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Old 03-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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Front Recessed Winch Bumper Build (JKU)

Hey everyone. Just got me a 2014 JKU in January. First non-4.0L Jeep I've owned...and first new one I've ever bought.

Anyway...needless to say, modifications can get expensive on any vehicle...even more so on a Jeep.

I'm a welder by trade, and want some bumpers, flat fender flares, rock sliders, etc...so I figured why not take my sweet-@ssed time and build them myself.

I really like the RC JK Hybrid Stubby Bumper. It is very minimalistic, very simple, and I happen to like the look (for the most part). However, I don't like the bolt-thru design for mounting (just personal preference)...so I'm building one very similar. Also, it'll all be one piece (welded)...so it should hold up to more abuse.

The bumper is made of surplus 3/16" carbon steel. I haven't completed it just yet. Got sick late last week, and did some of the work (layout and cutting, drilling holes) yesterday.

The material (surplus) from the steel yard (the tubing is for the rear bumper).

Here's the surplus steel, then the cut lines layed out for the pieces, and the pieces themselves.

Ran out of Oxygen...so haven't yet cut the slot for a roller fairlead. Will do that later this week when I get more O2 and feel better.

The main piece will have 6 bends in it. Also, I have D-ring mounts pre-fabbed that'll be welded to the front.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:16 PM   #2
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Too bad you were not closer, I could use some help on mine as well as help you out with a finish for the bumpers

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Old 03-03-2014, 08:33 PM   #3
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Too bad you were not closer, I could use some help on mine as well as help you out with a finish for the bumpers
Yeah...and what really sucks is that I used to live in Maine. Standish. Go figure...lol.

Gonna build a rear bumper with tire carrier too. Will start seperate thread for that...gonna finish the front after I get over this chest-cold.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:13 AM   #4
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Yeah...and what really sucks is that I used to live in Maine. Standish. Go figure...lol.

Gonna build a rear bumper with tire carrier too. Will start seperate thread for that...gonna finish the front after I get over this chest-cold.

Damn, thats only an hour from me! You must have worked at BIW? I had the flu a few weeks ago I know how you feel
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Actually, when i first lived there I worked at Maine Parts and Machine in Westbrook. After a very short time, I went to work for Oakhurst Dairy in Portland.

I'll be back up there some day showing my girl around. I really liked it up there...especially in the summer after black fly season.
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Not sure if you heard, but Oakhurst was sold a little while ago, the family no longer owns it. When you come back let me know if you want to go wheeling, I spend what ever time I am not working up in the mountains near Jackman
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Work in progress...

Got a chance to do a little bit more to the front bumper today.

Made some bends, and tack-welded a couple plates on it.

The roller fairlead mounting holes were just a little bit off, so I filled them (welded), and ground them down flush. Will redrill them next time.

It's starting to take shape. It looks a bit rough because I had to cut slots in the bend lines, because I don't have a brake press. So...I used a torch and the vise, and some elbow-grease.

Still need to tack on the winch plate, cut some pieces to tie the sides into the quasi-mini-skid plate.

Here are some pics.
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I could use some help on mine as well as help you out with a finish for the bumpers
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:12 PM   #9
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Not sure if you heard, but Oakhurst was sold a little while ago, the family no longer owns it. When you come back let me know if you want to go wheeling, I spend what ever time I am not working up in the mountains near Jackman
Will do. Looking forward to showing the better half how beautiful Maine is.

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I could use some help on mine as well as help you out with a finish for the bumpers
Where are you from? You already building a bumper yet?
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Will do. Looking forward to showing the better half how beautiful Maine is.

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Has she ever been?

What is left on your bumper?

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Where are you from? You already building a bumper yet?
His post seems to be an exact copy of part of my post, not sure if he was actually trying to say anything
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Has she ever been?

What is left on your bumper?

His post seems to be an exact copy of part of my post, not sure if he was actually trying to say anything
No she hasn't. I also lived in Bowdoinham. Where do ya like to wheel?

As for the bumper, I haven't had much free time. I did weld up those top plates on Sunday. Will get more done this weekend, though.
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No she hasn't. I also lived in Bowdoinham. Where do ya like to wheel?

As for the bumper, I haven't had much free time. I did weld up those top plates on Sunday. Will get more done this weekend, though.


I normally head up to my cabin near Jackman lots of places up there to go plus I can jump on the four wheelers to hit the trails.
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Okay...it's been a while since I've had any free time for the bumper. I haven't done much.

Added the winch plate.
Gussets the winch plate.
Welded on the d ring mounts.
Welded reinforcement plates the mounting area.
Fabricated the mount plates (CNC drilled the holes at work).

All that remains is to weld on the actual mounting plates. May fabricate a bull bar and weld it on...undecided on that thus far.

Ideas anyone??
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Well, the bumper is finished for now. I am going to make a bull bar for it. Needs a few more coats of paint as well.
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So... Did you ever get to the rear, or did you stop there... Looks great. Can you post up some other pictures of the front bumper...?
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So... Did you ever get to the rear, or did you stop there... Looks great. Can you post up some other pictures of the front bumper...?
I haven't gotten around to the rear bumper yet. Have all the materials...just been so dang busy.

It should be a lot more straight forward than the front was...seeing as how there are no bends to make, etc.

Here is a pic I took yesterday (of the front) with my new LED 20" light bar bolted on.
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