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That is just awesome!!! Great work!!
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Thanks!




I didn't want to start on the rear bumper until the camper was fully installed, since I wanted to make everything the correct proportions. With the camper done I get started on the rear bumper.




First I scrounge two scrap 1/4 inch plate pieces that have already been welded together. I drill holes to fit the stock bolting points.




Next, I cut a piece of 3 x 2 square tubing to length and set in place.




For alignment I use some clamps holding temporary braces.

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After tacking into place I weld on additional 1/4 plating.




Once the main bumper portion is fully welded to the mounts I remove and begin boxing in all the corners with plating.




To add support for the outer edges of the bumper I add 1 1/4 inch tubing to tie into the mounts.



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I bolt the bumper back onto the truck for the next phase.




For the swing out section I opt for a two piece sleeve. The first piece is 1 1/4 inch round tubing notched at the end and welded onto the bumper.




Next I mockup where all the gear will be and take measurements.




The second piece is 1 1/2 inch round tubing slid over the 1 1/4 inch piece, cut to match. The two pieces form the hinge for the swing out, which has a very snug fit. Another 1 1/4 inch tube is cut and welded into place for the swing out's lower arm.


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At the end of the swing arm I create a support and clamping point. I use 1 1/2 inch tube cut in half for the support. This gives a small lip for the arm to test on, keeping the arm from swinging open.




Next I bend the spare tire loop and cut to fit. I use a magnetic square to keep everything in pace.




With a paper template I mark and cut a spare tire mounting plate.




Then I drill out the holes and weld a piece of tubing on the back.

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After double checking my measurements I weld the spare mount into pace.




Just a test fit I bolt the tire on the swing arm.




The arm can swing 180 degrees without hitting the camper.




Onto the remaining gear loop. I bend, cut then weld into place


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I completely spaced out at this point and forgot to take more photos. After the second loop was welded on I added a small hoop to hold two fuel cans. Then I created two tabs to hold my license place. Corbin of Zebra Sports also came over and have me a hand with making mounts for the hi lift jack and a few other tid bits.




To keep things legal I had to install a license plate light. I search all over and find a small shop that makes custom LED lights.


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Awesome!
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sick.. still jealous.. that'll be an awesome rig when its finished
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Kick *** dude.
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Nice work as usual. How does the tire swing arm stay locked in place?
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Nice work as usual. How does the tire swing arm stay locked in place?
Thanks!

Whoops, missed that part in my update. I used a cam latch I picked up a Graingers.

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Neat idea, but will it rust?
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Neat idea, but will it rust?
The clamp?

Those are stainless,
People use those all the time for swing out carriers.
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Cool, never seen one before.
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Awesome work as usual man. I always enjoy seeing these updates.
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that is awesome
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great! i love when theres a new update on this thread. were u gys are planning to go through the trip u got planned?
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great! i love when theres a new update on this thread. were u gys are planning to go through the trip u got planned?
Nothing is set in stone yet, but I do have a my basic route set. Take a look at: Safari Pacific - Global Expedition
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Nothing is set in stone yet, but I do have a my basic route set. Take a look at: Safari Pacific - Global Expedition
That's amazing!! How long do you think it will take?
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That is so freaking cool!

You have my dream job.
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That's amazing!! How long do you think it will take?
Roughly 2 years. But that depends on many things. Fuel availability, border crossings, natural disasters and many others. Something small and simple could keep me in one spot for a week to a month depending. That's the fun of this all, true adventure!

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That is so freaking cool!

You have my dream job.
Its not really a job. Just a very expensive hobby...hehe. I'm working on making it my full time gig. Thinking of starting to offer fabrication services.
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Where is the kitchen update? Are you worried about traveling through the ME/NA area?
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Where is the kitchen update? Are you worried about traveling through the ME/NA area?
Its coming. Takes a bit to organize all the photos and such. I have more that I actually post.

I'm assuming you mean Middle East and North Africa. The Middle East is more of a political news hype that whats really going on. I've talked with a few people who have traveled in Iran. One British and one American I met said they had a blast. Everyone there wanted to talk to the America of the group and invited them in to their homes for dinner. There are laws prohibiting things like western music, but everyone listens to it. The public is much different that what you see on tv around the world. North Africa is much the same. Some sketchy cities. But that's like going into down town LA, there's some parts you shouldn't go. Having said all that, there is one area I am concerned with. Colombia, and particularly the FARC and AUC guerrillas. Other travelers have passed through there with no problems at all, but that's the one place that is riding heavy on my mind. My journey through there will be different since I'm publicly displaying the trip, ie stickers, website. Do some research on the FARC and AUC then you'll see why.
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Wait a sec, do you really live in Gilbert AZ?? Thats where I live...
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