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Old 10-13-2019, 11:00 PM #1
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Mid term C4 Fab rear bumper update/review

There are a number of threads after install with peopleís impressions and reviews. I thought it might worthy too post some thoughts after the new and shiny has worn off.

So as you have seen the fit and finish is impeccable and after 7 months still no rattles, squeaks, or anything else. Except for the high lift mount, that rattles. I think it needs another bolt the bottom or better would be 2 side by side to keep it from rattling back and forth. I put a piece of sticky back rubber sheet on there and while it wiggles, it no longer rattles.

Things I would change, Iíd like if the tire was a bit closer to the gate, Rotopax mount holes moved outboard about 1/2Ē or so, they already changed the cutouts on the side, as mentioned the high lift mount (my passenger side gate also just nicks the pins on my high lift).

Been trying to figure out what will mount behind the spare tire reasonably well. So far, an axe and small shovel seem okay. But I usually keep the axe inside.

The holes for a Rotopax mount donít work if you use a 3 gallon container, the can hits the high lift. I was able to massage a few of the square holes and use the mount without the backing plate.

I donít hate the cut outs on the sides but I wish I would have painted behind the bumper first. My plan is to attach an aluminum sheet behind the cut outs at some point, but itís pretty low priority.

The last thing is the high lift mount. First off it always rattled and the passenger gate hits the pins on the jack. Itís just enough to scratch the powder coat as it goes by. Normally I push the jack and it clears but I forget sometimes.

But donít take all that as I am not happy with the purchase of my bumper. Overall, these are all pretty small things. The fact is these are quality parts and C4 does great work. The important things like the latches and hinge points are solid after many miles of wash boards and off road use. And hey Instagram cred right lol. Being completely honest, I probably wouldnít have bought a rear bumper but after random dude in a Jetta rear ended me and insurance wrote me check...well whatís a guy to do. There are the obvious drawbacks, like half your rear window is blocked and getting in and out of the hatch takes an extra 10 seconds. Nonetheless, I still like it. I like having options on where to carry stuff, I like that I could carry a spare on the gate and underneath if I chose to, and I like that it looks like what I want it to look like.

EDIT, see posts below for fixes I did on the issues I had.





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Thanks for the follow up. Iím considering C4 for both front and rear bumper on my 2020. They appear to set the standard for fabrication quality. Not to hijack your bumper thread but what is your long time impression of the Prinsu roof rack?
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Thanks for the follow up. Iím considering C4 for both front and rear bumper on my 2020. They appear to set the standard for fabrication quality. Not to hijack your bumper thread but what is your long time impression of the Prinsu roof rack?


I have had zero issues with my Prinsu rack. I have been very happy with it. I have hauled plywood, ladders, my kayaks and paddle boards, and of course Plano cases. Very solid gear!


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This bumper has been amazing. I'm going on 4 mnths now with a pretty hard trip to Moab a couple weeks ago. Took a pretty good beating on the rocks and held up amazingly. Including having the spare tire drag on a huge boulder on the rear and bend my swing out. Pretty much had the entire weight of the truck on the rear wheel/carrier and it didn't break. Keep in mind I have the full swing out not the dual but it tweaked it pretty bad but not bad enough that I can't use it. The craftsmanship of this product is top notch. Would definitely recommend this bumper to anyone looking to get one.

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I figured I would upload some pics of the things I mentioned above. First the gate/high lift interference.



Then the Rotopax mount sans the backing plate.

Iím not sure if the Rotopax would still rub or not with the plate.


Iím working on a modification to stop the high lift mount from squeaking. Iíll update after I get that done.


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Alright, fix number one. I added an extra carriage bolt to the hi lift mount. I may add one to the other side later, I donít think itís necessary, but itís asymmetrical now and Iím not sure if I can live with that. lol
Drill a couple holes and spend some time with a file and there is something that resembles a square hole and corresponding hole in the swing out.








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I don't understand how I have not passed you at some point out here. I want to take a look at that bumper up close.
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I don't understand how I have not passed you at some point out here. I want to take a look at that bumper up close.


You in the East valley?


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Okay fix #2, the Rotopax clearance issue.
I used one of the existing holes to mount the flange and mark my holes.
Drill and paint.






Everything fits





As a side note the fix on the high lift mount pulled it far enough away that it doesnít hit there anymore.



@C4 Fabrication tagged in case someone has similar issues.


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