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Old 02-07-2007
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Sweet front bumper idea!

Anyone ever done this to a ranger, particularly a 2001 ^ model?
I think it is simplistic enough to make, just might take some time...
You know what after I get some feedback I might think about fabbing one up!

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Only problem is it looks VERY heavy. Might be more suitable to superduty's and so on. That plus a winch and so forth makes for a very heavy Ranger!

It's really a nice design and certainly heavy duty -- I just wonder if it's worthwhile weight wise?
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What if you made it out of aluminum or an aluminum alloy?
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HEAVY. It'll look good, but hugely heavy on our little trucks.
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That would sure solve the weight issue. I don't know how hard or expensive that would be, but it sure would be unique as far as I know and that lower weight would be a big help in some offroad environments.
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I wonder if anyone makes them?
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That is one massive bumper
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There really are no aftermarket bumpers for 01+ Rangers somone needs to start a company that just deals with 01+ Rangers just think you will be so ahead of the curve in about 10 years when all our trucks are just offroad beaters!
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i'm sure if you were able to get your truck to roadarmor that they would do something custom for you.

thing is, there bumpers cost anywhere from a couple thousand to a few thousand bucks... NOT WORTH IT

we got our f250's custom bumpers done by Tough Country in El Campo, Texas...

turned out really well..
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steel would be too heavy, aluminum would be to flimsly and wouldn't protect anything, and chrom-oly is EXPENSIVE!
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if i do remember right isnt GIL supposedly building aftermarket bumpers like that for rangers?
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forgot to mention in above post.....

I am about ready to start build a bumper for my ranger.....similar in style to the roadarmer ones, but alot less bulk. I'll post pics whenever the heck I get around to building it.
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What are you making it out of?
Wouldn't an aluminum/something alloy, while stronger than aluminum and lighter weight than steel mixture probably be the way to go?
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wow thats pretty massive... i agree on the weight issue... maybe more trouble than its worth
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I like how that bumper has really good protection of the entire front end it looks really heavy duty .

If you plan on a winch set it up so u can quickly swap it from front to the back using a hitch . they have ones that have dual mount. A old 4x4 tow truck driver who winched me out the sand said your better off with it on the back cuz you drive into a dead end and want to winch it back out not further into the rough stuff .

The only thing i would change in the bumper design is how it hangs down.it looks good but i think it could be better ... I would want to go with a design that really maximizes approach angle. The main reason i say that is not hill climbing or getting over a huge boulder as most people would think. the reason is turning around on a narrow trail. You can roll forward a few more inches or feet without hitting rocks etc. This means a 25 point turn may now be 10 points . The turn around is the worste part , especialy in a stick when its off camber! Oh , how it makes me long for a wrangler ! so yeah , if you do narrow trails alot its something to consider . I can't wait till i take out the front valance while turning around so i have an excuse for a new bumper and skid plate !

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I'm also looking for a bumper but the local fab shop is crazy and wants $2grand for a bumper.
Check out my thread, there are a few pictures in there of a sweet bumper on a Nissan.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=36134
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Like christian said, 2g's for a custom bumper is about the norm.

Aluminum might be lightweight, but it's a b!tch to weld. I think your best bet would be to try something like 3/16" plate. I'll be making something similar for my truck one of these days, along with a matching rear bumper.
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i like the road armor bumpers.. 1/4" plate :)

who is it on here w/ the white 99 and the winch bumper? his pic is on the main page with him driving through the snow...

i think he said it was all 1/8" and around the winch mount was 1/4
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haha 2 grand for a custom bumper.. i had mine built for $450 out of 1/4" steel... tough as hell too.... i guess you just need to find the right people to build it for ya.. but mine certainlyl isn't as pretty as those but i bet if you spend 2k on it you're gonna be worried about messing it up or something
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Those are some serious looking bumpers! But I can see how they would be Torsion Bar Breakers on a Ranger
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I'm also looking for a bumper but the local fab shop is crazy and wants $2grand for a bumper.
Check out my thread, there are a few pictures in there of a sweet bumper on a Nissan.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=36134
That looks pretty sweet!
Though I think I'd want something bigger, maybe with a chromed or diamond-plated skid-plate underneath.
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im thinking of buying some 1/8" and 1/4" plate and just showing a buddy pictures and saying "have fun" haha
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looks like the weight would be so great, that the damn front end of my ranger would nose dive into everything.. that would be interesting 0.o
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sem1845 can you please post pictures of your bumper. thanks
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