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TnDz TJ 05-28-2011 11:13 AM

Started on my bumpers- Front done
 
OK... I know... IM ALL STOCK!!! :redface: But I have to start somewhere!:thumb:

So I grabbed some .120 wall 2x6 stock and designed what I wanted for the front... light, but strong... and a bit of appeal with GOOD tow points....

After design and template for angles and dimensions.... here is the first few cuts....
http://www.wranglerforum.com/attachm.../bumper002.jpg

After massaging the metal into position... I tacked it all up....

http://www.wranglerforum.com/attachm.../bumper004.jpg

In this pic... I already have it completed and test-fit... Sorry I didn't snap any pics of the 1" tow points with 7/8" holes or the relief cuts on the ends where it angles back.

The real support of this bumper is the .25" 3x3 angle on top (makes the top a full 5") and the .25" 2x2 angle on the bottom which spans the width of the bumper. The tow points follow through the bumper and the 'strongback' and are fully welded inline with the inside framerail.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/attachm.../bumper005.jpg

And after I finished massaging the test fit... I cleaned it up nice and gave it a nice coating.....
http://www.wranglerforum.com/attachm.../bumper007.jpg
http://www.wranglerforum.com/attachm.../bumper006.jpg

Fabrication is SOOOO much fun!!!!


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WhiteSandsJeep 05-28-2011 11:17 AM

Looks great...nice fab work! :thumb:

jeepers29 05-28-2011 11:36 AM

Very nice!

dhamilton83 05-28-2011 11:48 AM

Looks good!

SirGeorgeKillian 05-28-2011 12:04 PM

Outstanding!

nick50471 05-28-2011 12:08 PM

Looks great. A little too wide for me though.

TnDz TJ 05-28-2011 01:52 PM

Thanks all!!! The rear I started on yesterday.....

Quote:

Originally Posted by nick50471 (Post 1266964)
Looks great. A little too wide for me though.


The pics are a bit deceiving on the width.... the ends are flush with the fenders... NOT with the flares...... since my TJ will be about a 75/25 split between DD and trails... I wanted a bit of fender protection..

I may redesign something a bit 'smaller' in the future... not sure yet....

95YamJam 05-28-2011 03:14 PM

Looks great! I just got my front one half finished. I went simpler than you did though but mine is .250 thick. :)

TnDz TJ 05-28-2011 03:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 95YamJam
Looks great! I just got my front one half finished. I went simpler than you did though but mine is .250 thick. :)

Cool! I was gonna go .250. But I figured I would save the weight for the 12.5k winch. 

Mortalis5509 05-28-2011 03:36 PM

That's a lot of winch for a Jeep.

TnDz TJ 05-28-2011 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mortalis5509 (Post 1267168)
That's a lot of winch for a Jeep.

I know.....:punk:

Mortalis5509 05-28-2011 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TnDz TJ (Post 1267200)
I know.....:punk:

lol....nice looking bumper btw

TnDz TJ 05-28-2011 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mortalis5509

lol....nice looking bumper btw

Lol! The way I see it... Go big or go home. Can't have too much winch.....can u?

94 yj 05-30-2011 01:56 PM

Very pretty. What did you paint it with? Nice design but still clean.

TnDz TJ 05-30-2011 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 94 yj (Post 1270043)
Very pretty. What did you paint it with? Nice design but still clean.

Thanks! That is EXACTLY what I was going for! Not over the top and VERY useful!

I am a FIRM believer in Plasti-Dip. Some won't go near it. I LOVE IT!!! If you do it right from start to finish... you cannot mess this up.

I used etching primer for starters. Then I used 220 wet sand, then primed again. Shot a good 2 coats of satin black. Let it dry for around 30 minutes. Then I put a good even coat of Plasti-Dip ( aerosol can) on the entire bumper. Let is sit for 30 more minutes. I then began to lightly dust the bumper about 5-6 times every 15-20 minutes to 'build' a slight texture.

Now its a satin/texture finish. If you are wondering about chipping... lol... I did my 07 Jetta Wolfsburg chrome grille 9 month ago and no chips with 7000 highway miles over Donner Pass from Reno to Sac through the winter. I just got back from Sac with the TJ and not a chip to be had.... just a few bug splatters.... speed limit all the way.... lol!!!:angel:

KKhamesi 06-18-2011 09:43 AM

it looks amazing where can i place my order for one?

TnDz TJ 06-23-2011 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KKhamesi (Post 1314744)
it looks amazing where can i place my order for one?


LOL!!! Sorry.... I can't start making parts for everyone.... I am honored that you would want one..... THANKS!!!


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