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Unread 08-30-2014, 05:39 AM   #46
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But tj bumpersare made as thick as a tin can. My jeep came with one and I couldn't do anything with it because it was so flimsy. I bought a used stock bumper and am running that.

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Unread 08-30-2014, 08:04 AM   #47
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"tanks"

Wait till you see where I put my ax --
I'm already considering using your tab-through-shovel-head idea (though not on the front - my pass-through tube is blocked by the bumper mount)... so please do PM me if you post your ax idea somewhere else - or I guess just put it in this thread
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Unread 08-30-2014, 09:19 AM   #48
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Mine are chopped to the frame. Nice and thin.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 10:32 AM   #49
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JeeperDon do you any more pics of your bumper ?
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Unread 08-30-2014, 12:59 PM   #50
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I'm already considering using your tab-through-shovel-head idea (though not on the front - my pass-through tube is blocked by the bumper mount)... so please do PM me if you post your ax idea somewhere else - or I guess just put it in this thread
I might bolt it to the side over the rear tire or finding a TJ rear bumper --- make it a air tank and mount it on the face or on top - maybe / kinda / sort-of
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Unread 08-30-2014, 03:19 PM   #51
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JeeperDon do you any more pics of your bumper ?
Here you go... The main plates making the box are 1/4" stock. The wings are 1"x3" 3/16" stock.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 03:58 PM   #52
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I like the idea of painting the tow hooks yellow. You can get hurt on those things, and having them stand out from the bumper is a good thing. Looks pretty good too.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 05:23 PM   #53
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Thanks for all the responses & ideas. I think I'll chop it to about 54" & run it that way for awhile. If I like it I'll cap off the ends & paint everything. I would consider changing the bumper, but the bumper, frame, and winch plate, which was built using 1/2" plate steel, and are all welded together pretty solid and cutting it all off just isn't worth it.
On my last jeep I had replaced both bumpers with tube bumpers I had bought from Quadratec. I don't remember the brand but they were junk. 2 winters and both had rusted through. This thing is so heavy it would take 40 years to rust through.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 07:09 PM   #54
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I like the idea of painting the tow hooks yellow. You can get hurt on those things, and having them stand out from the bumper is a good thing. Looks pretty good too.
I think I found my next welding project! This is the rear bumper, have had it since 1998. It looks innocent enough when driving behind the Jeep, but at this photo angle I'm suddenly amazed it hasn't been a problem on the trail.

Since the Jeep is pretty tall, when working in the rear cargo area I have to straddle it. The hook pointing up has grabbed the crotch of my pants a few times, can be scary (especially when as you get older your pair of guy parts tend to hang down further).
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Unread 09-01-2014, 11:12 AM   #55
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Here are some before and after pictures. I cut 10" off each side of the bumper leaving it at 50". Now all that's left is to cap off the ends and then I can unbolt the winch and paint everything.

I also included a few pictures f the winch mounting plate and you can see why I don't want to try cutting it all off to put a different bumper on. I don't like the way the tow hooks look like theyre crowded by the gussets but I think I'll have to live with that.

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Unread 09-01-2014, 01:55 PM   #56
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I don't like the way the tow hooks look like theyre crowded by the gussets but I think I'll have to live with that.
That big front face with the fairlead doesn't really do much on those outer edges. You could remove a couple inches off both ends of the face and not hurt any capability or strength.
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Unread 09-01-2014, 03:58 PM   #57
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That big front face with the fairlead doesn't really do much on those outer edges. You could remove a couple inches off both ends of the face and not hurt any capability or strength.
I could cut about 3" off the drivers side but only about 1" off the passenger side. Awful lot of work to do it though, both the gusset and face are welded solid on both sides and it's 1/2" thick steel so I think I'll just leave well enough alone. It's bigger than it needs to be but theres enough room between the gusset and the hook to easily get a chain in there if need be so I can live with it. Maybe once I get the ends of the bumper capped and painted it won't bother me so much.

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Unread 09-01-2014, 07:42 PM   #58
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I like to weld, so if it was me, I'd strip the whole thing down and start over. It's your Jeep, not the PO's any longer. As is, it's like buying a house and not painting over the old owners ugly colors.
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Unread 09-02-2014, 12:08 AM   #59
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I kind of liked the looks of it when it was super wide. Made it look unique! Like you do a lot of ramming!
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Unread 09-02-2014, 10:50 AM   #60
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I like to weld, so if it was me, I'd strip the whole thing down and start over. It's your Jeep, not the PO's any longer. As is, it's like buying a house and not painting over the old owners ugly colors.
Its a project I may consider when I have more free time but for right now with the hours I'm working, and bow hunting season almost upon us, I'm not going to be having much of that. I still have a list of other thing that need to be done before before I start heading up north every weekend to try to stick bullwinkle.
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