabricate - just to name a few. ICI uses 5052 in its Alumilite series. This specific grade is known for its superior corrosion resistance, good workability, weldability, and strength.
So what does that mean for truck bumpers?
The Benefits of Aluminum Components
Your truck bumper faces the elements day in and day out. Steel is tough, but aluminum is tougher - plus more. Here are some of the biggest benefits you can experience with an aluminum bumper:
Generally, aluminum is about one-third of the weight of traditional steel. That means parts can be made thicker, but still reduce the weight of your truck. In general, those who buy aftermarket steel bumpers have to lift their truck to account for the weight. Not with aluminum! A lighter truck bumper is easier on your suspension. Plus, a lighter ride leads to a better fuel economy and can even increase towing capacity.
Say ADIOS to rust. Aluminum is more corrosion-resistant than steel. ICI’s aluminum grade, 5052, is marine-grade quality and commonly used in boats. Aluminum bumpers offer legit resistance to any marine environment (off-roading, anyone?) and even saltwater corrosion. Once a steel bumper begins corroding, there’s no stopping it. The powder coat starts chipping and eventually destroys the finish.
An aluminum bumper might even improve your driving performance. Lower weight vehicles have faster accelerations, superior braking, and better handling. Additionally, the front of your truck is already stacked with performance features like proper alignment and suspension, not to mention possible add on’s like Adaptive Cruise Control. Aftermarket steel bumpers can offset the weight of your ride which affects these performance components.
You can crush an aluminum can without effort, but something like an aluminum bumper? Not a chance. Aluminum structures are proven to be equal - even superior - in strength to steel. This metal spinning company says, “Steel is a very tough and resilient metal but cannot generally be pushed to the same extreme dimensional limits as aluminum without cracking or ripping during the spinning process.” Here’s another perk: Aluminum absorbs twice as much crash-induced energy.
Better for the Planet
Did you know 90% of automotive aluminum scrap (more than a half-million tons) is salvaged and recycled every year? That’s next level! Fun fact, an aluminum vehicle can reduce CO2 emissions by 17% plus achieve a 20% reduction in energy consumption over its life. #savethewhales
Whether these benefits resonate with you or not, aluminum is worth considering for your next aftermarket part. At the least, Alumilite bumpers look awesome 🔥 - so there’s always that.