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Old 07-17-2012, 07:13 AM   #1
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Custom front bumper fab questions....

Hi, I have a design in mind for a custom fromt bumper, have some basic questions. What should I use for steel ? 3/16 or 1/4 ? does it have to be DOT approved/inspected ? what kind of support does it need ? Im new to Jeeps, new to fabbing. If anyone could offer help and advise I would appreciate it. Thanks

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Show us your design and we can probably help you with what size of plate steel needs to go where, and what location of bracing you will need.

If you are planning to mount a winch, that portion will need to be 1/4" plate. A lot of people will build the rest out of 3/16" to save on weight, but it is still plenty strong.

I am building one for my TJ along a simple design that uses all 1/4" plate. I will add some bracing under the top portion to add support for a winch. Even with 1/4" plate, it is a good idea.


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Show us your design and we can probably help you with what size of plate steel needs to go where, and what location of bracing you will need.

If you are planning to mount a winch, that portion will need to be 1/4" plate. A lot of people will build the rest out of 3/16" to save on weight, but it is still plenty strong.

I am building one for my TJ along a simple design that uses all 1/4" plate. I will add some bracing under the top portion to add support for a winch. Even with 1/4" plate, it is a good idea.

I like the look of this one
JK Recovery Bumpers & Winch Plate
I have a TJ, i know its on a JK, but I like the look. Maybe make a few modifications.
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You might be able to get some fabrication ideas from this guy's build:
Started my winch bumper - JeepForum.com

It is along a similar full-width idea. You can see a lot of how he went about putting the whole thing together.

With something like that.....cardboard is your friend!
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