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thats a custom bumper a member built on here. let me find his thread


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here are the finished pics
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...per-shots.html

here is the build thread
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...rb-bumper.html

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K guys quick question. I want to build the bumper myself, and if all goes well I might start selling some. I was just wondering what could I get that would cut steel easiest yet be inexpensive
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chop saw with a metal cutting blade
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you can buy a circular saw with a metal bladed. its a blade not a carbon wheel
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Just found out I can get 15 angle grider cutting wheels for 10$. I thik I'll jump on that!
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you are not going to want to make a bumper with an angle grinder.. its hard to be steady for that long, you need a machine or a saw that stays straight for you
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get yourself a 4.5" angle grinder and a buttload of cut off wheels.. cut off wheels are cheap. when you buy them get like 10 at a time.. works awesome... a chop saw with a metal blade aint gonna work if your cutting sheet metal type steel..

the angle grinder is cheapest. the other options are, a plasma cutter or oxy-a torch but they are over a 1000 bucks each..
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Well I have a DeWalt angle grinder already so all I need are cut off wheels
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sawsall with some good blades!!!! go slow and use cutting oil, and youll have no problems!
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Get an oxy acetaline torch. Its going to be a hell of alot easier on you, and cheaper in the long run.

I use cutoff wheels ALOT at work, and anything over 1/8th just chews the **** out of the blades.

You can get a cheap cutting torck for like 200 bucks, then rent the bottles for the oxygen and aceteline. I think the places around here charge like 40 for oxygen and 35 for aceteline.
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I just bout a bunch of cut off blades for cheap so I'll try with those first. Canadian Tire sells a stick welder for 179$ so I might pick that up. Then all I need is the steel. What thickness you think I should go?
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Well if you are going to sell them then the industry standard is usually min 3/16. Personally I wouldnt do 1/8. Unless you really design that bumper well, then it is going to dent to easily.
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Well it would be like Wolfman's sick *** bumper, 3/16ths it is! just gotta find where to buy steel haha
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do 3/16th
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I am currently fabbing one very similar to wolfmans with some slight changes.
Debating on keeping access to fx4 tow hook since I will already have access to my tow hitch, my lights in the bumper will be aftermarket lights (not a fan of factory fogs) and my top is square tube.

The only part I cardboarded was the top plate that bumps down at an angle and the wrap arounds to the sides. Everything else you can take measurements and trim if need be.

Plasma cutter helped a lot

I would recommend 1/8" if you are fabbing similar to woffmans, I dont have my mounting reinforcements in yet and im at 67lbs
I did you a really hard steel so it's really dense.

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