Dodge Stratus Bumpers
First introduced in 1995, the Dodge Stratus offers comfort and up-to-date styling within its mid-size frame. Engineered for longevity, this economical sedan offers drivers a variety of safety features, including seamlessly integrated front and rear bumpers. If you’re looking to replace your damaged Dodge Stratus bumpers, there are several essential elements you should keep in mind.What's the difference between a front and rear Stratus bumper?
The bumper is an essential safety component that works to absorb kinetic energy from minor and major collisions. Because accidents can happen at any angle, most vehicles feature a rear and front bumper. The Dodge Stratus is no exception. While you may think these polar safety devices are the same, there are several important distinctions.
- Front: As with most vehicles, the Dodge Stratus intertwined the function of this bumper with overall vehicle design. Designed to specifically protect essential car parts, such as the engine and transmission, it rests slightly higher than other body parts. Its material and internal features act as the first line of defense during a head-on collision.
- Rear: Unlike other sedans, the Stratus integrated its rear bumper to appear as if it’s a seamless part of the body. While its appearance may be invisible, its internal components absorb and release impact energy. Shock absorption springs and precise engineering are specific for Dodge Stratus body frame.
While custom designs are available, standard Stratus bumpers offer several universal features. These include:
- Material: Because of its design, Dodge Stratus rear and front bumpers generally feature a fiberglass frame covered in plastic and then painted to match the color of your car. Customized designs come in a variety of materials, such as aluminum, carbon fiber, and steel.
- Mounts: To secure this device to your Stratus, a reinforcing beam supports its weight and seals it to the body frame. The beam is generally manufactured out of steel or aluminum.
- Filler: Shock absorption is paramount for this safety component to be effective. One of the main parts is a honeycomb design made out of plastic or foam. While its influence is minimal in major accidents, it excels in minor fender benders.
- Springs: This component absorbs the kinetic energy of an impact and redistributes the force. Its operation is similar to a standard springboard, which absorbs and releases energy.
OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer parts feature identical design specifications that originally came with the Dodge Stratus. These bumpers are made to precisely match the year and model of your Dodge. They’re available from dealerships and various third-party suppliers. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, feature unique variations on standard parts. These suppliers offer customized designs and nonstandard materials, such as carbon fiber and polyurethane. Before you decide on a product, confirm that it's compatible with the year and model of your Dodge Stratus.