Custom P38 Winch Bumper
with High Approach Angle
Design by Alan Bates
Alan Bates has done extensive modifications to his 1996 Range Rover 4.0SE, including a coil conversion and lift. However the main attraction is the winch bumper he designed and had fabricated (and is being made available to other owners -- see below). It is made from 1/4" steel with a 5/16" aluminum skid plate to protect the lower cross-member area. The entire bumper is one piece and mounts to the existing frame horn mounting holes. Additional mounting points were added to the lower frame cross-member. The vertical dimensions were made as narrow as possible to maximize the approach angle.
Alan installed a Warn 9.5ti to the new bumper. He replaced his front OME 761 springs with OME 764 in anticipation of the extra weight when the bumper was added. The extra lift (with the stock bumper still in place) did result in some front driveshaft vibrations which were cured with a Double Cardon driveshaft from Bill at Great Basin Rovers. Alan now has about 3.75" of lift all around with the winch and new bumper in place, with the OME 764 front and 781 rear springs.
The overall result, as illustrated in the photos on this page, is a most professional installation.
Realizing that many of us are frustrated by the fact that hardly any aftermarket off-road accessories are available for the 4.0/4.6 model, Alan has kindly decided to make this bumper available to other owners. If you are interested, please Email Alan for details of availability and pricing. Alan has kindly offered to help sponsor RangeRovers.net based on the number of referrals he gets, so please mention you saw his design here.
Bates Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier and Rock Sliders for P38
Alan has also designed and made available a superb rear bumper with swing-away tire carrier, detailed on the P38 rear bumper page. Another scarce commodity for the P38 model is protection for the sills and body panels from off road hazards. Realizing this, Alan has recently also designed rock sliders for the P38 models, and is making them available to other owners. The design is detailed in the P38 Rock Slider section.