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
98 SE XJ
RE 6130 w/ 3.5" springs
31x10.50 High Tec OTR Muds
Cragar 397 15x8 4" BS
Terra 2Lo, HD SYE, Bilstein 5150 & 5100s
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.
[B]-'94 Xj Country
6.5" Rough Country lift with bushwacker fender flares, 35" Maxxis Bighorn Tires, 15" Extreme black steel rims, Rancho steering stabilizer, 40 series Flowmaster Muffler, Custom 1/4" steel Front and rear bumpers with stinger on the front, 4 6.5ton D-Rings, 5' whip on the rear bumper, and a Warn 8,000lb winch on the front bumper, side rock sliders[/B]