Though we install bumpers for various reasons, their primary purpose is to be used and abused. It is functionally meant to offer protection in cases of impact collision. This is achieved by choice of the material used and the weight of the bumper. If you intend to replace or upgrade your 2000 Chevy Silverado rear bumper, it is important to go for quality materials but with recommended weights. It is important to understand several types of materials used in making the bumpers that translate to their strength and weight. The three primary materials used are carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Understand their capability below to enable you to make an excellent choice when purchasing one for your 2000 Chevy Silverado rear bumper.
This is the standard material that bumpers are made from. This is because of its ability to withstand dents and resilience in collisions. Full sized rigs in these bumpers are 1/4” steel in the primary impact zone and the winch center, and 3/16” steel below the headlights. For half-ton full-size vehicles, the composition is 3/16” throughout. The main advantage of the carbon steel is that it is cheap to purchase and has a strong ability to absorb impact. The bumper weight is approximately 220lbs.
This is the material to go for if you want that brute strength. It is the best where weight is critical. To achieve that strength, the aluminum bumpers are 3/8” thick in the winch center and primary impact zone. Under the headlights is 1/4” steel composition. Its gusseting and geometry are well enhanced. Where the bumper is vulnerable, steel grill guard tubing is used, but its mounting use steel for the frame. The advantage of this material is the weight saving capacity of 90lbs over steel and resists corrosion. They come in a powder coated finish just like steel. That is why you can get in done in a silver powder coat or polished stainless steel. This material weighs approximately 130lbs on your 2003 Chevy Silverado rear bumper.
This is the stuff to go for if you want maximum strength and corrosion resistance for your 2003 Chevy Silverado rear bumper. This is because it has a higher power compared to the regular steel. Many prefer it for its ability to get polished to get the mirror finish. Capacity to resist corrosion and get polished are its main advantages. This material weighs approximately 220lbs.
From the above material, it is you to decide which one fits your budget and meet the needs of your Chevy Silverado.