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Old 04-11-2012
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1st front bumper attemp

Well got off work tonight and wanted to start working on something for the ole ranger. The company I work for started a branch called Hammer Head Bumpers. We recently did the front and rear for Brett Farve's Ford Raptor. I personally do not like the bumpers because of how bucky they are. So I started on mine tonight.

I am following INT3RC3PTOR front bumper design. I like it due to it's simple but agressive look. So mine is not 100% orginal but hey, I'm a machinist not a fabricator.

The basic lay out as of now (subject to change on a dime). The cd's are fog light placement. No laughing.





It's cardboard and masking tape right now but it is the lay out. I will be working on a wood version over the next few days, my work schedule changes daily so may take a while. This is my first build so all tips are welcome, all ideas will be considered. Oh and finally the truck its going on.

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Look forward to see this come out. Always enjoy seeing the "plate" type bumpers because they can vary so much.
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Should look good on there... keep us updated!
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Waiting on metal to get here. I ordered it yesterday from work. 3x2x.188 angle for the mounts, 2x5x.125 and 2x2x.125 tubing for the bumper, plus 1x1x.125 tubing and a piece of 24x36 .073 alum. d-plate for the front skid I'm thinking of doing to help keep stuff out of the radiator area.

Quick paint template of what the skid will look like. The "RANGER" is not set in stone. But I would mill it out on the VF-6 mill than paint a piece of alum. plate red and tig it on. Still undecided.



Engineering at work helped me on the mount design. Here is a paint copy of what it will be since I want to use my factory frame horns. Side view only. Gussets are going on them too.

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So I got my factory bumper and tow hooks off today. The bumper was easy the tow hooks was a pain. I did some mount figuring and noticed I had to relocate my mounting point. I want to mount the bumper to the tow hook holes. Is this a good idea? I mean I got pulled out by the crossmember I figure its strong enough but I am unsure.

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Why not use the bumper mounts and the tow hook mounts?
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The slot is a bumper mount, the hole at the top is where the tow hook bolted in. The other bumper mount on the far sides (by the body mounts) will be in my reward sweep of my bumper so not much use making it a mount besides for support.

With me choosing to use the factory cross member and frame horns in case I ever want to put it back stock is making this a challenge to figure out.
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I'd just weld the sucker on
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easy. make plates that you bolt to the mounts. then build the bumper internally out from there.
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