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Old 11-06-2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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fabricated front bumper

I would like to try to make a fabricated front bumper, it there any online help with the specs or anything that could help me out?

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Old 11-06-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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you aren't gonna do anything like that without a nice tube bender, and a cad program. i work part time at a buddies fab shop, i help him make full cages, and that is some hard stuff. the angles and measurements are crazy, definately need special tools and experience.

now i think there's simpler stuff you could build at home.

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Old 11-06-2008, 02:39 PM   #3
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Do you have any simpler ideas?
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Do you have any simpler ideas?
Square tubing may be easier, just alot of cutting and welding.
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:45 PM   #5
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Square tubing? I'm not sure I understand. Would this be easier for a welder?
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:32 PM   #6
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the way that is designed there are probably a couple welds on that bumper cause they bend that or just stamp it. what i would do in fabbing a front bumper is use round tube or square either or and just design it so you are cutting the tube on angles and butt welding them together i dont know about strength but youll get your custom fabbed bumper you want just play around with making a bumper with as little bends as possible. like for the stinger instead of having one pipe with a 160-170 degree bend in it it you can angle two pieces and cut so they meet at a point which kill someone if you ever got into an accident lol. or have two pieces with one straight top piece going across like /-\ i know thats shitty but you at least get what i am trying to say with angles i bet you can design a bumper with no bends and all you you have to do is cut angles and notch and your good
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:50 AM   #7
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Building the bumpers you posted can be a pain and take alot of practice, here are a couple I have done the first one is pretty basic


this one took alot of work and time to get it right


it all depends on how much time and money you want to put into it.
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:29 AM   #8
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If you have a Harbor Freight where you live they have pipe benders that arent to bad for like $80. Thats what I used on mine. 6" channel, 1/4" thick. My hoop is out of 1-1/2" pipe the small pipes are 1" maybe. Dont remember exactly. That bad boy aint going anywhere! Me and my dad built it in two days. Just sit down look through pictures of bumpers. Find something you like and that you can do with the equipment you have.
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:30 AM   #9
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those are some good looking bumpers 78!
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:10 PM   #10
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^X2 I like that CJ! What kinda tube fenders are those?
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:16 PM   #11
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i like them all!!!
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You should find a way to get me the specs off the first one please I'm looking to make my own and yours looks pretty bad ass is the winch mount part of your bumper?
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:25 AM   #13
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The tube fenders for the CJ I made myself and used the original fenders for the skin. was pretty easy except for the upper skin it had some rust in between the two layers of steel that I had to get rid of so I could get a good bead with my welder.

The winch plate is not part of the bumper but it bolts into the top of the bumper, it is a standard warn winch plate i got for 99.00. I will see if I can find the specs for that one as it has been a while since i built that one. I will be making one like it for my YJ I like that style a lot and it took a lot of abuse and a lot of winching out other people and never had an issue with it.
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I wouldnt mind waitin till you make yours for your YJ cuz thats what mine would be going on anyways
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Here is what I did this weekend with some 2x4 square tubing and some 1 1/2 sch 40 tubing. I still need to put a winch plate and 2 more light tabs on it but it cost me around 250 total.
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78CJ7 I like your style.
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I think that looks awesome tbip.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:27 PM   #18
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I made my stinger with the cheaper harbor freight bottle jack bender.

It's designed to bend pipe only a little past 90 degrees, so there is two slight kinks but they are hardly noticeable.


The hitch was off my old Ford Exploder.

The death hooks are welded on with multi-pass lo-hi. They ain't ever gonna pull off!
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:49 PM   #19
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:10 AM   #20
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I built this one to kinda match my rear warn bumper
and it was built with scrap 3/16 steel








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I'm really liking that one mr4x4! I think that's what i'm going to end up doing with mine.
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I'm thinking of adding the side wings from the pic in the first post, to my setup!

Should be pretty sweet!
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I would like to try to make a fabricated front bumper, it there any online help with the specs or anything that could help me out?
I thought of doing the same thing, but the bends would be hell to figure out, plus the place I work at does not have a tube bender. I designed and built this instead and really like the way my TJ looks now. I am thinking of cutting the stock bumper down. Not sure on that one yet though.

It is probably not what you are looking for, but it is an idea. I haven't gotten the costs together yet, but am sure I will not be paying more than $50 for this project. Similar grille guards cost 3-400 and up. Actually the one that I found and really liked was over $500.






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i really like the look of the first bumper but the price makes me not like it..lol
There is a guy here in town that does custom bending and here is one of the bumpers he did that i really liked.
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I'm really liking that one mr4x4! I think that's what i'm going to end up doing with mine.

I just happen to find a peice of scrap 3/16 steel that was already bent
and was the right size to fit the frame rails plus the winch plate is one peice and bolts in the all the original bolts plus it uses the swaybar bolts (theres a peice of metal on the bottom for the bottom bolts)
that gives you a very solid mounted winch bumper
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Danimal What holes did you use to bolt it on with or did you drill more?
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just check out this awesome job and modify the design for your liking:

(plenty of excellent photos)

Rear Bumper w/Swingout Tire Carrier Follow Along
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Danimal What holes did you use to bolt it on with or did you drill more?
I used the existing stock mounting positions and bolts. Used 3/8" plate upper and lower of the bumper. 3 holes each side (2 upper, 1 lower)
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:57 PM   #29
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Cool thanks I was lookin to do something along those lines as well I play with my Jeep alot so I was just lookin for a little front end protection
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