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Unread 07-30-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
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Homemade Winch Bumper

So I have always liked the look of the ARB winch bumpers for the XJ. Problem is, I could never justify spending $900 on a bumper

I started in Autocad and Google Sketchup and after about 932 revsions and tweaks I finally think I got a design I like:



On to cutting:




And throw in a few tack welds:







I'm pretty happy so far. My SmittyBilt winch is going to fit nicely and be totally hidden behind the bumper. Frame tie in plates and the winch tray will be made from 3/16. The bumper itself is 10 ga (.1345 thick). Probably throw a couple rectangular lights on it, paint it and call it good.

I'm just dreading all the finish grinding I have to do

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Unread 07-30-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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Saw this on NAXJA too...awsome job man! Lok foward to seeing the final product.
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Unread 07-30-2007, 02:10 PM   #3
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I'll take mine in black please.
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Unread 07-30-2007, 02:19 PM   #4
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Nice work, wish I knew how to weld..... Good luck with it. Post up some more pix when it is completed.
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Unread 07-30-2007, 02:22 PM   #5
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That's nothing compared to this



Just kidding. That is sweet. Where are the complete blueprints or diagrams of this. I'd love to make that. That's about exactly what I've been looking for!
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Unread 07-30-2007, 02:42 PM   #6
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I like it. Its simple and clean yet does everything it needs to. If you make any to sell, let me know.
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Unread 07-30-2007, 04:45 PM   #7
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What is that?
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Unread 07-30-2007, 04:46 PM   #8
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What is that?
The ENORMOUS bumper that WAS on my Jeep when I purchased it
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Unread 07-30-2007, 05:31 PM   #9
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you plan on welding some ribs in that right?

i would make a slit in the front panel and pass the frame tie in through the front.this way it welds in all the way around the inside then around the piece on the outside.then weld plate to each side of the piece that passed through the front.this will leave you a nice chunk to drill out for a tab.

thats how Terry from Rigid builds the tabs on his bumpers.

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the front
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Unread 07-30-2007, 11:24 PM   #10
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Nice pics wil - yeah I'm going to pass the frame brackets through and make shackle tabs on the front somewhere... I'll probably brace it up a bit too like that...

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Unread 07-30-2007, 11:26 PM   #11
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really good design, looks like the beginnings of a great winch bumper

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Unread 07-31-2007, 01:47 AM   #12
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that thing look GOOOOOD
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Unread 07-31-2007, 01:53 AM   #13
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i like man i think i might invest i a welder and save a couple hundred bucks in bumpers and shat
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Unread 07-31-2007, 02:52 AM   #14
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Wow looks pretty dang good... how much is that going to cost you?
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Unread 10-02-2007, 11:50 AM   #15
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Update:

Well i did some tube work this weekend and got all the frame tie ins welded up. I should be able to finish welding/grinding and paint next weekend...





I love my roof rack too. 21 feet of pipe up there :

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