So by starting this thread im hoping people can share their stories of upgrades they have done that didnt go as planned or didnt work as thought. By sharing these stories maybe people can learn from others mistakes. So back in December I purchased a 2001 dodge 2500. It has the manual 5 speed tranny with the 24v cummins motor. Its also 4wd. Part of my preps was to get rid of everything that wasn't paid for or could be quickly paid off if need be. So the nice new duramax went away. With my budget right now this truck is my daily driver and bug out vehicle if need be. Because of my job I must a have truck capable of towing therefore my vehicle options are limited. So the upgrade to the truck was a really heavy duty ROAD ARMOR bumper. The bumper came with the truck but was a huge bonus because they sell for around $2000. I inspected the install to the bumper, everything looked great. It even had a few welds (which I thought made it a little stronger). Anyways I finally got to test the durability of the bumper last weekend. Some friends and I were doing some work around someones house and demoing a fence got brought up. So I figured what better chance to test the bumper. The fence only had 6" round poles with 3 2x8's running horizontal. Fence got demoed but it also managed to break the grill on my truck and bend the mounting brakets that go from the frame to the bumper. So I am currently in the process of reinforcing the brackets behind the bumper. So long story short. If you put an after market bumper on your rig in hopes of protecting it. Don't forget to upgrade the mounting hardware if you plan to use it. I will post more pictures later as I plan to work on it thursday.