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Hey guys,

I'm planning on getting a rear bumper this summer for the jeep (was looking at the HighRock rear bumper, i like that one), but noticed a while back that the previous owner did some fab work of his own to the rear... :banghead:

He had the rear bumperettes on it, but welded a bar between the two, connecting the bumperrettes. Then he welded a tow receiver on that bar and to the rear part of the frame, and welded some arms from the bumperettes to the sides of the frame. Now i guess this was his way of getting a strong, tow capable vehicle for cheap, but I HATE how it looks. It is ugly to me, and I was talking with my dad, and he thinks the easiest way to get rid of that would be to just cut that rear middle section off the frame (where the receiver is welded to) and to just weld in a new piece for the frame. and cut the arms off the sides of the frame and just grind those down.

I was wondering if you guys have had any experience with welding/cutting the frame and how it turned out for you guys. I'm at work now, but will post some pics of the rear when I get home tonight so you guys can see my dilemma.... makes me a little sad... :(

-Carlos
 

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I just ordered a new rear crossmember for mine. I paid about $80 for it. My old one was looking bad due to age. I am doing some frame work around the rear shackles and figured I might as well replace the entire crossmember.

If you are going to put a rear bumper over the crossmember it won't matter how it looks so much. I am planning on cutting my old crossmember off today. I will let you know how it goes. I will try and get some pics. Good luck.
 

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I just ordered a new rear crossmember for mine. I paid about $80 for it. My old one was looking bad due to age. I am doing some frame work around the rear shackles and figured I might as well replace the entire crossmember.

If you are going to put a rear bumper over the crossmember it won't matter how it looks so much. I am planning on cutting my old crossmember off today. I will let you know how it goes. I will try and get some pics. Good luck.
ok cool... so thats just a rear cross member that the rear bumper mounts to? i mean i know it's a part of the frame, but i was scared cutting it or something might hurt the integrity of the frame, but i guess not... also, where did you order that part from, if you dont mind me askin?
 

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ok here are some pictures... and no rust comments... haha i know its a little bad but i'm por-15-ing the frame this summer when the money comes in...

in the pictures, the first one is the "support beam" thats welded from the bumperette to the frame.

the second is the actual receiver part welded up to the rear crossmember

and the third is a picture of that L-beam that he welded between the bumperettes to the receiver and the support beams...
 

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oh... i found these crossmembers... one from 4wd that replaces the stock
http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=7878

and one from a-z fabrications that is supposed to be a "heavy duty" version
http://www.atozfabrication.com/catalog/jeepyjtjwranglerreplacementheavydutyrearcrossmember-p-149.html?zenid=731211321eb0d7d7ee5e11887ad57622

any reccomendations? I dont think i'll be doing too much HARDCORE wheeling while in college because this is my DD, but would like to be able to be able to be pulled out if stuck anywhere, and don't know how the stock one holds up. what do you guys think?

thanks
 

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thanks for all the input guys... haha. but i cant justify spendin 200 on that one from a-z, so maybe i'll just get the stock one and maybe something like these? these tie into the crossmember and frame right? i think theyre supposed to add strength?

http://www.atozfabrication.com/catalog/heavydutybumperframetieinbrackets-p-224.html?zenid=731211321eb0d7d7ee5e11887ad57622

they have the same thing at quadratec (https://www.quadratec.com/products/12066_900.htm) but says it only can be used with tj's. any advice?
 

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I have not seen those before. They would definately tie things together more. I might have to look into those too. I am interested if anyone else has input.
 

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I have those very same tie in brackets. They're made by rock hard 4x4. They also make a sweet bumper/tire carrier that telico should have shipped to me by the end of this week.
 

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also, they're only $40 on quadratec.
 

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I have those very same tie in brackets. They're made by rock hard 4x4. They also make a sweet bumper/tire carrier that telico should have shipped to me by the end of this week.
so they tie from the rear crossmember into the frame? (just want to make sure)

do you think they would work with a yj?
 

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they do just that, and they're available for CJ, YJ, or TJ
 

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