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Old 07-04-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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New front bumper questions

So I just finished my rear bumper and now it is on to the front bumper. Right now I do not have the money for a Warn winch, but should by the Fall. I want to make a bumper that will be able to work with my winch that I will put on later. I am going to keep the stock sway bar so that must stay, but I do not know how far forward I need my bumper, which will be made out of 3/16" 2"x4" tubing. I have the brackets shown and it looks like distance between the red line and blue line is about 6". Do I need to move the front bumper out farther and if so how much? I would like the bumper to protect my future winch. I know this is a pretty specific request so thanks for the pictures and measurements.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-04-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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What I did was use 2x6 with .120 wall cut like so...


Used a few clamps and tacked it up like so....


notched the ends and swooped them back a bit....

Now the mounting I decides was .25 wall angle iron.... 3x3 on top and 2x2 on bottom. 'finger-joined across the back of the bumper for strength leaving 1/2" gap in fingers for welding.

The final product....

And finished in Plasti-Dip



Any winch plate should work.... I am going with a raised one.... maybe that will change if I go with the antirock swaybar.....

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Old 07-05-2011, 12:18 AM   #3
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^^ great looking bumper. Love that you did it yourself. I know NOTHING about welding. You should start selling those. Looks awesome. I would buy one from you...
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:14 AM   #4
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Thanks! I would like to... but I would lose my quality time with the wife/family as all my time would be spent in the garage..... been there, done that.

Don't think this hasn't crossed my mind more than a few times.....
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