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tube bumper/skid plate bulid

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i built this bumper back in October and have not found time since then to work on it. this is what i did. every thing in this build is all mine from the cutting, to the bending, and the welding of aluminum and steel.

this is what i stated with. i decided to play chicken with a tree
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the original mounts cut. used the trusty plasma


building the mounting box
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yes during this build i had to sleeve three times. one in the lower hoop and twice on the main horizontal bar.
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for the time being i have my tranny cooler mounted on to the bumper right now in the process of relocating it with an new cooler up behind the grill
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i found the skid plate in the back of my shop 1/4 aluminum
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got it all cut to fit

need some air flow
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this bumper is completely removable. there are four mounting points. all the hardware is grade 8
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lower mount
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passenger side mounts the driver side mounts are the exact same.
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uppermost mount
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mostly done/done
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some of my welding. this was the first time i started welding after a couple years. i used the hobart 140 .35 flux wire. i run 75/25 argon/carbon mix gas most of the time but did not have the money to rent the tank or pay for the gas.
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still need to add the lower skid plate.

and i plan on building another one latter on. so i am looking for froward to all the constrictive criticism so i can build a better one.

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I really like that so far.
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Very nice

It's pretty much the same exact structure that my bumper has. Your welds look a lot nicer than mine do because when I decided to make my bumper I had to learn how to weld. I practiced for a few days but welding is a true art that takes a while to master. Awesome pictures too. It should give people an idea on how to structurally make a bumper.
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looks good
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good work
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Nicely done.
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i love the front plate.
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i have to say i am a proud supporter and user of the search tab. that is what i used to find ideas for the structure of this bumper. i have to thank all the guys/gals how run tube bumpers here on R-F. because there bumper designs helped.

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It's pretty much the same exact structure that my bumper has. Your welds look a lot nicer than mine do because when I decided to make my bumper I had to learn how to weld. I practiced for a few days but welding is a true art that takes a while to master. Awesome pictures too. It should give people an idea on how to structurally make a bumper.
i started welding when i was 10. i can do any kind of welding and AO fusion but i can not tig. my shop class did not have one. i have been welding regularly during high school in my AG Shop and Auto Shop classes. during that time i went to FFA AG Mechanics competitions to test my skills against other high school kids throughout the state. pretty regularly i was in the top 10. for the past two years i have not touched a welder till i made this bumper.

i am glad to hear about the pics being awesome. with this thread i wanted to help people with there designing proses on building there own tube bumper. as i did when i was looking for ideas.

i am glad to hear that the design of this bumper is good. and thanks for all the constrictive criticism :D

thanks shane
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Looks pretty good, it's just not my style bumper.
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Looks good man!
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thanks for all the complements guys. if i was to make a few of these and sell them. how much do you guys think i could get for this style of bumper. because i have gotten offers from people to sell them. i am just contemplating the idea.

thanks shane
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I'd give you 300+shipping
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I'd give you 300+shipping
any more offers lol... i was thinking the same 300-350. if i was building them for a full size truck i would add 100 more on that.
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nice it looking good
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u could easily charge 300. the dixon bros is 550 and i think thats too high. might just have found urself a new business venture
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That's sick man. I am wanting to have someone help me build a nice tube rear bumper but just an idea I am throwing around. I like the design of yours though. Very simple.
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That's sick man. I am wanting to have someone help me build a nice tube rear bumper but just an idea I am throwing around. I like the design of yours though. Very simple.

i am getting things together so i can start producing some. all i need to get now are some dies for my bender. thanks for the interest and the complement. i will sell you one when i get a couple more made.

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wow thats some damn good work!
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Pretty sweet.. I might have considered it in my lifted days if it used the oem bumper mounts..
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Pretty sweet.. I might have considered it in my lifted days if it used the oem bumper mounts..
if you want to go back to your lifted days i will have one for you. the bumpers that i am going to produce will mount to stock points.
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if you want to go back to your lifted days i will have one for you. the bumpers that i am going to produce will mount to stock points.
So it will be a bolt on bumper?

If you produce them, I may just drive up to Porterville and pick one up!
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if it was completely bolt on and work with a body lift
i might be interested
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i am liking the enthusiasm and the complements from all you guys. thank you

i will produce the bumper but it is going to take me about a month before i can can get things rolling. i need to get a die for the bender and get a prototype fabed up. as for a model fabed up to go along the body lift will happen after i get a few standard models out the door. i will post up when things are ready.

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