The folks at Mohr Manufacturing have come up with a pretty crafty and very functional new product called the SuperBumper. What makes the Super-Bumper so cool is the fact that it’s a multi-function tool. It acts as an energy-absorbing bumper for your tow hitch, has a connection to be used as a tow hitch, and can also be used as a hitch step to access items placed on top of your Jeep vehicle.
The SuperBumper can be used 100% of the time and uses rubber torsion bars that can absorb a significant amount of energy, withstanding impacts without any damage of up to 20mph and significantly reducing damage at speeds faster than this. The product installs in less than 15 seconds and is offered in 3” & 4” tube widths, in lengths of 18” or 24”, depending on your application. Currently there is only a 2” hitch receiver version available but a 1-1/4” hitch receiver version is expected for availability by March 2010.
This is a very ingenious product and a must-have for those looking for a little extra protection in the rear of their vehicle, and also want a multi-functional product that can serve a number of purposes. For more information, please visit the Mohr Manufacturing website at www.superbumper.com.
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–Super Bumper: Jeff Mohr began his Minnesota-based company in 2001 after his wife was involved in a rear-end crash. She wasn’t injured, but Mohr began wondering how he could minimize the damage caused when a vehicle is rear-ended, and he came up with the Super Bumper, designed as an add-on for trucks, SUVs and cars that have a towing hitch receiver. The Super Bumper, a tubular steel bumper beam, plugs in where the trailer hitch goes, and – thanks to hard rubber doughnuts that separate it from the vehicle – it acts as a shock absorber when the vehicle is hit from the rear. It also serves as a step to help you reach inside a truck bed. You can install it or remove it in less than a minute. Prices start at $89.95 at SuperBumper.com.
If you’re around the same vintage as I am (62) you probably remember Jayne Mansfield or at least heard about her.
I know you’re probably wondering what Jayne Mansfield has to do with the automobile industry but actually, she had a lot to do with it.
Jayne was a 1950’s blond bombshell that took Hollywood by storm. Before she had a chance to make it really big she was killed in a car accident.
On June 29, 1967 the car she was riding in crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer that had slowed down because of a truck spraying mosquito fogger. The automobile struck the rear of the semi tractor and under-rode it. She was killed instantly. Rumors that Mansfield was decapitated are untrue, though she did suffer severe head trauma. ly no charge.
The scene was so gruesome that it wasn’t long before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made it mandatory that all semi truck trailers be outfitted with a rear under-ride bar or bumper.
In 1998 that standard was revised and the height that this requirement was set at was 22 inches (measured from the ground to the bottom of the bumper).
Today there are a number of pickup trucks and SUVs that you can drive off the showroom floor with bumpers higher than 22” (although they’re getting better). So why should you care?
Under-ride is a huge problem – not just for the bullet vehicle that under-rides the target vehicle but because the target vehicle is susceptible to a post collision fire….especially the Jeep Grand Cherokee (1993 – 2004) and the Jeep Liberty (2002 – 2007) because their gas tanks are located right behind the rear axle next to the bumper.
The auto industry has done a lot to prevent the typical backing accident by installing backup alarms and cameras. But did you know that you are twice as likely to die from a fire caused by a rear end collision to your pickup truck than you are to back up over someone with it.
Rear end collision fires are rare – but not a rare as backing over someone. There’s only two ways to help prevent a post collision vehicle fire – move the gas tank ahead of the rear axel or shield it from intrusion.
Blocking under-ride and shielding from intrusions into the tank zone are just two more additional benefits of having one of our products on the back of your pickup truck or SUV.
So the next time you take a look at the back of a semi truck trailer, check out the rear under-ride bar. That bar is sometimes called “The Mansfield Bar”. It took the life of someone very famous before something was done about protecting the rear of a vehicle from under-ride and the treacherous “Wedge Effect”.
Just two more reasons why we do what we do. I thought you’d like to know.
Jeff is CEO of Mohr Mfg and is an expert in rear end collisions. The company makes portable, crash tested, energy absorbing rear safety under-ride guards for pickup trucks and SUVs. These spare bumpers, ball mounts, hitch steps, and bumper shields prevent rear end collision damage caused by Tailgaters, Uninsured Motorists, Bumper To Bumper Traffic, Distracted Drivers, Inattentive Cell Phone Users, Drivers With Poor Judgment, Text Messengers And Lousy, Stinking Parallel Parkers. For more information please visit their web sites at https://www.superbumper.com and http://www.sparebumper.com.
By the way, Jayne Mansfield’s daughter, Mariska Hargitay was also in the automobile crash. She came away with just a slight cut above the eye. Mariska stars in the TV series Special Victim’s Unit or SVU.
Some may find the photo of Jayne above offensive. That is certainly not my intention. Keep in mind when marketing, you need to first capture someone’s attention. That picture of Jayne above does exactly that.
So I hope that, when you read this you gather in the information that it took the death of a very beautiful person to make something happen.
P.S. If you are a writer and you would like to use any of the material I’ve sent feel free to do so. Please maintain my links and bio.
SuperBumper – Trucks Plus Magazine Safety and convenience all in one
Story and photos by Dean Washington
Last issue, you may recall we installed a new aftermarket fuel tank on Mike Pennington’s 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with the 6.6L diesel. In addition, he had just installed a new large fiberglass canopy which he uses as a changing room to stay dry as he is an avid motocross and trials bike rider. The downside (isn’t there always a downside?) is that even though he has back-up sensors, he now is not able to see anything at the rear of the truck and feels a back-up camera system would give him that extra peace of mind when he’s in reverse.
Another problem he encountered after installing the canopy was stepping up into the box, so after doing some research, he found a solution by way of a product called Super Bumper, that would not only assist him in stepping up into the box, but protect the back of his truck from damage in the case of being rear-ended by another vehicle.
This innovative safety device, a portable, crash-tested, energy absorbing spare safety bumper that prevents rear end damage, is the brainchild of Jeff Mohr of Mohr Manufacturing. It comes in towing and non–towing versions that are available in black or chrome, and has a lifetime crash warranty – if it bends or breaks from any rear-end collision, at any speed, Mohr will replace it at absolutely no charge.
It took him less than 15 minutes to install, and cost just under $300 landed from the U.S. He has had it on his truck for about a month now and loves it. Mohr Manufacturing has several safety products that can be found at www.superbumper.com
A few blogs back (Things That Go Bump) we talked about the dangers to a unibody vehicle being hit from the rear while a hitch is in the hitch receiver.
The force of the crash goes through the hitch & into the unibody frame structure, doing lots more damage than would have been done if the rear bumper had been allowed to do its job: absorbing impact.
But check out the hitch being produced in Burnsville by Mohr Manufacturing. It absorbs impact with a spring. The company says their auxiliary bumper (which fits in a standard hitch receiver) can help protect the vehicle and the occupants.
This may be one of those “why didn’t I think of that” kind of inventions. This thing obviously won’t do much in a serious, high-speed impact, but it may pay for itself in a situation where you back into a pole in a parking and do $500 worth of damage to a rear bumper.
Publish date: May 1, 2008
Tailgaters, beware — the new SUPERBUMPER claims to kill all offending drivers on contact. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is. SUPERBUMPER’s flashy ad campaign may grab consumers’ attention, but the marketing geniuses behind the hype are sure its protective qualities will cause them to open their wallets. The versatile product is really a trailer hitch, but its shock-absorbing properties transform it into a must-have safety accessory for families on the go.
SUPERBUMPER is guaranteed to protect both drivers and passengers from whiplash during rear-end collisions, and protect a vehicle from “bumper taps” during awkward parallel parking experiences. Sure, the SUPERBUMPER won’t live up to its claims of “killing” the drivers who offend you, but fending off damage from distracted drivers and texting teens isn’t a bad second.
Publication of this material does not constitute endorsement by ASSE.
Mohr Manufacturing introduces the SUPERBUMPER Hitch Step Model 424, a trailer hitch that pulls and protects vehicles from unwanted collisions. The combined ball mount with energy absorbing bumper can reportedly withstand impacts up to 5 mph without damage. Product is designed to fit vehicles with a 2 in. receiver, and is adjustable up or down.
When I had my ’98 Explorer, I kept my Class III trailer hitch attached to the vehicle. It was a good thing I did, as I was rear-ended several times during the time I owned it, and that rear hitch took the brunt of the hit, thus never damaging my vehicle.
Now there’s a rear trailer hitch designed specifically for such impacts, in that it compresses to some degree when hit. This portable spare bumper protects your vehicle from rear end collision damage caused by tailgaters, uninsured motorists, bumper-to-bumper traffic, distracted drivers, inattentive cell phone users, drivers with poor judgment, text messengers and lousy parallel parkers… Another advantage is that it also acts as a step in order to help you reach your roof rack.
To ensure that the rear end of your tow vehicle remains dent-free, Mohr MFG has created Superbumper, a mounted bumper and trailer hitch system that can pull up to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 600 pounds.
According to Mohr MFG, Superbumper also helps protect your vehicle from rear-end collisions and parking dents, and reduces whiplash injuries. You can rig up your tow vehicle with either a black or chrome Superbumper with various designs.
Burnsville, Minnesota — Jan 25, 2008 — Mohr MFG. introduces a complete line of patented, energy absorbing, receiver mounted ball mounts called “SUPERBUMPERS.” These new trailer hitches not only pull your trailer, they protect your family, your vehicle and insurance the other 99% of the time when you’re not towing.
SUPERBUMPERs combine a ball mount with an energy absorbing bumper or “Hitch Step.” They protect your vehicle from: rear-end collisions, reduce whiplash injuries, shield your gas tank from under-ride, eliminate parking lot and parallel parking dents and dings caused by Tailgaters, Uninsured Motorists, Bumper To Bumper Traffic, Distracted Drivers, Inattentive Cell Phone Users, Drivers With Poor Judgment, Text Messengers And Lousy, Stinking Parallel Parkers.
The patented compression system passed a 5 mph “Rear Into Pole” crash test similar to the tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety without damaging the vehicle. Since 75% of all rear end collisions are less than 10 mph and most are direct hits, they make a huge difference in the outcome of the crash.
There are two different models to choose from and all are designed to fit vehicles with a 2″ receiver hitch and are rated Class III/IV for pulling trailers up to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 600 pounds.
They are available in black power-coat or chrome and all have a lifetime crash warranty – if they bend or break from a rear end collision, at any speed, they will be replaced absolutely FREE.
For more information contact:
Jeff Mohr, CEO, Mohr MFG., 1319 Larc Industrial Blvd., Burnsville, MN, 55337.
Toll Free: 800.852.6752
Or log on to the web site at https://www.superbumper.com for additional information.
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is wife’s 2001 accident pushed Jeff Mohr to develop the SUPERBUMPER, a shock absorber for rear-end collisions that fits SUVs, pickups and recreational vehicles.
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Bumper booster protects rears
The energy-absorbing unit plugs into hitch for added crash safety when no trailer is attached.
Larry Edsall / Special to The Detroit News
Jeff Mohr did some digging after his wife’s vehicle was struck from behind in 2001.
He was surprised to learn about the huge number of vehicles that are struck from the rear. Seventy-five percent of those crashes occur at speeds of 10 miles per hour or less, yet can cause considerable injury to both a vehicle and its occupants.
Mohr figured there must be a better way to absorb the energy of such crashes and he spent five years devising and developing the SUPERBUMPER, an energy-absorbing unit that plugs into a typical trailer hitch.
Mohr notes that most people use their hitches to actually pull trailers only 1 percent of the time. SUPERBUMPER is designed to provide protection “the 99 percent of the time you’re not pulling a trailer,” Mohr says. “The concept is to use the strength of the trailer hitch to protect the back of the vehicle.”
Mohr Manufacturing Inc. of Burnsville, Minn., offers the SUPERBUMPER with either a visible, externally mounted steel spring or an even more effective, though less macho-looking internal rubber spring system. When the vehicle is struck from the rear, the springs absorb much of the impact and also transfer forces to the strong trailer hitch system rather than to the body of the vehicle.
Mohr’s Web site says SUPERBUMPER is the only such system ever to pass the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s 5-mph “rear into pole”-style crash test without damage to the vehicle or its rear bumper.
He adds that the patented system also lessens damage to another vehicle should you back into another while you’re reversing into a parallel parking place.
SUPERBUMPER is available in sizes for compact and larger pickups, sport utility vehicles, and for recreational vehicles, and can be used in conjunction with things such as hitch-mounted bike racks.
SUPERBUMPER is available only through the www.superbumper.com. Prices range from $190 to $550, depending on SUPERBUMPER size. More expensive versions with special flame or hexagon designs, or even with the name of your business, are available. See the Web site or call (952) 882-8800 for more information.
Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Mohr MFG. of Burnsville, Minnesota has just introduced a patented, receiver mounted bumper and trailer hitch it calls the “Superbumper.” The bumper and hitch combination pulls and cushions trailer towing while protecting a vehicle’s occupants and vehicle by combining a ball mount with an energy absorbing bumper. The result, says the company, is that it will protect a vehicle from rear-end collisions, reduce whiplash injuries, shield a gas tank from under-ride, eliminate parking lot and parallel parking dents and dings while lowering insurance claims.
The company claims it is the only bumper (original or aftermarket) to pass the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 5 mph “Rear Into Pole” crash test without damage to the vehicle or the bumper.
It is designed to fit any vehicle with a two-inch receiver hitch. The hitch is rated Class III/IV for pulling trailers up to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 600 pounds. For more information contact: Jeff Mohr at Mohr Manufacturing at 1-952-882-8800 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mohr Manufacturing’s Superbumper can take a hit and haul a load without breaking a sweat
Here’s a bumper that’s a step, if you will, more utilitarian than many others. The Superbumper is one of those infrequently seen accessories for light trucks and a variety of SUVs that blends a number of aesthetic and functional attributes into a single component.
All of the impact barriers produced by Superbumper, of Burnsville, Minnesota, incorporate a ball hitch as part of their step-bumper design. The products of Superbumper, however, also incorporate a longitudinally mounted compression spring mounted on a shaft, which allows the bumper to absorb a 5-mph impact with a pole without damage to either the bumper or the host vehicle. It’s rated at Class III and Class IV with towing capacities of up to 6,000 pounds, fits any vehicle with a two-inch receiver and is vertically adjustable.
The producer, Mohr Manufacturing, says that the Superbumper is the only such device to successfully pass the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s pole-impact test. It’s also illuminated. Prices vary from $179.95 to $289.95, depending on application and finish. For information, give a ring to 952-882-8800, or check out www.superbumper.com.
– By Jim Donnelly
Mohr MFG. of Burnsville, Minnesota has just introduced a patented, receiver mounted bumper and trailer hitch called the “SUPERBUMPER”. This new bumper and hitch combination not only pulls and cushions your trailer towing, it protects your family and your vehicle.
The SUPERBUMPER combines a ball mount with an energy absorbing bumper that will protect your vehicle from rear-end collisions, reduce whiplash injuries, shield your gas tank from under-ride, eliminate parking lot and parallel parking dents and dings while lowering insurance claims. It is the only bumper (original or aftermarket) to EVER pass the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 5 mph “Rear Into Pole” crash test without damage to the vehicle or the bumper.
Email: email@example.com or log on to the web site https://www.superbumper.com
It sounds ridiculous at first, but as a longtime owner of vehicles with higher-than-average ground clearance, one of my biggest concerns on the highway is “ride under” (where the nose of one car “submarines” under or climbs over the bumper of another in a rear end collision).
The Super Bumper claims to help decrease that risk as well as reduce injury and insurance claims by protecting against minor rear end collisions. Designed to fit vehicles with a two-inch receiver hitch, the Super Bumper comes unpainted or in chrome or black powder coat, 3.25-inch or 4-inch diameter tubing, and is rated Class III/IV for pulling trailers up to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 600 pounds.
The Super Bumper also comes with a lifetime warranty: If it bends or breaks from a rear-end collision, it will be replaced absolutely free. Can you say that about your existing bumper? Pricing ranges from $99.95 to $219.95.
anti-skid step pad for use as a convenient step into the bed of your truck.
I don’t think you can beat the rear bumper/tailgate protection for the price, keep in mind the Spare Bumper costs about the same as a good bug shield! More info and many more product pictures at SuperBumper.com
Sometimes solutions to simple problems really are simple, case in point the Spare Bumper and Super Bumper from Mohr Manufacturing, Inc..
This simple yet strong bumper simply slides into your receiver hitch to give you true 5 MPH crash protection. Living and working in a metro area I have actually, as much as I hate to admit it, backed into the wall of a parking structure as well as a shopping cart and scratched the paint on my bumper. This product should prevent those little “miss haps” as well as add a little extra protection against tailgaters.
The Super Bumper comes with a Ball Mount And Chrome Hitch Ball that you can tow 6,000 lbs with 600 lbs of tongue weight and comes in two lengths and three different styles, U-paint, Black and Chrome. I opted for the 24″ Spare Bumper (no ball mount) as I tow more than 6,000 lbs and liked the clean look of not having a hitch ball on it. Both the Spare Bumper and Super Bumper come with a anti-skid step pad for use as a convenient step into the bed of your truck.
I don’t think you can beat the rear bumper/tailgate protection for the price, keep in mind the Spare Bumper costs about the same as a good bug shield! More info and many more product pictures at SuperBumper.com
Mohr Manufacturing’s Superbumper – a line of energy-absorbing, receiver mounted ball mounts – not only pulls and cushions your trailer when towing, Mohr says it also protects you and your vehicle when you’re not towing. Superbumper combines a ball mount with an energy-absorbing bumper or hitch step that protects the vehicle during rear-end collisions. There are two different models to choose from and both are designed to fit vehicles with a 2-inch receiver hitch and are rated Class III/IV for pulling trailers up to 6,000 pounds with a maximum rated tongue weight of 600 pounds. They are available in black powder-coat or chrome and have a lifetime warranty. For more information call (800) 852-6752 or log on to www.superbumper.com
Product SpotLight: The SUPERBUMPER Hitch Step
The Hitch Step has all the energy absorbing qualities of the SUPERBUMPER at 1/2 the cost. Three inch tube style bumper 18″ in length. Also includes Lift-A-Ball and 6,000 lb chrome ball. The “Step Hitch” that’s really a step, ball mount and a bumper!
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Two years ago while attending SEMA; I stumbled across an interesting item, the SuperBumper by Mohr Manufacturing.
The SuperBumper is a shock-absorbing bumper which mounts into the receiver hitch of our diesel trucks (and many other vehicles as well). Made of four inch steel tubing and having a length of 24 inches, this is a substantial piece of equipment.
The shock-absorbing mechanism is achieved when several high-density rubber “springs” are inserted around and in the shaft of the SuperBumper and inserted into the receiver hitch. The manufacture claims (Guarantees) the SuperBumper will withstand a five mile an hour direct hit without sustaining damage to itself or transferring any damage to the vehicle.
The SuperBumper also comes standard with a ball mount for towing, with a choice of mounts ranging from 1 7/8”, 2” or 2 5/16”. The towing capacity of the SuperBumper is a whooping 6,000 pounds with a 600 pound tongue weight. These units are designed to work only with a 2” receiver.
The SuperBumper also has a brother named SpareBumper. The SpareBumper is exactly the same as the SuperBumper except without the ball mount. Both units have a non-skid surface on the top for stepping in and out of the bed of the truck.
They are available unpainted, painted or chromed with a price point ranging from $130.00 to $220.00 for the SuperBumper and $110.00 to 190.00 for the SpareBumper.
After a careful inspection of the product, I could find no flaws in workmanship. Installation was straight forward and took less than two minutes after reading the instructions (I know, I know us guys don’t need any stinkin’ instructions).
Phone – 952-882-8800
Mohr MFG has just introduced a complete line of patented, energy absorbing, receiver mounted ball mounts called “SUPERBUMPERS”. These new trailer hitches not only pull and cushion your trailer towing, they protect your family, your vehicle and insurance.
SUPERBUMPERS combine a ball mount with an energy absorbing bumper or Hitch Step, that can be used 100% of the time (not just the 1% of the time you pull your trailer) to protect your vehicle from under-ride, eliminate parking lot and parallel parking dents and dings while lowering insurance claims. The patented compression system passed the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s 5 mph “Rear Into Pole” crash test without damaging the vehicle. There are four different models to choose from and all are designed to fit vehicles with a 2” receiver and are rated Class III / IV for pulling trailers up to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 600 pounds. Available in black or chrome. For more info visit www.superbumper.com.
Most tow vehicles are driven around not towing anything most of the time. The receiver hitch is bare, or covered by a receiver hitch cap. Jim Mohr and his company, Mohr Manufacturing, has a much better use for the receiver hitch when not towing – the Superbumper.
Unlike cars, there are no bumper collision standards for pickups, SUVs or minivans. Incidentally, since the 1983 model year, it has been the 2.5–mph bumper standard rather than the previous 5–mph standard.
The Superbumper serves both as a combination receiver–mounted bumper and a trailer hitch that pulls and cushions a trailer when towing, then protects the tow vehicle from rear–end collisions when not towing. An 18–inch–wide model is designed for midsize trucks, vans and SUVs, while the 24–inch–wide version is for full–size vehicles.
The Superbumper combines a standard ball mount with an energy–absorbing bumper. If your vehicle is hit from behind or you accidentally bump into something while backing up, the patented compression system will absorb approximately 3 mph of the impact.
According to Mohr, it is the only bumper (original or aftermarket) to ever pass the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 5–mph “Rear Into Pole” crash test without damage to the vehicle or the bumper. Besides preventing – or at least reducing – vehicle damage, the Superbumper can help reduce whiplash injuries, shield the gas tank, eliminate parking lot dents and dings, and lower insurance claims.
The Superbumper is designed to fit any vehicle with a 2–inch receiver hitch. The hitch is rated Class III/IV, for towing up to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 600 pounds. It is adjustable up or down, and you can still use your receiver–mounted systems like bike racks and cargo carriers without removing the bumper.
Prices range from $179 to $289 depending on width, finish and whether standard or heavy duty. This is a small investment compared to the typical $2,000 damage from a 5–mph impact as shown by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both the 18–inch, 3–inch–diameter Model 312 and the 24–inch, 4–inch–diameter Model 424 come in three finishes – black, chrome or LineX® brand bedliner coating. Made in the U.S., the Superbumper comes with a lifetime crash warranty. If you are rear–ended and the Superbumper breaks or bends, Mohr will replace it absolutely free of charge.
The Superbumper can also be used with the receiver hitch found on virtually every motorhome. This bumper overcomes the problem found with most motorhomes, in that the hitches are tucked behind and below the bumper. Thus, you have to hit the bumper and expensive body work before you hit the hitch, which can, in itself, absorb a 3– to 5–mph impact, depending on the hitch. The Superbumper moves the hitch out beyond the vehicle bumper to take advantage of this inherent strength.
Rear–end collisions are the most frequent accident on the highway, and 75% of them occur at less than 10 mph; most are direct hits. The Superbumper may eliminate most, if not all, of the damage from 75% of all rear end collisions.
For More Information:
Mohr Manufacturing Inc.
Home of the “Superbumper”
1319 Larc Industrial Blvd.
Burnsville, MN 55337
Product Spotlight: Mohr Manufacturing Bumper Shields for Trucks and SUVs
By Benson Kong
Mohr Manufacturing’s bumper shields might be the best protection one can get to protect from vehicle accidents. These bumper shields/skid plates/hitch covers will protect your truck or SUV from the two most common vehicle accidents: getting hit while parked and rear end collisions. The bumper shield covers receiver hitches, and works as bumper shields for rear-mounted 2-in. receiver hitches. The shield also acts as a skid plate and bumper shield for front mounted receiver hitches.
Mohr Manufacturing’s bumper shield is 16-in. wide and 6-in. high, and only sticks out 4-in. beyond a receiver hitch in its full compression mode. When contacted, the shield will crush 2 in. and won’t interfere with most vehicles equipped with backup alarms. On full-size pickups or SUVs, the shields can be flipped down to protect against under-ride, and can also be flipped up to protect smaller size trucks and SUVs against over-ride.
The shield uses a dual compression system so it can be pinned out for maximum protection, or pinned further in for clearance issues. The shield should be pinned closer in for off-roading, tight garage spaces, or to avoid being detected by backup alarms. It is as simple as arranging the rubber bumpers/spacers to pin the shield in its desired location.
The bumper shield is energy-absorbing, so it won’t transfer all crash energy from a rear-end collision directly to the occupants. The shield will keep the receiver hitch from bending when hit in the rear and will also keep careless parallel parkers from hitting your bumper. Even in high-energy crash situations, the shield will help to reduce whiplash. The bumper shield carries a lifetime crash warranty, and if it bends or breaks from a rear-end collision, at any speed, it will be replaced for free.
Image courtesy of Mohr Manufacturing.
Larry Edsall / Special to The Detroit News
After his wife’s vehicle was struck from behind, Jeff Mohr went to work and created the SUPERBUMPER, an energy-absorbing extension that could be plugged into the trailer hitch typically mounted on the back of a sport utility vehicle or pickup truck.
Mohr’s SUPERBUMPER was designed to minimize damage to a vehicle and its occupants when struck from behind. Such accidents, Mohr discovered in his research, are the most frequent of all collisions, accounting for nearly 30 percent of crashes.
Mohr Manufacturing Inc., of Burnsville, Minn., introduced its SUPERBUMPER more than a year ago. Now, Mohr is back with a new product, the SPAREBUMPER.
Unlike the SUPERBUMPER, the SPAREBUMPER does not include a place to insert a hitch ball, so you have to remove it to do any towing. But the SPAREBUMPER has the same energy-absorbing technology, which works, Mohr says, whether someone hits you from behind or when you back into a post or other object.
Mohr’s SUPERBUMPER and SPAREBUMPER take advantage of the strength of the trailer hitch, and his patented system of spring-loaded absorbers that allow them to take the initial brunt of the impact.
Originally, SUPERBUMPERS were priced from $190 to $550, depending on whether they were meant for compact or large vehicles, included various artistic designs or had spring systems mounted externally or internally. The SUPERBUMPER now has a suggested retail price of $130 to $260. The SPAREBUMPER is priced from $120 to $240, depending on size and finish — “U Paint” (so you can match it to the color of your vehicle), black or chrome.
For more information or to order a Super- or SPAREBUMPER, visit the www.sparebumper.com or call (800) 852-6752.
Mohr is ready to expand his product line. Next month he’ll offer the Bumper Shield, a skid plate style protector for front or rear bumpers.
Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlike the SUPERBUMPER, the SPAREBUMPER does not include a place to insert a hitch ball, but it has the same energy-absorbing technology. Rear-end collisions account for 30 percent of all crashes.
(Larry Edsall / Special to The Detroit News)
Ok…so check this out. Yesterday I was driving by a local high school, which happened to be getting out, and I was stopped at a light in front of it and I get rear ended by some punk high school 16 year old, but I was fine because I had one of these things on my trailer hitch- It’s called a Superbumper, well actually I have the Sparebumper, notice the rubber which absorbed all the impact from the car that hit.
A while back I was looking for a hitch step, since I probably wont ever tow anything with my TB (Trail Blazer), and I thought this thing was a good idea so I got it, LOL (Lots of Luck) thank god, the kid that hit me was fine, the thing dented his front though, and of course my car was completely fine…so yeah GET ONE! You never know. And for the guys that do a lot of towing they have a model that has a ball hitch on it.
SPEED Staff: Product Review: Superbumpers
Written by: SPEED Staff; SPEEDtv.com 01/09/2009 Burnsville, Minnesota
Mohr MFG. of Burnsville, Minnesota has just introduced a complete line of patented, energy absorbing, receiver mounted spare bumpers, ball mounts, bumper shields and skid palates.
These new products not only can pull and cushion your trailer towing, they protect your family, your vehicle and insurance the other 99% of the time when you’re not towing from the two most frequent vehicle accidents: getting hit while parked and the rear end collision.
These energy absorbing bumpers protect your vehicle from rear-end collisions, reduce whiplash injuries, shield your gas tank from under-ride, eliminate parking lot and parallel parking dents and dings while lowering insurance claims.
The patented compression system passed a 5 mph “Rear Into Pole” crash test similar to the tests conducted by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety without damaging the vehicle. Since 75% of all rear end collisions are less than 10 mph and most are direct hits, they make a huge difference in the outcome of the crash.
There are three different models to chose from – one for towing trailers up to 6,000 pounds and two without the towing capability if you already have towing equipment. All are designed to fit vehicles with a 2” receiver. They are available in black or chrome and all have a lifetime crash warranty – if they bend or break from a rear end collision, at any speed, they will be replaced absolutely FREE.
For more information contact: Jeff Mohr, CEO, Mohr MFG., 1319 Larc Industrial Blvd., Burnsville, MN, 55337. Phone/Fax: 1.952.882.8800 Toll Free: 1.800.852.6752 Email: email@example.com or log on to the web sites at https://www.superbumper.com or http://www.sparebumper.com for additional information.
MAR 20 2009 BY SHERRICE GILSBACH
If you’ve ever suffered a rear-end collision, you know the damage — even at low speeds — can be mind-boggling. U-Haul has partnered with Mohr Manufacturing to offer a line of energy-absorbing bumper add-ons for cars that the companies claim will help protect passengers as well as your car in 99 percent of rear-end collisions.
According to U-Haul and Mohr Manufacturing, these receiver-mounted spare bumpers and hitch covers also reduce the impact velocity of a rear-end collision. The prices range from $89.95 for the Superbumper Hitch Cover to $149.95 for the Superbumper Non-Towing Version to $179 for the Superbumper Towing Version. For details, visit U-Haul.com.
I’ve replaced my car’s rear bumper twice after rear-end collisions that were no fault of my own, so I know how costly and arduous the process can be. You have to file insurance claims, provide cost comparisons and live without your car while it’s being repaired. That’s a lot of hassle. Fortunately, I wasn’t hurt in any of my collisions, but if you add an injury into this mix, you might wish you’d have purchased the spare bumper in the first place.
February 26, 2009
by: Kevin McIntyre
Carrot River: Cars in Canada must have a bumper capable of being hit at low speed and absorbing the energy. Trucks and vans which are classified as trucks are exempt from this requirement. Kevin has installed on his van a clever solution to improve the safety of his vehicle.
While surfing the web I came across a website called Super Bumper. I have no idea how I found it but that’s the story of the web.
A Super Bumper is a unit that slides into the 2″ receiver on a Class III receiver hitch, is 24″ wide and takes the impact if you’re rear ended of a “victim of someone parking by braille”. It is protection from those who think their all season tires and ABS will actually stop their cars when they jump on their brakes in the winter. The channel on the shank has a slot machined into it for the unit to slide on via the retaining pin and inside the shank is a series of rubber blocks. The outside of the shank has rubber doughnuts – if you’re hit, these rubber blocks / doughnuts take the force. According to their website, a one ton truck with this installed can absorb an impact of 4.4 MPH and not damage your vehicle.
The company says its bumpers, ball mounts and shields absorb nearly 12 mph of the acceleration caused by a rear-end collision. Mohr’s products will prevent vehicle damage, under-ride and personal injury (whiplash) from this type of accident. They are portable, patented and crash-tested. In addition, they can be installed by sliding into any receiver hitch.
“I was hit in the rear by a two-ton truck in the middle of midtown (Manhattan) while stuck in traffic,” said Ian Skeete, a customer from Bronx, N.Y. “I drove away with a cracked reflector instead of broken tail lights, dented tailgate, cracked bumper and maybe even a broken back window. This bumper really saved me a lot of money.”
More info: www.sparebumper.com
Did you know that if you get rear ended you have a 22% higher risk of a whiplash injury with a ball mount in your receiver hitch than without one? Why? Because a vehicle equipped with a receiver hitch produces a stiffer “crash pulse” increasing acceleration to the occupants.
And even if you remove the ball mount, you still have the receiver hitch which is bolted directly to the frame. There’s just NO give.
Crash tests with ball mounts and receiver hitches produce a “stiff” pulse and will cause greater neck movement than a “soft” impact pulse in a rear end collision.
Step outside and take a look around the parking lot. You’ll probably see a dozen vehicles with their ball mounts in their receiver hitches. Some people seem to think that a ball mount will protect them in a rear end collision. Well, it may help protect the vehicle to some degree but they really need to be concerned about the occupants.
Safety Tip: Remove any fixed or static receiver hitch product when you get done using it: i.e. ball mounts, bike racks, cargo carriers and even the current “hitch steps” on the market today. All they’ll do is increase your chances of injury. And for women, they are already two times more susceptible to whiplash then a man because their necks are not as strong.
There is a safer way to tow your trailer or to make your receiver hitch safer when you get done towing. All of our products “soften the crash pulse” and that is what separates our products from all the rest – SAFETY.
Having to drive 75 mph on a 2 lane highway almost everyday definitely opens your eyes to the typical Arizona driver: drive 5 mph under the speed limit and sit in the left lane like it was a sightseeing tour. Driving slow in the left lane can cause just as much, if not, more accidents than driving faster in the right lane. My point is that you cannot trust anyone on the road. Not soccer moms, not a yuppie with a BMW, not even a priest on his way to the Vatican.
In a generation of modern technology such as the Ipod and cell phone, distractive driving is at all time high. It used to be enough to avoid the woman applying make-up while steering with her knees and going 70mph. Now you have to avoid the 17 year old texting their BFF’s (‘best friends forever’ for the texting illiterate) while they’re driving. You have to avoid the head banging punk rocker that is flipping through their IPod to see which of the latest tunes matches their current driving mood. You even have to look out for the boob tube junkie who has to have their fix of ‘General Hospital’ and is gazing at their in-dash 7” monitor. I think most parents would agree that our roads are little less safe than yester-year. Having said that, automobile technology has done a great job keeping up with the times.
The product I have had on my car for the past few weeks is called the “Super Bumper”. This is the ultimate peace of mind. It is extremely easy to attach and the latest model I have(see picture) is very sleek. All the extra distractions that I have mentioned above lead to a lot more accidents.
A lot more rear bumper to front bumper accidents. The Super Bumper is not only designed to save your bumper but to save your family’s lives! The only person you can trust on the road is yourself so why not protect you and your loved ones from the ‘distracted’ drivers. The best offense is defense. That’s what they say in the sports world but I think it applies to driving as well. Believe me, I am not a perfect driver and my patience for bad driving runs out rather quickly. For example, take the ‘bumper humper’ (someone who loves to drive 3 inches from your rear bumper). The Super Bumper allows that patience to exist a bit longer knowing that if someone is riding my tail, I don’t have to wait for them to pass me to mouth my opinions.
I also see potential for after market opportunities. The newly designed Super Bumper can also act as a marketing tool. I think it is a large enough scale to print some vinyl lettering to advertise anything you want. Whether it is your favorite sports team or, like my wife, your home-based business. I really love this product and it has taken a lot for me not to test it on an unsuspecting car that pushed my patience. Thank you, Superbumper, for that ultimate peace of mind!