Off-Road Bumpstops for Sale: Why You Need Them for Safe and Enjoyable Off-Roading
So, you want to give off-roading a try? That’s great! It can be a lotta fun. But before you leave the pavement and hit the trails, we need to talk about bump stops. Not sure what a bump stop is? No problem. Today, we’re going to learn about OEM bump stops and why they’re not gonna cut it on rough, off-road terrain. We’ll also introduce you to Off-Road Bumpstops and talk about the best off-road bumpstops for sale.
Whether you call them bump stops, jounce bumpers or axle snubbers, it all means the same thing. We’re talking about a small-but-ever-important component that works together with your suspension and, in some cases, is part of the suspension on your truck, van, or SUV. There is always a gap of about 4 inches between the bump stop and the axle.
In the case of trucks and SUVs, most bump stops are mounted to the frame just above the lower control arm of an independent front suspension or somewhere between the frame and the axle tube on the rear. Bump stops can also be mounted to the top of a leaf spring.
Depending on the design, a bump stop could be made of various materials. Factory bump stops are usually made of rubber or microcellular foam. Many aftermarket bump-stop manufacturers choose polyurethane for its durability and its capability to be used for injection-molded products.
Why Off-Road Bumpstops?
- List different types
- Front end/back end
Off-roading bump stops are designed for vehicles that go off-road. Two of the best are Hydraulic bump stops and Timbren Active Off-Road Bumpstops. Hydraulic bump stops use fluid, typically lightweight shock oil, to absorb suspension shock energy. Active Off-Road Bumpstops are made of natural rubber, designed to absorb the harsh jounce when the suspension bottoms out.
Off-road bumpstops – particularly Active Off-Road Bumpstops – not only absorb the harsh jounce when the suspension bottoms out, they increase safety by restoring control of the vehicle. Additionally, off-road bumpstops
Best Off-Road Bumpstops
There are basically 4 types of off-road bump stops:
- Hydraulic bump stops (Bilstein or King)
If price is no object, hydraulic bump stops are the way to go. They’re filled with shock oil and nitrogen and are adjustable allowing you to fine-tune them to your particular needs. You’re going to need a custom shop that specializes in made-to-measure installation because these bump stops work best in conjunction with your existing shocks. Two of the most popular brands are Bilstein and King. Average price: $700.00 - $1,000.00 US (pair).
- TeraFlex Speedbump bump stops
TeraFlex Speedbumps use the same principle of a factory bump stop but look and act much like a hydraulic bump stop. Installation requires some customization. Average price: $300.00 - $400.00 (pair).
- Wheeler Superbumps
Wheeler Superbumps resemble factory bump stops but are much taller and provide better ride quality. Average price: $150.00 (pair).
Active Off-Road Bumpstops (Timbren)
Active Off-Road Bumpstops are made by the same company that manufactures Timbren SES products. In fact, Timbren’s Aeon® hollow rubber springs can also be used as bump stops for off-road vehicles. Much like the Timbren SES helper springs, they install in the same location as the factory bump stops. But do not confuse the Timbren SES with Active Off-Road Bumpstops. Timbren SES products are meant to help with additional loads. On the other hand, Active Off-Road Bumpstops are rubber bump stops you can install on your SUV to assist when the suspension bottoms out.
The rubber springs in an Active Off-Road bumpstops kit are made of soft rubber with a hollow core, able to soften the harsh ‘jolt’ when the suspension hits bottom. This increased dampening response helps the driver maintain better control of the vehicle while off-roading.
Active Off-Road Bumpstops (Timbren Industries) are made of natural rubber and come in many shapes and sizes. Depending on what you drive, there is a custom kit that will fit your off-road vehicle. If you can remove a bump stop, you can install Active Off-Road Bumpstops on your chariot. Average cost: $297.00 US (pair).
What are the benefits of Active Off-Road Bumpstops?
Off-roading or overlanding with factory bumpstops can ruin your trip. Maybe you’ve experienced it before: harsh bottoming out, bone-rattling bumps, and dangerous uncontrolled handling that can hurt you and destroy your suspension and shocks. With Active Off-Road Bumpstops, you can hit the trails without taking damaging hits to your suspension.
Made from our Aeon® springs, Active Off-Road Bumpstops dampen the harsh jounce every time your vehicle bottoms out, creating a softer, safer ride over even the biggest bumps, dips, and whoops. This means reduced stress on you, your passengers, and your suspension, allowing you to stay out on the trails much longer to explore comfortably and in control.
Low-cost Active Off-Road Bumpstops retail for $297.00 US and are worth every penny. Each kit comes with a Lifetime Warranty and a 100-Day Money Back Guarantee.
For more information on Active Off-Road Bumpstops and how to get your hands on a set, visit Timbren.com or contact Customer Service: Sales@timbren.com