SIDEKICK WINCH BUMPER
Makes a Fine Piece of Armor For Your Sidekick
Editor: Eric Bewley
Story/Photo: Jason Hutchison
San Diego, CA
- With the
growing popularity and good trail prowess of the Suzuki Sidekick and GEO
Tracker, aftermarket vendors are recognizing that these little "tucklets"
have serious potential as hearty offroad adventure vehicles.
has answered the call for armament from many Suzuki Sidekick owners with
their new bumper for Sidekicks and Trackers. For years Sidekick and
Tracker enthusiasts have had few attractive options for replacement of the
stock bumpers. Not anymore. This new bumper is first in a line of products
Jim is releasing for our trusted sidekick vehicles.
We had the chance to take a
closer look at Shrockworks' new piece and install it on our project
vehicle for testing in Moab Utah for the Easter Jeep Safari. We did just
that and actually installed the bumper in the garage of our rental condo
with basic hand tools in about 2hrs. Granted we had already removed the
front bumper plastic cover, but installation is extremely simple and the
mounting system is the strongest system we have seen to date on a bolt on
replacement bumper. We took
some photos of the super simple installation to help all of you out there
that may have questions, or those that may be considering this great
product from Shrockworks.
Well Installation is a
breeze. By the pictures you can see that this bumper is built super tough.
The bumper is a bit heavy and we did notice a slight drop in the front end
even with out a winch, This drop is expected due to the extra weight and
we will gladly give up a fraction of an inch to have some hard core
protection on the front of our Sidekick. Shrockworks includes all the
necessary hardware for any easy install so you can be assured there will
be no trips to the hardware store. We beat this bumper on every rock we
could at Moab, some of them intentionally! No dents only some scratches on
the powder coating. Ground clearance and approach angle are excellent
also. This bumper is tucked so tight to the body that we where able to run
this bumper up and over rocks to get our front tires to gain traction..
Although a very solid winch point, we did notice the front tabs on the
bumper will hit ledges when approaching at an angle. However these tabs
are ˝” thick and they have showed no signs of bending. Think of them as
“curb feelers” for the rocks… We give this bumper a THUMBS UP and
kudos to Shrockworks for inventing a stout bumper that will be both at
home on the streets and in your favorite rock garden.