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Old 05-04-2010, 11:48 PM   #1
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Talking My bumper build

Well ive started my bumper build. Im going to do the back bumper first, then some rocker gaurds/steps, then im going to tackle the front bumper. Rear bumper is going to have tow points, reverse lights, and I'll probably go ahead and do a tire carrier. Oh and its made of 3.5" square tubing with a 3/16" wall. I wanted to make i out of 3 or 3.5"x5" tubing, but this material was free from work. Might just sell this one when its done and make the one i really want..

A few pics of the progress so far, more to come.





Heres a few of my welds on something i had done at work that day, not the best but the only ones i have on my camera.



And heres the l.e.d reverse lights i got off ebay, 9 l.e.d each 2.5 inch dia.




Hopefully I'll get to work on it some more after work tommorow and get some more pics.

And i have one question, how has everyone else mounted there bumpers to the rear crossmember? I want make it good and stout but im trying to keep from removing the fuel tank to get access. Anyone have any tips/pics of how you did yours?

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Old 05-05-2010, 02:11 AM   #2
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i been looking all over for small white leds where on ebay did u find those i need them because i want to remove stock lights and put 4 inch round red in but need reverse lights

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Old 05-05-2010, 10:46 AM   #3
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look at truck stops for LED lights, usually the cheapest I've found at least in my area. Bumper looks great nice welds. I'll probably be starting my rear tire carrier this next week. Keep up the pic's.
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All the trucks I go into don't have small white leds just the 4 inch cuz that's the size we use on our trucks
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vulcan- found them on ebay motors, they also have 2.5" and 4" lights.

Didn't get to do any work on the bumper 2day, had to work over and by the time i was done i was just ready to go home.

Thanks guys. I'll keep updating

And i just noticed in my first post i said i have 2.5" inch lights. Thats a typo, they are 2" lights.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:14 AM   #6
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thanks feed im goin to put my lights in the bumper also. im goin to try to make the dual purpose. have them for reverse and put a toggle in so u can have light back there when not in reverse
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:38 AM   #7
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I have those same backup lights, they are petty bright (lights up my whole driveway) kinda a blue tint when you look in your mirror. I wanted to take a pic of them with them on, but I just got a big glare lol. Nice looking bumper too btw
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:13 AM   #8
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looks nice so far. Good welds too.
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:56 PM   #9
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very nice. keep the pics coming, im interested in how it turns out.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:25 PM   #10
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i am worried about you not havingthe right equipment for this job.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:40 PM   #11
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Haha, Not my equipment. Thats where I work. You can see some of the Lathes, but none of the mills.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:49 PM   #12
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And no pics of how people have mounted their rear bumpers? Looking for some ideas..
Thanks guys
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:09 AM   #13
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i welded mine on haha or you could bolt.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:40 AM   #14
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got a YJ and i did my rear bumper out of some frame tubing from a friends build up. i just drilled 8 holes and bolted it up using the factory locations
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I wish I had all those tools/skills.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:24 AM   #16
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nice welds and good fab work. keep the pics comming
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:15 PM   #17
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Hey guys, Sorry i haven't posted any updates in a long time. I've had alot going on latley. The bumper is done except for wiring up the lights. Here is a few more pictures. Still need to get some of it mounted on the TJ.

Cut outs for Shackle mounts


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Old 08-01-2010, 09:28 PM   #18
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Frame mounts





Mocked up on the Jeep



Holes for the reverse lights


I'll try and get some pictures of the finished product tommorow. I herculined it if anyone was wondering.

Let me know what you guys think.

Next project is gonna be bed lining the fender flares, finishing up my sub install in the console( removed stock sub and fiberglassed cut out and routed to get a 8inch sub to fit. Still got a good bit of work before thats done though.) and finding a hard top since i tore my soft top this weekend and the back window zipper needs replacing.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:19 PM   #19
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Man that rear bumper looks great I started with my front bumper and am working on my rear bumper and couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do but ur build will help me finish up here is a pic of my front bumper again nice bumper.
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looks great man
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:57 PM   #21
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Very nice!
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i been looking all over for small white leds where on ebay did u find those i need them because i want to remove stock lights and put 4 inch round red in but need reverse lights

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The bumpes look Great! Good Job
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:12 AM   #23
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Reverse Lights

What did you use to cut the holes for the reverse lights? I am using the the same lights and was wandering what the best way is.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:39 AM   #24
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This link was sent to me as I'm trying to figure the best way to mount my bumper...stock crossmember is too flimsy.

http://www.rockhard4x4parts.com/imag...RAMEKIT-01.jpg

On the yj the shackle mounts are in the way, but this should work for you.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:26 AM   #25
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That is one heck of a radial drill press you have there.
As far as the bumper, I like your design, I think you used good material, good job on closing the ends and welding the d-ring brackets on, just fill in the craters at the end of the beads more so they are not concave. All in all you did a good job on the bumper.
In post #1 the two pics of weld beads concerns me as far as weld quality, I know you said they were not on the bumper..
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the bumper looks great
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #27
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nice job. you just gave me some good ideas. Keep up the good work

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