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Old 04-06-2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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Homemade bumpers?

Hey guys, deciding on wether or not to build front and rear bumpers. Anyone have any input about it?

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Old 04-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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More bends the better !? I wanna see where this goes.

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Old 04-06-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Do it!! Save yourself a ton of money and make it how you want it. Ill post up some pics of my almost done rear bumper and tire carrier tomorrow.
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personally, i like to build my own stuff. with that said, i have a rear bumper/tire carrier combo (smittybilt) that i got the "way too good to pass up deal" on.
my front bumper is all 1/4 inch, 1/4 inch (2x4) box tube, and 1/4 inch plate over the frame to make a winch plate.
its got 2 d-ring tabs (welded front and back) and tabs for my fair lead to mount to.
it's not done yet as i plan to add tubing to the front end to finish it off...
mine is a shorty (only as wide as the frame)
the winch plate/ top of bumper uses all the bumper bolts, and the bolts for the front swaybar to attach it to the jeep... i don't really worry about it going anywhere....
its plenty stout...
needless to say, don't pull out in front of me, you won't like it....
i will try to get a pic if you would like one...
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If I had the tools, skills, and materials to do it I would have made my own. I say go for it.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:22 PM   #6
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my homemade bumpers

I built my front and rear both for about $125. I made it with a 3x5x1/4. Had the granddaughter help out with it and had a blast working with her.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:25 PM   #7
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Front: 4x3x1/4" square tube with stock brush guard and D rings.


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Nothing special but rock solid and only $40 for both.

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AtoZ Fab heavy duty spare tire swing kit to be built and installed soon.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:09 AM   #8
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I say if you have the skills to do it yourself, do it. Otherwise buy them.
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I built mine too. If you have the tools then make them. I spent a little over $100 if I remember correctly and that is for the front and the rear. 3/16" tubing.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:51 AM   #11
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Love the fab's!! Those bumpers look great. I was thinking of just modifying my stocks, but I'd love to do a custom. I'm not a fabricator though, and could use some advise on finding raw stock. Where should I start my search?
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I built my front and rear both for about $125. I made it with a 3x5x1/4. Had the granddaughter help out with it and had a blast working with her.
Nice! I'd love to do the same w/ my boys. Those things look great, and my kids would be SO excited to help dad cut, weld, and grind. I just spent time w/ them this weekend under my Jeep pointing out all the parts, and what they do. They're eyes where like half dollars! They've already got the bug.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:35 PM   #13
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Here is the one im currently working on. Almost done, just need to finish the tire carrier. Sorry for the bad picture
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if i had the tools, skills, and materials to do it i would have made my own. I say go for it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #15
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All great fab work! Thanks for sharing. I'd sure build my own if I had the skills.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:12 PM   #16
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WOW! Great pic's guys I think I will save myself a dollar and just go for it! will keep you all posted on it.
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The way I look at it, the $1000+ I saved dyi paid for my mig welder.
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Just finished building mine last week. Took a Sunday afternoon. Used 4x4x.25 square tube for the bumper and 2x2x.25 for the swing out tire carrier. 1" cold rolled for the pivot. Holds the 33" tire well and swings easy. Used scrap so it cost me about $10.
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We have a couple of DIY options if you don't want to hassle with cutting metal and design:


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We have a couple of DIY options if you don't want to hassle with cutting metal and design:

JcrOffroad, Inc. TJ/YJ/CJ Front DIY Bumper

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Loving your kits! Very interested. Any bargains for Wrangler Forum folks????
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If I were to fab up another bumper, I'd darned sure make sure to not use 1/4" steel which is just too heavy, I'd go 3/16". Afterall, they aren't battering rams so 1/4" just isn't needed. The more weight our TJs carry, the worse they perform in off-road and on-road conditions. 3/16" is even what rocker guards are made from which usually receive far more use/abuse than our bumpers do.
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If I were to fab up another bumper, I'd darned sure make sure to not use 1/4" steel which is just too heavy, I'd go 3/16". Afterall, they aren't battering rams so 1/4" just isn't needed. The more weight our TJs carry, the worse they perform in off-road and on-road conditions. 3/16" is even what rocker guards are made from which usually receive far more use/abuse than our bumpers do.
I agree. 3/16 is really strong, and I feel that overkill not only adds unnecessary weight, but puts your frame at risk. What's going to give first?
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If I were to fab up another bumper, I'd darned sure make sure to not use 1/4" steel which is just too heavy, I'd go 3/16". Afterall, they aren't battering rams so 1/4" just isn't needed. The more weight our TJs carry, the worse they perform in off-road and on-road conditions. 3/16" is even what rocker guards are made from which usually receive far more use/abuse than our bumpers do.
Speaking of rocker guards, thanks for pointing me to A toZ fabrication! Those guards, and that company are awesome. Just a few more pennies in the jar, and those are on the way! Made in the USA, and built to last.
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look at what your stock bumper is made of. then you can start thinking on heavy you need to go when building a custom bumper.

If you are doing the tire swing away. then re-inforce it at the point.

If you are puting on tow hooks then go to frame mounts and re-inforce them.

Winch, well it has 1/4" plate you bolt to the frame no the bumper.

So save you some weight. we don't need to add a couple of hunder pounds to the vehicle jsut ot make it look studdly......
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look at what your stock bumper is made of. then you can start thinking on heavy you need to go when building a custom bumper.

If you are doing the tire swing away. then re-inforce it at the point.

If you are puting on tow hooks then go to frame mounts and re-inforce them.

Winch, well it has 1/4" plate you bolt to the frame no the bumper.

So save you some weight. we don't need to add a couple of hunder pounds to the vehicle jsut ot make it look studdly......
Nice point. Weight is huge. People forget that it's easier to scratch weight, than it is to build HP.
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there is some one on here that maid a really cool one.. kind of looks like a face
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I built mine out of 3/16 steel welded inside and out

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I didn't make the bumper, but I did modify everything to mount it on. Not as cool as some of yours but I like it.
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Nice point. Weight is huge. People forget that it's easier to scratch weight, than it is to build HP.
It also generally has more effect when you shed weight, over adding horsepower.
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Front: 4x3x1/4" square tube with stock brush guard and D rings.
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Rear: 4x4x1/4" square tube with 2" receiver and D rings.
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Nothing special but rock solid and only $40 for both.
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AtoZ Fab heavy duty spare tire swing kit to be built and installed soon.
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