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Need expert advice about installing steel bumpers

I am thinking of replacing them with steel bumpers. For this I am looking for guidance from experts. My initial queries are:
Are steel bumpers legal (refer ban on bull bars)
Will steel bumpers hinder the operation of Air Bags in an unforeseen scenario of frontal crash. To best of my knowledge the Crash or Air Bag Sensors are located in the bumpers (not sure how technically correct this information is)
Would the steel bumpers put any additional stress on the chasis/body thus causing long term damage
Tentatively, how much weight would be added to the Scorpio
Any effect on fuel efficiency due to additional weight
Shape: I would prefer the shape to be as close to the stock ones
Any recommendation for car modifier in Delhi NCR region.
Tentative cost of the project

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Mahindra Scorpio?

That's not a highly fuel efficient model so my bet is the fuel impact is that of a second passenger or less.

As the stress, it's not like you are installing 100 Kg bumpers so if you can lift them with say one hand, you are needlessly worrying.

As to legality, you ask a lawyer. In some countries they are sticklers about everything, and in others, no one cares.

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Heavy issue when it comes to legal matters

In the USA, every state differs their ruling about height and weight of the bumper.
https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/bumper-height/

Ex. Florida:
Maximum bumper heights are as follows:

Vehicles with a net weight of less than 2,500 lbs: 22 inches.

Vehicles with a net weight between 2,500 lbs. and 3,500 lbs: front bumper, 24 inches; rear bumper, 26 inches.

Vehicles with a net weight of 3,500 lbs. or more: front bumper, 27 inches; rear bumper, 29 inches.

If you were involved in an accident and the investigation leads that the steel bumper caused more damage or "the person on the other vehicle could lived if you didn't modified that bumper", that could give more headaches for the claims and fines.

All I know, you can only use the heavy duty steel bumpers for off road use. We installed the new winch and pirelli tires on buddy's Wrangler, now he's planning to get a bull bar for better mounting of the winch. He can't decide yet since he wants to keep his Jeep street legal.

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