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Unread 05-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Custom front bumpers

Hey fellow zj owners so next weekend I was going to the scrap yard and I was going to get some metal to make myself a custom front bumper I just wanted to see a few pics of other people's projects and get there opinions also I wanted to know the difficulty of it and how much it would cost in metal I have a welder and have a pipe bender thank you in advanced - David

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Unread 05-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Google may help ya

In all seriousness though, I wish I had the tools and skills to make a bumper. I really like the look of some of those tube bumpers out there.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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Do you have a coper too? Then you can really make some cool stuff. My build has my bumper in it. I made it and it came out ok. Just make sure its solid if you decide to put a winch on it. If I did one again id use more plate and less tubing like I used in my last one
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Unread 05-13-2013, 04:38 AM   #4
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No I don't have a coper but how much did it cost you and can you post a few pics please and what was the difficulty of it?
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Material was easily under 100$ it took two days. It wasnt too hard its one of those things that just takes some time and a trial and error approach. Tack it first.
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I cant load pics here anymore really JF is ****in with me.. I have more in my build. I like mine but I think it looks a might big personally. I hope it helps though man, for pics check the build thread, but ill try to help answer questions if I can.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 08:46 AM   #7
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Thanks man how does it hold up have you been pulled out by it yet if so how did it hold up? And any tips on it what kind of wielder did you use cause all I have is a 120 will that be able to weld that metal?
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220 is preferred. Just make sure you really burn in your welds. I had my first bumper on an old jeep and tboned a dude goin like 45. It was the same design. It DESTROYED his car. My jeep too but that bumper saved my ***. It held together VERY well. Ive winched from it too and had zero issues with it. I have a lincoln 155. Its a small 220v welder. Love it.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 10:10 AM   #9
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What gage thickness is that steel that you used?
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I used 1/4" for most of it. some non structural pieces were thinner, i Believe my winch mount plate was at least 1/4" if not 5/16"
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Man that sucks I can't use a 120 then I would have to use a 220 how did you cut out those holes in your rebar did you use a die grinder? To connect the bumper to the frame I mean what did you use to paint it?
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rebar..?

I used a drill for all my holes and a grinder and band saw for all my cuts.

I primed it and used bedliner
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Unread 05-14-2013, 09:26 AM   #13
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The bar behind the bumper cover I just wanted to know how you connected your metal bumper to that
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Unread 05-14-2013, 09:55 AM   #14
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The bar behind the bumper cover I just wanted to know how you connected your metal bumper to that
You don't connect anything to that. You tie it into the frame rails with plates and bolts.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 10:59 AM   #15
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Oh ok thanks guys for all your help I wonder how I'm going to make this work with only a 120v wielder hahah
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