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Building a front bumper

I want to get myself a front bumper made but around here they charge 1000+ for one. So I figured I would get the materials myself, make a template, cut them, prep them and get someone to weld it all together.

My question is what kind of metal, what thickness, etc. Do I use the same material for the mounting point. What can I use to cut it that I would have at home. I'll be making a design in paint to give you an idea of the look im going for.

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are you wanting a plate or tube bumper
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My question is what kind of metal
i would use Steel. It is pretty common and pretty cheap and easily weldable.

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what thickness
I would probably use 1/8-3/16 in. Wait, you're in Canada. i would use like 3-5mm thick material. lol

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What can I use to cut it that I would have at home.
Do you have an angle grinder with a cut off wheel. or better yet, a chop saw? I don't know what you have at home to idk. You can always use a hack saw.


What you really need to ask yourself is if this bumper is going to be taking a beating....Meaning are you planning on jumping the truck and letting it land on the bumper? If so, then it'll need to be built to handle such a thing. Or is this bumper for looks? Holding some lights? Looking good? If so, then strength isn't as important. Get my drift?
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The bumper would look like this but no plate, and a winch in the middle.

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I have a grinder with a grinding wheel haha but I could prob get a cut off wheel at the local hardware store. It'll be used primarily to hold the winch, looks, tow points and strength. Not jumping the truck but if I hit a car/tree/rock I'll be safe. The bumper itself wont be taking a beating but I'd like it to perform well in a bad situation
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3/16 plate get it made then make mine plz
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ya 1/8 or 3/16inch steel. get the material cut your pieces out with an angle grinder with cut off wheel, and smooth out the edges and all that goodness, then take it somewhere and get them to weld it up for ya, then bring it home and grind down the welds and paint..

the only expense you would have this way is getting someone to weld it up for ya.. unless a buddy will do it for free or a case of brewski's or something and paint.

i think it would look good on your truck by the way!!
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it seems to me that I have seen people make a template of the bumper out of wood or cardboard... that way you would actually be able to see how it really looks on the truck.
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it seems to me that I have seen people make a template of the bumper out of wood or cardboard... that way you would actually be able to see how it really looks on the truck.
ya cardboard would work.. then you could tape the pieces together and its cheaper!!
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ya cardboard would work.. then you could tape the pieces together and its cheaper!!
huh?
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ya cardboard would work.. then you could tape the pieces together and its cheaper!!

FTW hahahahah
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ya cardboard would work.. then you could tape the pieces together and its cheaper!!
Mall crawlin' on a budget
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all 3/16 would make that truck way too nose heavy, stick with 1/8 for your outer structure and 3/16 for your mounting plates.
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Would a tube bumper be alot lighter?
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Depends on the amount of tube used. usually yes if they are simple.
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ya cardboard would work.. then you could tape the pieces together and its cheaper!!
then rhinoline it and your done
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huh?
not to build the bumpers you morons.. duh lol.. i meant to make a template of the ****ing thing.. geez.. use your brains..

cut the pieces out of cardboard, then trace them on some plate steel, then clean up the edges and weld it together!!!
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i like the way this thread is going! hahah im interested in this build might be doing mine pretty soon. i gave ironbull bumpers a call today and they said they would give me the bumper for 1000 bucks if i pick it up from them. am really thinking about it too.
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then rhinoline it and your done
ROTFLMAO you guys kill me lol that made my morning
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Steppie Rear HD Bumper Ideas !

Who has one, a bumper or an idea; any pics.

I have been running w/o a bumper for a while now, looking on line, can’t get in the garage to even put down a bead so i am now looking for ideas.

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search craigslist for "tube bumper" or "steel bumper".
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P.S. im getting rid of my old tube bumper with a stinger and winch mount area if anyone is interested, PM me!
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Where you located?
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^^ he is in Washington IIRC
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the bumper in the pic at the begining who makes that? and where can i find one for my ranger?
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