When my son and I started racing our TR-SC10E trucks earlier this summer, we were quite poor drivers and damage was a pretty common occurrence. That's why I ordered these T-Bone Racing front bumpers. Now that our driving skills have improved, it's rare that anything breaks on our trucks but now that I have these new bumpers, I'll give them a try.
In the photo above, the bumper on the left is called the "Racer". It's a little narrower and has some large holes drilled in it. I'll install this one on my personal TR-SC10E.
The bumper on the right is called the "Basher" It's a tiny bit wider than the "Racer" and has smaller holes drilled in it - T-Bone Racing says you can install LED lights in these holes if you want to. This one if for my son...he's still a little rough on his truck.
T-Bone also offers a rear bumper for the TR-SC10E but I decided no pass on that for now.
Here's the "Racer" installed on my truck:
The bumper sits rather low when compared to the stock bumper. I prefer the look of the stock bumper and how it tucks nicely under the front lip of the body. This T-Bone bumper is just kinda sticking out from the front of the truck.
Here's the side view of the "Racer" bumper installed. It looks a little odd with that big gap between the bumper and the body.
Note the "Racer" bumper's narrow brace with single screw vs the "Basher" bumper's wider brace with two screws. This "Racer" bumper is also slightly narrower than the Basher and has four large holes drilled in it - presumably to lighten the bumper slightly.
Here's the bottom view of the "Racer" bumper installed. I do like how this T-Bone bumper also forms a skid plate under the chassis. The bumper is also nice and smooth so may help settle the truck down on a nose first landing.
Here's my son's stock front bumper vs my newly installed T-Bone "Racer" front bumper. I like how the stock front bumper tucks up tight to the body. When I rub my hand along the T-Bone bumper, it feels nice and smooth while the stock bumper has a sharp edge where it transitions under the chassis. This sharp edge was often packed with dirt after a race. Maybe the smoothness T-Bone will help smooth out bad/nose first landings.
Here's the "Basher" bumper installed on my son's truck:
Unlike my "Racer" bumper, my son's "Basher" actually tucks up nicely to the body.
And here is a side view of the "Basher" bumper installed. It fits much better than my "Racer" bumper
The "Basher" bumper's support is a little wider than the "Racer" bumper and has two mounting screws vs the "Racer's" one screw. The holes in the "Basher" bumper are also smaller and the bumper is a little wider than the "Racer"
Here are our two trucks side-by-side. My son's is on the left with the Basher bumper and mine is on the right with the Racer bumper.
I really don't like how my bumper looks but I don't mind my son's. Perhaps the difference in fit is a quality control issue or maybe it's by design, I'm not sure.
If you are in the market for a big ol' front bumper for your TR-SC10E, check out the Basher by T-Bone Racing. It's not the best looking bumper on earth but, I think it will do a good job of protecting your truck and as they say, you can win a race if you don't finish.
'till next time