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My bumper I'm making.

I've got the plans/dimensions for it somewhere, but can't find it to scan it. Anywho, I'm making it out of 3/8 wall rectangular tubing. The ends will be tapered up a bit and closed off. I'm welding with stick and using a 7018 rod. This beyotch is HEAVY. I'm going to be cutting a 2x2" hole in the middle of the bumper to be able to slide a receiver in and out for my trailer. S basically it's a hitch and bumper combined. And I'll prob weld some shackles on there too.

I want to give the credit to Kevin (2002fx4) for his bumper idea.

Here are some of the pics of it now, there won't be any more progress on it until Monday and it'll be finished by Thurs.

What I started with:
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A little plasma, a little rose bud:
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And I grinded for almost an hour, seemed like forever.
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Monday's Progress:

I taperd up the sides, but am still going to box it in. Also made the brackets for it. It "should" be mounted on the truck tomorrow, but we'll see how that goes.

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Tuesday's Progress:

The mounts are welded to the piece on angle that's made out of the same wall as my bumper. I have 2 bolts holding it on, but there is a 3rd hole that I can work with. I also see quite a few things I can do to strengthen it. I've still got to get them level before I set the bumper up there to tack it in place.**New Plans** The bumper will be capped off on the ends, but only welded shut on one end. The other end will be capped, but will be on a hinge. Since the bumper is 4" wide and 8"tall I'm going to take advantage of that space to put tow straps etc in.

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Since I'm going a different route with the bumper, I got this today; FREEBIE!



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Wednesday:

After working on it 7 hrs today, I was finally able to get it on the truck after class tonight. I'm really impressed on how it turned out and I can't wait for this weekend to see how it does with a trailer behind it for 1-1.5 hrs. I still need to finish up the small stuff like the end caps, but I'll do that next week. I just really needed to get the bumper and hitch on for this weekend. I highly doubt that this thing is going anywhere after 2 200lb ppl jumped on it, and I mean jumped on it.

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Looks good man
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jeeeez!! how much does that weigh?
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I like it!
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Fawk that's HUGE! And I thought mine was overly huge. By the looks I'm gonna guess its about 3"x6".. but it doesn't quite look like 3/8" wall (I could be wrong). I know how heavy my rear bumper is, so I can only imagine the weight of that sucker!

And by the way Brenton, I appreciate the credit given. Mine design isn't actually my design at all, rather a design of my buddy Jason's. I personally think your approach to making the bend is abit more work (even though you are cutting only three sides). But I can certainly feel for you on the grinding, especially with you stick welding. The bead/slag has gotta kill (for grinding purposes).

Keep it up.. I'm curious to see the end result!
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damn Brenton, thats BEEF for sure
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very nice Brenton, that is some big stuff!
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Thanks everyone, I think it's 3/8 wall, but I'll check again on Monday.

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Good gosh Brenton that sucker is gonna be heavy duty man haha
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good job man,i want to see the finished product,i bet it is going to look awsome
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Sweet bumper! Now you just need to make a fender! lol j/j
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Look good man anyone u hit or backs into you there car = crunch haha
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I'd like to knock a few things over with it. haha

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So.. Brenton, I think you can go successfully say you'll need to upgrade your front suspension a bit to not droop all too much from the weight of the sucker.. the lord help anyone unlucky enough to get a taste of it :-D
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So.. Brenton, I think you can go successfully say you'll need to upgrade your front suspension a bit to not droop all too much from the weight of the sucker.. the lord help anyone unlucky enough to get a taste of it :-D
This bumper is going on the rear. lol

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This bumper is going on the rear. lol

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do you work for jcb? I just saw a tool box or something with jcb stickers on it.
I work for a dealership that sells jcb.
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I hope there arent the only mounting points. If this is doubling as a hitch, you should take ALL the necessray precautions to overbuild the mounting system...
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golly, that thing is overkill 4 a bumper ain't it
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golly, that thing is overkill 4 a bumper ain't it
not the mounts.
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I welded up the mounts today (not to the bumper yet) and I'll can say that this bumper isn't going anywhere (as long as I do the same when I weld the mounts to the bumper).

I might put a 3rd mount in, but those 2 will be guesseted. (s/p?)

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where does the third mount go? gussets dont seem like they would make up for the chincy mounts IMHO.
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do you work for jcb? I just saw a tool box or something with jcb stickers on it.
I work for a dealership that sells jcb.
No, but the JCB factory is about 10 min from my school. They give us metal and stuff, so in return we show their name all over.

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where does the third mount go? gussets dont seem like they would make up for the chincy mounts IMHO.
The 3rd one would more than likely go to the top of the spare tire thing. But I can assure you, even with just those 2 mounts it's going to be a very strong set-up.

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