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Old 08-04-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Custom Rims and Bumper *pics*

Guys take a look at what i did this weekend. Took a grinder and cutoff wheel to the bumper. Installed some lights and painted my sock rims. The rims will look better in two weeks when i get my 31 bfg mts on them, but i think they look pretty good. Tell me what you think.

Original without the milkjugs.


After cutoff wheel and welding holes shut.


After paint and lights working.


Rims original with stock tires.



After sanding and primeing.


Done. Puting 31 in. Bfg Mts on and rusty's 2 in suspension lift on in two weeks.

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Old 08-04-2007, 08:32 PM   #2
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I think it looks great, good work!

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Old 08-04-2007, 08:41 PM   #3
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What paint did you use on those rims?

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Old 08-04-2007, 08:43 PM   #4
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automotive paint. I primed them with self etching primer and put on two coats of clear.
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Love that bumper i'd move the lights a bit closer to the middle next on the list i'd guess is D rings
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Yeah i was trying to figure out what would be the best thing to do for recovery on the front. My rear bumper has d rings so i was thinking some on the front. Any other ideas?
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here are some pics of similars





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I've seen d rings for sale around here. But where do you get the bracket that you weld to the bumper? I've tried to find some on the internet, but don't really know what they're called.
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Poison Spyder customs has them on their site for $30

AtoZfabrication has the through the bumper kind $18

and they have the surface weld kind for $23

i know others have them, but these two were on the top of my head. AtoZfabrication.com has alot of cool DIY bumper fab stuff on their site as well.
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Are these rings better than the hooks that bolt to the top of the bumper?
And which one of those brackets is the best?
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Are these rings better than the hooks that bolt to the top of the bumper?
Well, It really depends if the welder did a good job, And how how thick the metal is.

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And which one of those brackets is the best?
I would use this one, looks thicker and stronger.



Stick to the triangle shapes, they just tend to be stronger. Always be careful about side pulling anything tho.

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WOW! love the way the rims turned out, bumper also. Good work.
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thanks can't wait to put my tires on.
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Man, those damn wheels came out awesome. Did you do any knid of sanding at all on them before you painted them? I've always thought about doing that to my aftermarket rims.
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Yeah i used 400 grit sandpaper, then primed the whole thing. Then sanded the primer with 1500 grit. I used automotive paint, but i don't think that the spray canned paint and clear would look too bad.
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Cool. I've been needing to take my tires off the rim and smooth them out from the rock rash. Would you suggest a different approach with chrome rims vs. the stock?
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Cool. I've been needing to take my tires off the rim and smooth them out from the rock rash. Would you suggest a different approach with chrome rims vs. the stock?
From what iv read, you dont paint chrome rims unless you can have them stripped then painted.

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if they were crome, i would leave some edge or somthing chrome just for looks. But as for technique sand them by hand real good with 80 grit sandpaper. Make sure the finish is good and dull. Any shiny spots will peel. Then go to an automotive paint supply store and get self etching primer. I use a brand that comes in a spray can. Prime the whole with three coats. When dry sand with 400 grit. Prime with two more coats, then sand with 1500 grit. Run your hand over the whole thing to make sure it's sanded smooth. Then paint. If you want to leave some crome just make sure you mask it off well. Oh, and before you prime it make sure you clean it well with a wax and grease remover. If you have any more questions let me know.
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From what iv read, you dont paint chrome rims unless you can have them stripped then painted.
I wouldn't think you would have a problem as long as it's sanded well. I've painted some other smaller chrome pieces without any problems. But i could be wrong, my dad owns a body shop i'll ask him tommorrow about the durability of painted chrome.
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I wouldn't think you would have a problem as long as it's sanded well. I've painted some other smaller chrome pieces without any problems. But i could be wrong, my dad owns a body shop i'll ask him tommorrow about the durability of painted chrome.
Yea, I'v looked around and did some reading. Some say you should have it stripped some say have it sanded real well like you said.

But I agree, You would think as long as its sanded well it should stick.

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bumper & rims look good - nice job!
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I just looked it up. Some other guys said you should strip the wheels. Some others said lightly sandblasting would do the job. But the common thing they all said was to use etching primer like i did because it accually eats into the metal. Hope that helps.

and thanks to all for the complements.
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looks great, how long did it take you to trim the bumper, i'v been wanting to do something like that for a while.
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That looks awesome liquid! Great work. You've got some talent there.
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wow man..talk about giving new life to some older wheels! good looking job
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looks great, how long did it take you to trim the bumper, i'v been wanting to do something like that for a while.
It took a half day to trim it up. Then one whole day to install the lights, Paint the bumper, and to paint the rims. Installing the lights was the hardest for me. Wires wern't long enough and i'm not much of an electrician. lol
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looks real good, especially the rims!!
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Nice looking wheels, fantastic job.
I would be careful welding on brakets for D-Rings..make sure you go thru the whole bumper and weld front and back. Saw a bumper that some just welded on some tabs, put some d-rings on and then tried to tow with it. There is nothing funny about a D-Ring flying thur a windshield at 45 MPH. Just use some caution.

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make sure the d-rings are welded onto the frame throught the bumper...the stock bumper is way to thin to be able to tow from
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Yeah, the rims and bumper look great! I'm with Tazmann though, go through the entire bumper for the D-ring loops. Otherwise you might just rip them off. Not fun, and you'll still be stuck

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