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Old 01-03-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Birth of a bumper

Had some time off and decided to jump into a fab project. A lot of fun, about 40.00 in metal and maybe 40 in rods, grinding wheels paint etc. 7-8 hours of work and bingo...a made in the USA, plain jane bumper!

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Old 01-03-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:13 AM   #3
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lol, It actually broke like that. One day at work I was swinging away and then things got all loose in the handle. I cut the rubber handle part away and it had broke at the shaft. First time ever for that with an Eastwing
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:18 AM   #4
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Looks good. Gota love how cheap you can do your own stuff, and the added reward of being one of a kind home made. When people ask, you can tell them you made it. Build not bought.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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i was kinda surprised at how cheap it was. The steel was new plate, bought from a local supply shop, they sheared it to my exact sizes, clean and square. 38 pounds of steel @.75 a pound and 5 cuts for 10 bucks, 40.00 total in material. I was expecting a lot more in material costs
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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No bad. Yeah I got all the steel for my rock sliders, so side plates, backing plates, and bottom side, with all my cuts minus the angled ends, for 60. Some shops are terrible with steel price though. What thickness did you use?
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I'm building my winch/bumper today, using 1/4" wall spent $35 for the bumper material.

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3/16ths on the plate, 1"x 3" bar cut to 4" long for the d-ring mounts.

Drilling that 1" hole for the d-rings was the most labor intensive. I took it to my dads and put it on a milling machine, started out as a 1/4" hole, then 1/2" then 3/4" then used an end mill to get to the 1". A lot of steps but he didn't have any bits that were bigger than 1/2. The 3/4 was what they call a hog hole bit, requiring a 1/2 pilot hole and the 1" was a dual flute end mill

other than that everything else was basic tools in the garage. In hindsight I could of bought commercially made d-ring tabs from an off-road fab shop for about 30 bucks and not of had to leave the house to mill them..but i got to learn some milling techniques along the way
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3/16ths on the plate, 1"x 3" bar cut to 4" long for the d-ring mounts.

Drilling that 1" hole for the d-rings was the most labor intensive. I took it to my dads and put it on a milling machine, started out as a 1/4" hole, then 1/2" then 3/4" then used an end mill to get to the 1". A lot of steps but he didn't have any bits that were bigger than 1/2. The 3/4 was what they call a hog hole bit, requiring a 1/2 pilot hole and the 1" was a dual flute end mill

other than that everything else was basic tools in the garage. In hindsight I could of bought commercially made d-ring tabs from an off-road fab shop for about 30 bucks and not of had to leave the house to mill them..but i got to learn some milling techniques along the way
Making it is the fun part and you kept the budget down
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What kind of welder do you have? Did you use a stick or mig? Bumper looks great. I'm looking for ideas for my project to do a front and rear bumper as well. Rear bumper will have a tire mount and a rack for a large cooler. Front will have several fishing rod holders. I love surf fishing. You know us Old Marines. We can't get away from the beach!!! Gunny Out!!
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:20 PM   #12
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an older than me, basic, Lincoln AC-225 stick welder. used 6011 1/8" rods, and had a smile on my face the whole time I was welding, planned ahead and everything worked out great, except paint, I hate paint.
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that is sick! TIG?

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