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Going to start the bumper fabrication soon

Im going to go with something like this one, with some minor modifications

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A few questions to thoes of you who have made your own bumper.

did you just use mild steel? what size tubing did you use? and how did you bend the tubing? If you have your own bender, can you post pics/specs/model numbers?

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have you bent pipe before?
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that's the one Andy (int3rc3ptor) was gonna get... It looks badass, but if you don't have some tube bending experience, you're going to waste alot of time and money...

Zach, pipe is for plumbing... not trying to be smartass.
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yea i was gonna get that one with a mix of how Jason made his lower crossmeber skid, and the removable light bar
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tube benders are hella expensive... 300 for a cheap one and about 250 each for the dies (1.5")..

http://www.vansantent.com/model_3_bender.htm

http://www.pro-tools.com/105_3.htm

pipe benders are cheap (~80) but they arn't made for tube and will kink it
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mild steel will be fine. i built mine from chromoly cause thats what i have the most access to. i used 1.625x.095 for my main tube and 1.375x.095 for my skid plate runners and light hoop. if i was using mild steel, i would probly stick with .120 wall. hydraulic bender, only way to go if you have access to one.

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Zach, pipe is for plumbing... not trying to be smartass.
my instructor used to say, "pipe is only used for two things; smoking and ****"
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hope you have metal fab experience
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ya gotta learn somehow. The whiney "I'd rather pay someone 500 bucks to do it for me" **** i hear 80% of the time is why most of you guys can't afford the really good mods.
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calm down aaron. are you always so b$#@hy??? he needs to get some experience but will also want a guide. learning metal fab by yourself is a pain!
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I have some fabbing experiance, but not much, my dad is pretty good at welding, so i know he will be giving me pointers along the way.

I honestly dont care if I waste alot of money the first time around, I dont know how im going to learn it if I dont, the 2nd time i custom fab a bumper (or anything else for that matter) it will get progressivly less expensive, and hopefully some day to the point where I can do it on the side and make a little money off it.

Thanks for the info guys, i appreciate it all
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I honestly dont care if I waste alot of money the first time around, I dont know how im going to learn it if I dont, the 2nd time i custom fab a bumper (or anything else for that matter) it will get progressivly less expensive, and hopefully some day to the point where I can do it on the side and make a little money off it.
Very good point... Good luck!
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as for the pipe, that is very untrue. many wheelers use schedule 40 pipe for stuff like that. the only difference is the way its measured. pipe is measured using inside diameter and tube is outside diameter. schedule 40 is pretty cheap for the strength it gives, its just trouble sometimes getting the right die to bend it with...
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pipe is for plumbing...
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pipe is for plumbing...
Definition of a pipe: A section or piece of such a tube.

definition of a tube: A hollow cylinder, especially one that conveys a fluid or functions as a passage.


Same diff foo.

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pipe is for plumbing...
uh no. go to pirate and do some research...
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i was kidding mang


..buuut, you dont use tube for pluming lol
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we do in mehico...
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Mehico, CO is a nice place
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