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1989yj4.2 02-20-2013 10:02 AM

Which steel should I use for my winch bumper base?
 
My choices are 3/8" military grade steel or 1/2" mild steel...

1989yj4.2 02-20-2013 10:05 AM

The 3/8 is $4 cheaper a foot than the 1/2...

ob269 02-20-2013 11:22 AM

Most bumpers are 3/16ths to 1/4.. I think 3/8ths would be about perfect..

TXST8tj 02-20-2013 12:15 PM

Neither.

No more than 1/4" is necessary. 3/8" will kill your front end and weigh a ton.

The winch plate portion should be 1/4". The rest of it can be 3/16" if desired, and still be plenty strong.

Alan schaedler 02-20-2013 04:04 PM

1/4 inch worked great for both the bumper and the winch plate strong yet not overkill


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