Bumpers & Options
Aluminess Aluminum Bumpers

Options (O) shown: Aluminess front bumper ◊ Nerf board steps ◊ Bushwhacker wheel-well flares ◊ Optional wheels/tires ◊ Aluminess side ladder ◊ Spotlight ◊ Awning

Aluminess Front Bumper

  • Built tough for rough off-road expeditions
  • Heavy gauge all-aluminum construction
  • Almost 1/3 lighter than steel
  • All-welded construction
  • Locking compartment (right photo) is convenient for chains, tools, or a winch.
  • Bolts directly to van’s frame – no drilling
  • Good-looking functional styling
  • Tough, black-powder coated finish
  • Lights (O)

“For our off-road exploring the Aluminess bumpers are a necessity. We also couldn’t resist the enhanced appearance they add to our Sportsmobile.”
— Josh and Angela

Warn 12,000 lb. Winch for heavy-duty, self-recovery winching needs. This winch is a workhorse. Big torque, power and quick no-load retrieval speed is 30 ft./minute. It’s powered by a 4.6 hp series wound motor and three-stage planetary gear train with 125 ft. 3/8” wire rope. 134 lbs.

Snap-on roller fairlead cover is included for protection and appearance.

Standard Ford 16″ Wheel

Hoop Step 20″ long with a 14″ step. Aluminum or black.

Nerf Board Steps Black powder coated steel. (Photo at top of page.)

Retractable Running Boards — just open the door and the electric 7″ wide non-skid step will lower 8″. Close the door and it retracts. Anti-pinch safety system. Rated at 600 lbs. Engineered for long-term durablility and environmental extremes. Black powder coated aluminum.

Optional Wheels Ford factory aluminum 16 x 7 wheels are available when the van is ordered from Ford. After market 16 x 8 wheels are also available in various styles and prices. Not available for diesel engine vans.

Optional Tires The largest after market tires for 4×4’s are 285-75-R16 that mount on 17 x 7 wheels (BF Goodrich is most popular). Note: this larger tire can be mounted under the rear of Ford vans in place of the standard tire. Or mounted on a rear tire carrier.

Standard Ford Wheels and Tires Standard wheels are 16 x 7 with wheel covers. Standard factory tires are LT 245/75R x 16E.

Hella Remote Tire Monitoring System (not shown). Adjustable. Will tell you which tire is low — if any — and tire temperature.

Bushwacker Flares Off road toughness with flexibility and high impact resistance in a wide range of temperatures. Finish – UV protected black. Can be painted. Top photo.

Aluminess Rear Bumpers

Rear bumper includes a built-in storage compartment with a locking top. Can also be made to accommodate a winch.

Aluminess “Rear” Bumper Built tough and installs to van’s frame like the Front Bumper.

Aluminess Side Ladder For easy top access. Built like the Aluminess bumpers. Can install on left or right sides. Aluminum with a black powder coated finish.

Aluminess Rear Bumper A includes:

  • Basket, swing-away arm, Ford & Chevy vans 28″L x19″W x 6.5″H. Can be exchanged for cargo boxes below.
  • Bumper Storage Compartment (see above)
  • Brush Guards
  • License Plate Light
  • Tire Carrier, swing-away
  • Bumper Lights optional (see below)
  • Jerry cans optional

Aluminess Cargo Boxes

Rear Bumper C and Cargo Box in place of the Basket. All welded aluminum construction with black powder-coated finish. Sealed hinged-down lockable door. Ford vans 24″W by 16″D by 20″H plus 3″H top rails. Two 5-gallon water containers. Will accommodate a 2000W portable Honda Generator. Sprinter vans 28″L by 19″W by 22″H will accommodate a 2000W or 3000W portable Honda generator.


Rear Bumper D and Deluxe Box in place of Basket. Extra large with shelf. Welded aluminum. Sealed lockable side-hinged door. Ford and Sprinter 24″W by 16″L by 30″H. Will accommodate a 2000W portable Honda generator.

Aluminess Tire Carrier This tire carrier installs in front of the van’s rear bumper. Swings out to clear the van’s doors. It does not interfere with space under van’s rear for a storage compartment box or under-van generator installation. Welded aluminum. Black powder coated finish.

All of the above options and lights below also are available for Chevy/GM vans.

Also available for Chevy/GM vans


Photo by Kenneth Crain

Various lights are available to meet whatever needs you might have. These photos, and others above, show some light installation examples. All lights include lens covers except No. 3.

Hella Ralley 4000 Metal pencil beam is an exceptional competition, great off-road lamp. The rugged die-cast housing features a revolutionary mounting system which holds the beam steady even on rough terrain, and allows the lamp to be aimed without tools. Can be mounted upright, pendant and sideways without affecting beam placement. Approx. 9″ round. Black.

Hella 500 Fog/Driving Light. Aluminum vapor housing. H3 12V/55W bulb. 6″ round. Can install in Aluminess’ front bumper indentations.

Hella Picador Light. Excellent all-round utility light. Can install in various locations in Aluminess’ rear bumper indentation (see rear bumper photo above). 4″ x 6″ rectangular.

Hella Ralley 4000 Xenon Light (not shown). Innovative Xenon technology, designed for professional racers. It is 2.5 times more intense than a halogen while drawing only 35 watts. Delivers an unparalleled nighttime driving sensation. Lamp can be mounted upright, pendant and sideways without affecting beam placement. Features die-cast metal housing and powder-coated finish. Precision aiming without tools via large, knurled adjustment knobs. Includes: ballast unit. D2S 12V/35W Xenon capsule and stone shield. Approx. 9 3/16″H x 8 3/4″W x 6 3/8″D. They are expensive.

Golight Styker GL-3051. Remote spotlight with 370 degrees rotation and 140 degrees tilt to direct beam upward. Amp draw 5.5. Wide spot beam, can read a book 850 feet. Handheld remote. Colors: black or white. 6″ x 6″ x 7″H.

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