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DKDKGUS 04-05-2011 08:53 PM

Just testing the waters...
 
Hey all. I keep forgetting there is a Utah forum on here ;)
I made a crawler style rear bumper slowly over a few weeks and once it was finished, have been told by more than a couple of people I should make more to sell. I've always been a budget minded person and have a fairly good imagination, and my fabrication skills are up snuff. My question is, what is a good price point for a crawler style rear bumper? Just the basic bumper, mind you. I have plans for adding upgrade items to them such as a receiver (with chain tabs), D-rings, aux back-up/off-road lights, etc. and know what to charge for them. I've seen plenty of modified and catalog bumpers but I can't figure out why they charge so much for them, when I know what it cost in material and time to make mine. A few companies have a little bit more of a mark-up just because of the names. A few others make a good looking product on paper, but in reality, they are not strong enough to cruise the mall. So, bounce your honest thoughts and any related experiences my way. And if any of you are looking for a custom rear bumper, let me know. I'll make a good deal for you :)

stanger04 04-05-2011 09:16 PM

Lets see some pics, don't tease now,lol.

DKDKGUS 04-05-2011 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by stanger04
Lets see some pics, don't tease now,lol.

I haven't got a pic of the finished (painted) bumper on my phone, but here are a couple before I rattle canned it.

stanger04 04-05-2011 10:17 PM

Have to admit it looks solid great job. I would actually buy something like that but I love my bumperettes, just remind me of the old CJ thing. Has a nice crawler look to it and again great job.

DKDKGUS 04-05-2011 10:33 PM

Thanks for the praise. :)

DerekM 04-06-2011 10:41 AM

I think it looks good. I searched locally for months before I found my rear bumper for a decent price. All the fabricated ones were like $200-$300 for a basic design. I think that's steep. I ended up just buying a used manufactured bumper. I think you could make money doing it.

Peepers 04-06-2011 10:48 AM

If your going to try selling these, your going to have to keep in mind: cost of the steel, cost of welding supplies (gas and wire), electricity usage, grinding and cutting wheels, paint if your going to finish it. Then after all that, how much has your time been worth. If you only make $50-100 and it took you 2-3 weeks to build is it really worth it?

And I like the Busted Knuckle stool. I have a ton of their ceramic and tin signs at home.

KRAMMIT 04-06-2011 10:24 PM

how about a front bumper? I wanna see what you can come up with, preferably stubby.

DKDKGUS 04-06-2011 11:30 PM

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Originally Posted by DerekM
I think it looks good. I think you could make money doing it.

Thanks. I have no desire to do it for a living just yet, just to have something to do in my spare time that can make a few bucks.

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Originally Posted by Peepers
If your going to try selling these, your going to have to keep in mind: cost of the steel, cost of welding supplies (gas and wire), electricity usage, grinding and cutting wheels, paint if your going to finish it. Then after all that, how much has your time been worth. If you only make $50-100 and it took you 2-3 weeks to build is it really worth it?

And I like the Busted Knuckle stool. I have a ton of their ceramic and tin signs at home.

I've figured out my total time for fabrication on this one was 6-7 hours (even though it was done over a span of 3 weeks). I didn't work on it 24/7. A few minutes here and there kind of thing. Having a plasma cutter at my disposal was a big advantage. That time even includes a few steps I hadn't anticipated.

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Originally Posted by KRAMMIT
how about a front bumper? I wanna see what you can come up with, preferably stubby.

I've begun a few drawings for my buddy's TJ. It's a mix of sorts. He wants a recessed winch mount with integrated fairleads, flush mount aux lights, D-rings, etc. We picked the look of one bumper , added a feature from another, changed this or that for function. It looks great on paper :-) Hopefully that will translate well with the finished product.


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