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    Hi All

    I have Gen 3 LWB Pajero and want to fit a aftermarket front and rear bumper.
    I have manged to find a few options from name brands like ARB to local guys who custom make.
    I want to know if there is anyway of checking if the bumper will work and by work I mean that I have read the biggest things to look out for with bumpers is airflow restriction which can cause overheating and then compatibility with airbags.
    I would also assume that you could just have poor fitment and then pick up problems with the bumper coming loose, etc.
    I am more than happy to support local, not only is it more cost effective most of the time but also good to support someone locally as opposed to imported stuff.
    Having said that though I also would hate to be on a long family trip and have issues with the bumper coming loose, overheating or even worse be in an accident where the airbags don't deploy.
    So basically what I am asking is, am I overthinking this whole thing or is there any tips or advice that you can look out for when trying to decide on a bumper?
    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Bumper Help

    Clearly I am overthinking this

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    Why is everyone always cautioning about bumpers and air bag approved?
    I am yet to see a air bag sensor on a bumper, they sit on the chassis.

    Or am I missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8d View Post
    Why is everyone always cautioning about bumpers and air bag approved?
    I am yet to see a air bag sensor on a bumper, they sit on the chassis.

    Or am I missing something?
    You do get after market bumpers that if not designed accordingly, may cause the airbag sensor not to deploy the airbag in the event of an accident.
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    How does this work?
    The forces exerted on the switch will be the same with or with out the bumper, won't it?

    With out a crumpling bumper, more solid piece of steel it should be more so? Nothing to give and absorb the forces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8d View Post
    Why is everyone always cautioning about bumpers and air bag approved?
    I am yet to see a air bag sensor on a bumper, they sit on the chassis.

    Or am I missing something?
    I have read many contrasting theories on the topic
    Hence why I am asking for some advice here

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    Default Re: Bumper Help

    The well know imported bumpers - Opposite Lock, ARB, Iron Man will certify compatibility and would have spent a lot on testing. There is no way Aus would let them get away with anything less.

    Local bumpers will not certify (I don't know of any that have tested). They CANNOT say anything more than "there is no reason it shouldn't deploy".

    Newer vehicles deployment is based on deceleration. The older ones were "bump" driven, which is why, a few years ago, there were vehicles that you could kick in certain places, the Airbags would deploy, and you could break into the vehicle.
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    Default Re: Bumper Help

    Thank you for this.
    Interesting read

    With all the aftermarket bumpers I see driving around this is obviously not a big concern for many people

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