RPM R/C Products - Front Bumper & Skid Plate for Losi Baja Rey
When RPM's engineers looked at the stock front bumper and skid plate on a Losi Baja Rey, they realized that the front skid plate was too stiff, preventing the bumper from absorbing impacts. Their solution involved more than just a simple skid plate redesign. They moved the entire skid plate from between the chassis plate and differential to below the aluminum chassis plate. This move solved a couple of problems. First, the aluminum chassis plate now has some serious RPM skid protection where it had none before! Next, and more importantly, it allowed the freedom to create a flex zone on the skid plate that would allow more movement of the bumper in impact situations, ultimately saving you from costly repairs.
The skid plate isn't the only place RPM looked to improve strength and durability. They redesigned the bumper as well, strengthening the mount between the skid plate and bumper, thus creating another flex zone that allows the bumper to compress under extreme impacts yet return back to its original shape once the impact energy has dissipated. This ability to compress also protects the more fragile areas of the truck such as the front differential and chassis plate since the bumper now absorbs the impact instead of transferring that energy into the chassis. They also made the bumper thicker than stock, meaning it can take more impacts over the entire width of the bumper without failing.