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Old 07-31-2014, 10:23 AM   #61
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Made some progress this week. Finished the stinger, putting the curve in it took forever, and got all of the mounting points fabricated and tacked in place. All I have to do is fully weld all of the mounts and weld the support bar in the back and I will be done for the most part. Going to add a few other things like a shock and a spring snd more but y'all won't get to see that until I'm done with the paper (; haha.
Going to get it powder coated after I'm done welding and cleaning everything up. Can't wait to see it done! In loving the way it looks so far.

More to come!
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:26 AM   #62
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Have to ask, what makes this stinger "Perfect" as opposed to what's already available on the market? That was your quest with this build, right?

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Old 07-31-2014, 01:27 PM   #63
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I have been following this thread since the beginning and wondered the same thing as Amalesh. What makes this perfect (in my mind) is the curved stinger. The bumper itself looks huge in the pictures but if the maximum attack angle is kept then I wouldn't complain. The bull bar was an interesting addition, perhaps a mounting point for lights? The lack of D-ring mounting points is disturbing, but I have faith they will appear!
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:35 PM   #64
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I have been following this thread since the beginning and wondered the same thing as Amalesh. What makes this perfect (in my mind) is the curved stinger. The bumper itself looks huge in the pictures but if the maximum attack angle is kept then I wouldn't complain. The bull bar was an interesting addition, perhaps a mounting point for lights? The lack of D-ring mounting points is disturbing, but I have faith they will appear!
Haha, believe me D-rings will appear, probably just mounted to the frame and hanging below but regardless, they'll be there. But the curve in the stinger no doubt helps, but the thing that really makes it perfect is that it adjusts as you come up to the incline ( can't tell you how that works yet because it's part of the paper) and I have done research on the best angles, materials, and such. This is more just theoretical than anything as it is for a paper but we'll see!

I appreciate the support! Everything will be included in a few weeks when I turn the paper in!
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:37 PM   #65
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Have to ask, what makes this stinger "Perfect" as opposed to what's already available on the market? That was your quest with this build, right?
Yes that is the build question but I can't tell you all of the details except for the fact that it's adjustable (; haha, in a few weeks I'll be able to tell al of the details
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:45 PM   #66
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I would love to read this paper on this magical ADJUSTING stinger bumper! Now I'm even more intrigued... adjustable front bumper. If a second one is built I volunteer as a test rig! LOL
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Will wait for it...hopefully once you publish your paper you can share the details. I am a mechanical / manufacturing engineer and this definitely has my curiosity built up.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:14 PM   #68
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Haha, believe me D-rings will appear, probably just mounted to the frame and hanging below but regardless, they'll be there. But the curve in the stinger no doubt helps, but the thing that really makes it perfect is that it adjusts as you come up to the incline ( can't tell you how that works yet because it's part of the paper) and I have done research on the best angles, materials, and such. This is more just theoretical than anything as it is for a paper but we'll see!

I appreciate the support! Everything will be included in a few weeks when I turn the paper in!

Just my $0.02 but id weld the D-rings to the bumper it self. Maybe angle them to complement the attack angle of the bumper. Just an opinion but the less stuff hanging from the bottom the better!
I like your enthusiasm and your work ethic. keep it up and remember:WE WILL BE WATCHING!!!!!!!
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Shocks haha, anyone recognize these? Got these from a motorcycle guy for free. Don't know much about them but wasn't sure if anyone else did. Need to know their capacity and if the pre-load is adjustable.
If anyone knows please help!
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Can't help you with the shocks but I see where this is going...:-)
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Sshhh! Don't tell anyone hahaha, but turns out those are dampers... I was pissed... But I got some better looking ones from an old street bike and work great!
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Sshhh! Don't tell anyone hahaha, but turns out those are dampers... I was pissed... But I got some better looking ones from an old street bike and work great!
Aren't shocks and dampers the same thing?
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From what I understand is that a damper is the opposite of a shock, it pulls instead of compresses. Regardless, these shocks or whatever you want to call them won't work... They move in the opposite direction, instead k got these for $30 for the pair! Can't complain even with the small bit of rust. Going to do some light sanding tomorrow and put a coat of wax on it to prevent rust until I can paint because it's already rusting...
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This is certainly an interesting project. I'm looking forward to it's completion. Nice work so far!
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:55 PM   #75
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This is certainly an interesting project. I'm looking forward to it's completion. Nice work so far!
I really appreciate it! I've been working hard and I'm really excited to see it come together too! Next big step is getting it painted! Going to get it powder coated but not sure the paint scheme just yet!
I'm open to any suggestions! Haha, I was thinking either a black or a dark silver but not sure yet!
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I really appreciate it! I've been working hard and I'm really excited to see it come together too! Next big step is getting it painted! Going to get it powder coated but not sure the paint scheme just yet!
I'm open to any suggestions! Haha, I was thinking either a black or a dark silver but not sure yet!
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I really appreciate it! I've been working hard and I'm really excited to see it come together too! Next big step is getting it painted! Going to get it powder coated but not sure the paint scheme just yet!
I'm open to any suggestions! Haha, I was thinking either a black or a dark silver but not sure yet!
you may want to rattle can spray it so you can do both colors and make a great decision.. then powder coat it as they will/should clean off all the old stuff prior to powdercoating..
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Black !!!!
I do like the black and believe I will be going with the black! Haha, but with the chrome shocks I am trying to figure of I just want it all black or what. Like I said, I am asking coffee man to photoshop it for me to get an idea of what it would like with different color schemes so I'll decide then!
I appreciate the input though!

Only major thing left to do on the bumper is to do A LOT of cleaning up by filling welds in, grinding them all down, and making sure everything is exactly how I want it... Tomorrow is going to be a long day... Baha
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Where I wheel that bumper would snag every rock on the trail.
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Where I wheel that bumper would snag every rock on the trail.
Not doubting it one bit! Haha, this thing is over engineered and is mostly just theoretical for the paper I'm writing! It will work in a PERFECT scenario, running directly into a rock shaped just right.
I don't wheel that much so it's hhst for the fun of building and hell I get the materials to build a bumper while getting a paper done! 2 birds with 1 stone! Haha
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:25 PM   #82
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What's it weigh?
Actually not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Maybe around 80-100 lbs. I can take it off and put it back on easily and I am about as scrawny as they come so that's saying something!! Haha
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well, the bumper does work! a little too well!! hahaha, i tried to go up this big wood chip pile near my house and make this just a quick, 2 or 3 minute trip to test the bumper. well, i got up it because of the bumper ( unable to get up before i started this project ) but when i got to the top all of the wood chips on the top were not compacted like that bottom and just fell over to the other side, the jeep went along with it... haha, i ended up on the top, bottomed out on my frame... haha, well after 3 hours of digging and tugging with a little stock grand cherokee and fear i had blew my axle i finally got towed off by a local wrecker shop... thankfully, no damage but what was supposed to be a 3 minute test turned into 3 hours... haha, glad to know my bumper works well though!

had to keep the stinger confidential haha
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Haha stuck on a wood chip pile. That's not something you hear everyday. Glad you made it out of that situation!
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Maybe after you finish the bumper paper you can do a winch paper. Then you wont need the wrecker maybe. lol
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Maybe after you finish the bumper paper you can do a winch paper. Then you wont need the wrecker maybe. lol
thats a good idea, i may just have to do that!! i have a winch but of course it wasn't installed... haha
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Going to pick the bumper up from powder coat tomorrow morning and hopefully have d ring mounts on it also!!! I'm so excited to see it finished and do all if the testing for the paper! haha, I was supposed to have it Friday but of course they messed it up... Water got under the paint and made this happen, along with several other spots like this and spots missing paint... But I may get d ring mounts out of it so I'm happy with that!!

Thanks everyone for the support! It's really helped keep me motivated and optimistic through this project, despite thinking it would not work. and I apologize for it being so anti climactic! Haha, within the next month or so it'll be a little better as I'll be able to post the paper and the whole process and everything! Going to do a full write up from the very beginning to the end!
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:49 PM   #89
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How is this coming along?
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How is this coming along?
the actual build of the bumper is done! but now i have the everlasting fight with the company that "powder coated" the bumper.
first time i took it in, as i posted, they allowed water to get under the paint in that on area i posted a picture of and they said they'd repaint it. well, thats exactly what they did. they literally took a can of rattle spray paint and painted the part that was messed up.. this made it worse, the paint is now chipping off there, and ALL over the bumper.... I'm there are probably 10+ spots larger than a quarter that are chipping paint... i am absolutely pissed. i beginning to think this is just a basic paint and not even a powder coat because of how its coming off and how thin it is...
and get this, they tried to blame it on ME! they said that there was something greasy all of the metal and it "seeped" into the metal, causing the paint to do that. It was wax, just like you put on a car... i was told by the iron workers to do that so it wouldnt rust and informed them of that when i gave it to them and they said it would be no issue...
i can not be any more pissed about this... i paid $150 for a shitty paint job and shitty customer service, not even a powder coat...

is there any way i can prove its paint rather than powder coat? because if its just paint then i can no doubt get my money back for it and get someone else to do it.

bumper works amazing though!! i"m so happy with it!! when it gets closer to turning the paper in i can post more pictures! but until then, its still a lot of waiting... lol

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