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Giving up on TBone basher front bumper.

Discussion in 'Kraton' started by edvin70, May 14, 2017.

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  1. edvin70

    edvin70 Well-Known Member

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    I'm disappointed in the basher from bumper for the Kraton and am swapping it out for the RPM and will also try the TBone Typhon bumper.

    The plastic just isn't strong enough to prevent the bolts from pulling through and is bent downward so that the front ground clearance is reduced. It caused allot of unwanted front flips and cartwheels yesterday. I've tried to heat and bend it back but the inner support piece ensures it gets bent down and away from the chassis on impact.

    If anyone else has had these experiences and came up with a fix I'd love to hear about it.
     
  2. Bigfella

    Bigfella Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for your troubles. I never bought the t-bone unit. I have the rpm bumper and it is just about as close to a perfect bumper as you can get. I love mine. Your bumper problems are over with the rpm.
     
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    Landing with bumper as shovel will most likely bend it...done some times...and the plastic rip through the screws. Not sure about a permanent fix to prevent the bolt stuff.......just take a pic and email tbr they will send you a new one.

    Btw i also bought the rpm bumper after a couple of tbr replacements cause i cant stand waiting shipping from usa to sweden lol
     
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    Happened to me as well, I'm using longer screws and metal washers to stop the bumper pulling through the screws but it is a weakness of this Tbone part.
     
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    Yea wish they would have knobs to fit the holes and all would be juuust fine
     
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    I use typhon front and rear bumpers on my kraton.... Hasnt caused any problems yet even with nose diving off jumps. Kraton bumpers just stick a little to far i reckon.
     
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    Yep it's a fundamental flaw given the size of the bumper, there is a lot of leverage there on an impact not helped by the mounting holes being counter sunk with no reinforcement, you have very little meat there to securely hold the bumper in place.
     
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    Try putting washers over the holes as a temporary fix. I gave up on any T-bone that looks like a shovel because of the screws pulling through.
     
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    I used the Talion T-bone and it doesn't stick out as far. Never pulled through, and I've nose landed multiple times. I agree the kraton bumper seems to be a problem. It's also an ANTI=SPOILER, At speed, the kratopn and Talion T-Bone Bumpers push the front end up, reducing handling at speed.
     
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    Bending mostly happens if plowing into grass
     
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    Any idea if the RPM bumper is compatible with the Voltage Hobby skid plate? I know my Tbone bumper won't work with the skid but maybe RPM will. I've also had Tbone pull through on mh X-Maxx but I do like their stuff (other than this issue). Thanks!
     
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    Are you putting the Voltage Hobbies skid plate on top of the bumper? I wouldn't think the RPM would work too well because of the ridges. I don't see why you couldn't put it over the T-bone with long enough screws.
     
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    So... You want to stack 2 skid plates - things that have a very specific role and fitment - together?
     
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  14. edvin70

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    I just received the RPM bumper and the plastic is thick and very sturdy, I don't think and additional skid plate will work or necessary. The RPM design is more of an extended skid plate, there is no flex in this bad boy.
     
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    I've had multiple cartwheels and nose dives, even hit a mailbox post at least 20MPH to dead stop with RPM bumper, no damage. It's great.

    As for extra chassis plate, not sure why it's necessary, but anything can be made to fit with some cutting.
     
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    Hi, i've put the Kraton rear bumper also in front, works good!
     
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    I have the same issue with the Tbone kraton front bumper. Screws have pulled through and angled it down.

    Not a good product. No issue with the rear through or the front and rear Vorza bumpers i'm now using on my Typhon.

    Thanks for the reminder, i just emailed T-bone for a replacement. The website says they have "version 2".
     
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    I'm having the same problem
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I think I'll use the RPM unit over the T-bone front. Has anyone had any issues with the T-bone rear wheelie bar kit or the A-Arm skids?
     
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    Hey guys,

    We're sorry to hear about our Kraton bumper not performing well.
    We'll look into getting the design updated.

    What suggestions do you guy have for an updated design? I've noticed some pictures of our Kraton Thrasher bumpers where the bumpers are flattened out and sticking out way further than they should. The stock angle of the bumper is 120 degrees.

    We're always looking for ways to improve our parts and welcome feedback!

    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks!
    -TBR
     
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