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cru9 08-10-2010 06:43 PM

TJ Factory Front Bumper
 
Has anybody cut their factory bumper? What did you use? I want to make mine shorter.

DevilDogDoc 08-10-2010 06:49 PM

Sawzall worked for me

cru9 08-10-2010 06:51 PM

Sawzall
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DevilDogDoc (Post 719356)
Sawzall worked for me

Were you able to get is straight with a sawzall?

TjTheo 08-10-2010 06:52 PM

You could allways sand it down if it's not perfect.

03 RUBI 08-10-2010 06:56 PM

^^^^^^^^^ May want to use a file or grinder, as steel gets a little tough on sandpaper.

HeaveToo 08-10-2010 07:04 PM

You could use a sawzaw or a dremel. Tape the place you want to cut and draw a line over the tape. Then cut down the line (the middle of the tape). That should keep you straight. Then use a grinder attachment to round out the edges.

You will probably want to touch up to avoid rust.

DevilDogDoc 08-10-2010 07:11 PM

Pretty straight...

http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Nicole027.jpg

cru9 08-10-2010 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DevilDogDoc (Post 719379)

That looks good. I like those front turn signals. I want to change out my front fenders. How do you like that brand?

DevilDogDoc 08-10-2010 07:28 PM

Love them!!! I got those lites from them too, and the little ones on the side. They don't have them up on the page but if you email them they can hook you up.

DevilDogDoc 08-10-2010 07:32 PM

And i can stuff my 285's all up in them!!!

http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/a...no28/flex3.jpg

KBR97 08-10-2010 07:34 PM

I cut mine pretty much the same design as devil dog...used a sawzall too.

number 1....dont cut at full 100% power, nice and easy
number 2....use a fine tooth metal blade
number 3...like said above, mark with tape
number 4...use a file to smooth out the rough edges and any imperfections\

jeepjones 08-10-2010 07:37 PM

Use an angle grinder with a cutting disc, it will be a whole lot faster and cleaner than any sawzall.

DevilDogDoc 08-10-2010 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepjones (Post 719421)
Use an angle grinder with a cutting disc, it will be a whole lot faster and cleaner than any sawzall.

This is true but I had no discs that day and new blades......

cavediverjc 08-10-2010 08:18 PM

I used a Sawzall, then cleaned up the edges with a grinder. I welded 16 freakin' holes shut on the bumper (don't know why Jeep swiss-cheeses their front bumpers), smoothed them then painted the bumper. I ran this modded stock bumper for almost 3 years without any issues. In fact, I destroyed a new Mustang convertible in a head-on collision with NO damage to the bumper or the Jeep. :D

Here's some pics of the progress.....

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...andallhole.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...dsweregrou.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ding16hole.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...afterpaint.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ddedbumper.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ddedbumper.jpg

My Jeep doesn't look like this anymore. It's evolved quite a bit since these photos were taken, but you get the point.

cru9 08-10-2010 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cavediverjc (Post 719470)
I used a Sawzall, then cleaned up the edges with a grinder. I welded 16 freakin' holes shut on the bumper (don't know why Jeep swiss-cheeses their front bumpers), smoothed them then painted the bumper. I ran this modded stock bumper for almost 3 years without any issues. In fact, I destroyed a new Mustang convertible in a head-on collision with NO damage to the bumper or the Jeep. :D

Here's some pics of the progress.....

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...andallhole.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...dsweregrou.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ding16hole.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...afterpaint.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ddedbumper.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ddedbumper.jpg

My Jeep doesn't look like this anymore. It's evolved quite a bit since these photos were taken, but you get the point.



Nice job wish you lived in North Georgia. I would have you do some welding for me.

cavediverjc 08-10-2010 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cru9 (Post 719487)
Nice job wish you lived in North Georgia. I would have you do some welding for me.

I no longer have access to a welder. :banghead:

Most of my welding experience is sheetmetal work from when I worked in a bodyshop. I haven't really done any major structural welding. I'd like to learn by building a rollcage for my rig. I'm going to see if I can get a local race shop to do most of the work, but let me try my hand at it.

Thanks for the compliment!


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