I then started on the rear bumper section.
I wanted to build the bumper recessed in far enough to allow the tailgate to swing down and hang without tagging anything but after building the mounts and mocking everything up I realized this won't offer as much protection if I end up grinding the rear end of the trailer into the ground or off a rock and won't do anything if I back it into something solid. I'm going to keep the main tube set in but I'll bend up a tube to extend back and down to protect the back and tail lights.
Here is what I have to work with for the bumper. The frame inner diameter is 2.5 so that's what I chose to build the bumper out of.
Tube had to be notched to extend in a little further.
I went overkill with some 2.5x2.5 3/16 wall.
I haven't totally decided how far I want the bumper to stick out width-wise, my two best ideas were closer to flush with the edge of the bed or flush with the tailgate. I think I may go all the way out for added coverage. I may also add a hoop/slider going from the bumper to the rear of the fenderwell along the rear corner.
My MaxCoupler arrived today so I took a break from the rear to get the hitch rigged up while I wait on my taillights.
The 'tongue' in these two pics was just for mock up.
I set the rear cross tube as far back as I could without interfering with the gas tank. I have 17" of separation between the two crossmembers which gives me up to 51" of tongue length total. I went with 45" long and the tongue is 2.53x2.53 .250 wall 'receiver' tube from a local steel supplier, I paid for 6ft and ended up with about 8" more so I'll have some spare tube for other stuff.
I am going to add some gussets to the overall front structure and make a shelf to hold a lockable tote, firewood or a cooler and some propane probably.
I don't know why but I found the 'Brophy' logo funny. It will be replaced with whatever gives me a level trailer after the lift/tires are figured out.
And here it is hooked up. I measured both jeeps to see how far from the centerline of the hitch ball to the corner of the jeep to see how long the tongue would need to be to jack-knife 90* without touching. 36" is about how long it needs minimum.
Still needs some safety chains added and I need to figure out what I want for a tongue jack etc. Taillights will be here tomorrow
17" RED LED SEALED TRAILER STOP, TAIL, AND TURN RED LIGHT BAR
Still need to decide on what I'm going to do with the axle so I can get the 33s on it.
These are the 33s on a 16" rim that were on my XJ, bolt pattern 5x4.5