It’s been awhile since I’ve been interested in modifying a truck, but as of late I’ve been focusing on some cosmetic kits to customize my truck. One of the most common modifications is a truck roll pan. A roll pan is a replacement for a bumper that essentially deletes the bumper and makes it look like a rounded bottom to the back of the truck.
A roll pan makes a truck look very clean and often will hide the trailer hitch. A common practice is to hide the trailer hitch behind the license plate, which is mounted to the back of the truck roll pan. The only downside is that the cleaner and smoother apperance isn’t as functional as a rear bumper.
The stock rear bumper of a truck is more function than form. Not only does it serve as a step for access to the truck bed, but it also provides protection in the case of an accident. Most bumpers are designed for five mile an hour impacts, but will deflect damage and impact at higher speeds. The most typical experience with impact bumpers are on parking lots where there are slower speeds. The rear bumper will protect the body of the truck in case of a small bump from another car. If you have a roll pan, there is more likely a chance to damage the paint and rear body work.
Most roll pans come unpainted, so that they can be better matched to your vehicles paint color. This adds another cost to the purchase of a roll pan, but is required. So keep that in mind when ordering your next body piece, the cost of painting can sometimes eclipse the price of the part itself.
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