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Old 02-26-2008
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thanks for the pointer, what i did was took a picture of my truck, made a grid on tip of it and from there made a sketch of the basic body of the truck, then i made several copies of that basic sketch and from there i started drawing on other stuff like the bumper, i made sure i got a bunch of copies, and i still have the original sketch as well
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Icon6 Bumper arrived!

Well, I returned home from Toronto Friday morning at 1:30 AM! I slept in and then went in to work after lunch to find a large box sitting in the receiving area from Custom 4X4 Fabrication. I know, I know... everyone wants pictures.

I am too busy at work to trial fit the bumper yet but thought everyone would still like to hear my preliminary impressions. Awesome was my first impression - rugged, well built, superb welding, nicely finished edges. This thing is going to be awesome! My next thought was "Why the hell does ARB charge so much?" I'm going to have to leave it at that until I have some more time. Hopefully, next Saturday, I can shoot down to the shop and trial fit it and get some pictures. Patience is a virtue... so they say!
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What was the final price on that?
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IMO The best lookin pre-runner bumper
thanks man.
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i would like to know the price too and how heavy is it?
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http://badlandbumpers.com/index_010.htm those are like exactly what I'm looking at. A plated tube bumper. Nothing to outrageous but still looks mean.
badland bumpers are really nice but pretty expensive for any small truck other than toyota they start at $725 then its an extra $100 to set the bumper for a body lift (if you have one) and its another $90 for it to be powder coated. and to get them made for anything other than a toyota you have to be able to take your truck to there shop here in washington so they can take measurements and test fit it. I really want one but it will be about $1,000 after tax just for the front bumper. you can check out all there bumpers at www.badlandbumpers.com
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What was the final price on that?
Remember, we're not sure yet how it's going to sit with the stock crossmember in place on other Rangers. I cut mine out - I'll know more once I mount mine! The bumper weighed in at 120 lbs and without mounting brackets, it was $375. Also, shipping is a bear! We'll be able to tell more once it's on my truck!
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Awesome, I don't have a front crossmember anyway so I'm fine there. I'm really excited to see the results.
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Icon6 Test fitted it today!

Sorry for the delay folks - I test fitted it today and cut the brush guard to fit on top of it! All I have left is some welding to actually mount the brush guard, sandblast, paint and install. Hopefully will be done and on by mid-April!

Also, in place, it will clear the factory front crossmember (that I removed on mine) - you just have to come up with mounting brackets that will work with the factory mounts. Should not be a problem - I am talking with Mike (Custom 4X4 Fabrication) about it now. More info to follow!

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lookin good cant wait to see it finished
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looking sweet, get it on their already geez. j/k
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Is that the XJ or the ZJ bumper?
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Is that the XJ or the ZJ bumper?
ZJ!
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Icon6 Almost ready for Paint!

I finished the little odds and ends today and mounted it with the winch, roller fair lead and fog lights.

I'm leaving it on for a day or two to make sure everything is O.K. I plan on pulling it off and sending it and my sliders to the sandblaster. After they're stripped and primed, a fresh coat of Dupont Imron epoxy enamel in matching Ford white! Finally getting near the end... thanks for all the ideas and support from everyone that helped.

A special thanks to Mike from Custom 4X4 Fabrication for making the Jeep bumper work on a Ranger!!!

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i think i know what i am geting :), i have a brush guard so ya.
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Old 03-17-2008
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That bumper is awesome looking! I want one! l.o.l. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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so if it's still on the truck can you get us a pic from the side? and if it's back off can you get some other angles of just the bumper, like the rear of ti and the side and the mouting brackets? I'm just curious how the inside of it is setup and where the brackets sit because my 94 frame is a bit different and I like the way a ZJ bumper fits the body.

Oh and did you cut out the fog light holes?
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so if it's still on the truck can you get us a pic from the side? and if it's back off can you get some other angles of just the bumper, like the rear of ti and the side and the mouting brackets? I'm just curious how the inside of it is setup and where the brackets sit because my 94 frame is a bit different and I like the way a ZJ bumper fits the body.

Oh and did you cut out the fog light holes?
I took it off tonight but here's what I have:






Yes, I cut the fog lights in myself!

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in time you might want to beef up the way it ties to the frame even more if its gonna be a winch and pull bumper
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I agree with that, it doesnt look that strong to be yankin on.
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in time you might want to beef up the way it ties to the frame even more if its gonna be a winch and pull bumper
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I agree with that, it doesn't look that strong to be yankin on.
? My brackets are 1/4" plate, through-bolted to the frame rails with 2 - 1/2" x 4" Grade 8 Bolts on each bracket. They are bolted to the bumper's 1/4" plate mounting brackets with 3 - 1/2" x 1" Grade 8 bolts on each side. The entire center section of the bumper, winch box and brackets are welded together and made of 1/4" plate. That's a hell of a lot stronger than the original factory tow points that were on that flimsy front crossmember. What else do you think I should do?
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usualy you use 3/8 plate for the mounting plate and tends to run a bit longer down the outside of the frame rails. or you can run one on each side. but i take it you prolly didnt have much choice since it was originally for a jeep right?
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usualy you use 3/8 plate for the mounting plate and tends to run a bit longer down the outside of the frame rails. or you can run one on each side. but i take it you prolly didnt have much choice since it was originally for a jeep right?
Actually, Mike built the bumper to my dimensions and narrowed the winch box and the position of his brackets. His upright plates are dead center on each frame rail. I could have mounted the brackets on either side of the frame rail but would have had to cut off the remaining stock outboard brackets. I really think it will be fine (he says with cautious certainty)... thanks for the concern and advice!
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if nothing else u can always gustet (sp) the brackets if needed....nice looking bumper...i really like it
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Icon6 Paint's OUT... Powder Coat is in!

The bumper, brush guard and sliders got dropped off to be powder coated today. Decided it would stand up better than paint and got a decent price. Will hopefully be done by the weekend... project nearing completion!!! Will post final pics as soon as everything is installed! Thanks again to everyone for advice and ideas!
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