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Old 01-06-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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Rear Bumper project

Wednesday a friend and i decided to make a rear bumper for my tj. we headed down to the metal yard to check out the scrap pile and got enough materials for two bumpers. we decided to make two and sell the second one or something. i'll try to get pics of the bumper as soon as i can.

heres a list of materials:
2"x4"x1/4" wall rectangular stock 55" long (can sub thinner material if you like but I like it beefy!)
approx 7" length of 2 1/2"x2 1/2"x1/4" wall stock for receiver (can sub a store bought receiver tube.. Northern has one for like $10)
approx 7" of 2 1/2"x1/4" thick flat stock for chain plate
approx 6" length of 3"x1/4" wall square stock (for mounting legs and receiver lip)
approx 18" of 3"x3/8" thick flat stock cut in half for the bumper mounting flanges
approx 18" of 2"x1/4" thick flat stock for bumper end caps
approx one foot of 2"x3/4" thick flat stock for clevis mounts
...and a bit of expanded metal to make a logo (we are dorks...but my friend has other stuff he can use the logo for.)

BTW we are both high school kids having fun playing with metal and a welder over our break.

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Old 01-06-2007, 11:55 AM   #2
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sooo if anyone is looking for a rear bumper with an integrated reciever hitch and two shackel mounts talk to me

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Old 01-06-2007, 01:48 PM   #3
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I'm interested in what it will look like Hopefully you will also make front bumper as well to match it
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:29 PM   #4
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i dont see why not. it was a pretty easy process its just time consuming.
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:27 PM   #5
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After we broke down the cost of labor and materials and the like we are lookin to get $300~ for the bumper. If anyone is still interested send me a pm.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:31 PM   #6
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Can you post some pictures of it?
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:21 PM   #7
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x2...pics
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:24 PM   #8
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I'm kidding, but seriously, it would help a bit
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:55 AM   #9
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i will get some up today, when i get mine mounted and everything. sry for the wait
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:32 PM   #10
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Here is mine mounted on my tj. the other one is identical. enjoy!











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Old 01-07-2007, 09:41 PM   #11
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Impressive! Really nice job. How long did it take you to make it?
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Old 01-07-2007, 09:46 PM   #12
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2 days workin for both. i worked 10 hours total and my friend worked like 15 (thats per bumper). sooo i guess 20 and 30 hours. the cleaning and grinding metal took up most of the time. next time i think we will get the shackel mounts made instead of making them from scratch. we used an acetelyne(sp?) torch to cut them out and it was ROUGH so grinding took forever.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:00 PM   #13
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V7sport73 does your wife need a bumper?

ps - i just saw yall's jeeps in the pic thread
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V7sport73 does your wife need a bumper?

ps - i just saw yall's jeeps in the pic thread
She doesn't want me touching her Jeep. That is why I bought my own. How much are you guys asking for it?
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just got some more pics of the bumper actually for sale.











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You are looking like quite the entrepreneur. Here is a little thought. Build the bumpers to more or less the same design but advertise them as remote air tanks. Make sure they are sealed and put the air inlets in a save place. Perhaps drilling the rear bumper on the Jeep for the air inlet. I don’t know of anyone else selling bumpers specifically as remote air tanks. Next time on your Shackle mounts just use a chop saw. You’ll get a very nice clean cut with little or no grinding necessary.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:41 PM   #17
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we were just talking about making an air tank bumper. lol. we were thinking about using a chop saw but ours wasnt capable of the angles on the steel. we came up with $300~ based on labor and materials.
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nice job guys looks great!! i built my own bumpers to they are very time consuming!
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Nice Job! Looks bomb proof!
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looks sweet. very nice.
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:56 AM   #21
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Great job! If you keep it up, you'll have a small business to help pay for your jeep addiction.
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Thats what i'm thinking. Its great being a high school kid. There are a lot of kids who "offroad" and "need" bumpers and such. ive gotten a lot of people asking what we can make. word of mouth in a high school is awesome.
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Very nice job. Welding can be a good hobby in its self.

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Very nice job. Welding can be a good hobby in its self.

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Too bad it ruins your eyes though. I know a person that welds for living and he cant see anything. His glasses are bigger than the hubble telescope out there.
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If I had $300 it would be sold
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Too bad it ruins your eyes though. I know a person that welds for living and he cant see anything. His glasses are bigger than the hubble telescope out there.
i know a guy that owns a welding shop and he sees fine.

of course he may not do a lot of welding...he probably pays his guys to do it...but he makes a butt load of money!!!
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i just sold it this weekend but i think we are gonna make other stuff too. i want to try a roof rack. im gonna make a receiver hitch rack and we've already made a cargo rack that goes in place of the rear seat.
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of course he may not do a lot of welding...he probably pays his guys to do it...but he makes a butt load of money!!!
Tell me about it.. welding is quite a good business. If i'm thinking right welding was around 70k a year if not more. If you are the boss you easily can get over 100k on a good year. I am in high school so we get bunch of junk telling us how much you can make a year for whatever businesses out there.
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Tell me about it.. welding is quite a good business. If i'm thinking right welding was around 70k a year if not more. If you are the boss you easily can get over 100k on a good year. I am in high school so we get bunch of junk telling us how much you can make a year for whatever businesses out there.
I'll tell ya now this guy makes WAY over 100K. Or either he just saves his money really well. He had a GMC envoy that was fairly new but he decided he didn't care for it so he went out and bought a $54,000 lexus. He doesn't have kids...just his wife but he is giving money all the time.
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Dynamite with a laserbeam...nice work guys!

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