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tech time! front bumper build.

Postby eddie platt » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:20 pm

i decided to build a new front bumper, i was never satisfied with the one i had made. and since some people on here are associated with the place that made it i wont name names.
the plan is to make a better flowing, better looking front winch bumper that is tighter to the body and doesnt kill my approach angle so much.
also a stronger more solid mounted unit as well. this one should sit about 6" back from the old one.


heres a pic of the old bumper.
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:20 pm

i started by cutting up the winch plate to fit inbetween the front grill mounts. then knotched the grill where the winch is going to sit. i pushed it back as close to the radiator as i felt confortable.

then i took 2 pieces of 2 x 5 rectangle tube about 12" long and massaged them a bit so they would fit inside the front frame rails.
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:23 pm

then i cut holes in the rect. tube for the round tubes to fit in, added an angle to it.

i had some 1 3/4 left over from the cage so thats what im using.

(in these pics the bumper is not pushed back to where its going to sit. you can see the bare metal and bolt holes on the sides, it will sit flush with the winch plate)
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:27 pm

i had to do a 2 plane bend which isnt easy for me to begin with, let alone add the fact that i couldnt find any of my angle finders. so i got the first bends on target easily. then moved out to the next bend and didnt get them both lined up equally.

you can see the pass. side is bent down more than the driver.
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:29 pm

i was really pissed at this point cause i dont have any more tube to bend, and its deffintely noticeable. so after alot of thought about what to do i decided to just cut the one side, sleeve it inside and rotate it to where i want it. i also had some scrap 1 1/2 tube laying around that fits inside .120 wall 1 3/4 tube for that.

!worked like a charm!
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:36 pm

so now im to this point. i got the big piece all bent, cut and turned to where i want it. got the lower tube in place.
i have 2 short 3" vertical pieces that are going to connect the 2 tubes. i also have the end caps for the rect. pieces to go on too.

the only other pieces i have left to make are the side supports and 2 d-ring mounts that will be welded to the rect. tube

the pics are kind of deceiving from this angle but the tube is going to end up right under the winch plate and get welded to it there after the whole thing gets pushed back.
its also getting some angle welded to the underside of the winch plate so i can bolt it to the front cross member for more support.
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Postby Jerry Blair » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:44 am

Looking good Eddie!

Tube work is much harder than it looks.

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Postby eddie platt » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:27 pm

so i got the bumper all welded up and have been waiting on these d ring mounts. i had them cut out by a friend at his work. its 3/4" thick steel i got out of the scrap bin here at work.
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Postby eddie platt » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:21 pm

its all done and mounted up.
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Postby GreenJPTJ » Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:52 pm

Looks great Eddie.

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