by Bruce W. Smith
(First published May, 2010)
When the Alabama motorcycle patrolman wheeled in right behind me at the gas station, flopped the kickstand down on his Tuscaloosa City Police bike, and started walking around the back of the Big Boss, I rapidly began searching my brain for whatever traffic infraction I’d violated.
But my worries were short lived.
“I saw your truck and that front bumper. Mind if I check it out? I’ve got a Jeep and love that look,” he said, squatting down to get a close look at the Road Armor winch bumper we’d just put on the Big Boss.
A few minutes later, and a discussion of what winch would be best for his Wrangler, he straddled his two-wheeler and went back out on patrol with a friendly wave.
The diesel had barely started filling the Ram’s tank when a landscaping contractor pulled up to fuel his 2010 F-250 Super Duty. He, too, strolled around the pump island to take a gander at the bumper.
“Nice looking winch bumper,” he said. “Mind if I ask where you got it? I’ve been looking for something along that line for my truck.”
Nothing seems to make a pickup stand out more than changes to the front, and nothing does that more than swapping out the factory chrome bumper for a really well-designed, heavy-duty aftermarket winch bumper from Road Armor.
Road Armor’s Stealth series winch bumper adds instant “personality” to a company vehicle while providing a protective wall to fend off typical job site frontal impacts and a sturdy platform for a big winch.
It also adds stylish protection or fog and driving lights.
Those are the very attributes we want the Big Boss to have as it’s being set up as both a company calling card and as a pickup the “big boss” can count on when it rolls onto a job site.
The guys at Road Armor sent us their very first Stealth bumper for the 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4×4 diesel.
The Stealth is a stout bumper, the main components made from 3/8-inch steel, and really well designed with pedestal-mount light buckets, integrated tow hooks, and winch mounting plate designed into the unit.
To say it’s “mil spec” is no hype as they supply the military with a lot of them. So we figure it’ll suit the needs of any contractor or construction worker.
Our friends at Truck Supply & Outfitters across town made the installation look easy.
They are experts at installing Warn winches, winch bumpers, and winching/lighting accessories. They also stock nearly any item a contractor would want in setting up a pickup for hard work and hard play.
The gallery of images below shows just how easy it is to install a Road Armor bumper — an in doing so, dramatically increasing your Ram’s appearance, durability and functionality.