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Unread 01-18-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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Here are some plans ZJ Winch Bumper

Here is a link to some plans that I found on Google Sketch up. ZJ - Jeep Grand Cherokee (93-98) Front Winch Bumper Plans by brad s - Google 3D Warehouse I used Google Sketch up pro, and exported them to an autocad file. Took them over to a local fab shop and they can water jet them for me for $100. Depending on prices in your area for steel and for the cutting service and your welding skills it could be an inexpensive DIY Bumper. I think I am going to grab a sheet of 3/16" plate and have them cut out. I will post with pics and updates should I pursue it, if any one else tries please do the same! These ARE NOT my plans, but he lists them as free to use.

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Unread 01-18-2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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Sweet find! Do you have to buy sketchup or is there a free download avalible somewhere?
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Unread 01-18-2010, 01:03 PM   #3
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Free download, and there is an 8-hour free trial of sketchup pro. So you can export the drawing to an autocad drawing (or whatever your local plasma/water cutter needs it to be in.) The standard free sketchup doesn't have the ability to export. Here is the link: Google SketchUp Just click on "downloads".

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Unread 01-18-2010, 01:26 PM   #4
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My uncle ownes a fab shop and he has a plasma table and breaks and all. I will get him to burn it out for me. Been wanting to build one anyways so this works out great. Thanks man!
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Unread 01-18-2010, 04:44 PM   #5
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Nice, How did you export to cad?
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Unread 01-18-2010, 04:58 PM   #6
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that bumper loks great.
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build thread:http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...ndard-1056365/
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Unread 01-18-2010, 07:52 PM   #7
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looks like the protofab/Kevins Off Road front winch bumper
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Unread 01-18-2010, 11:48 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting. That is exactly what I had in mind for my Zj.
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Unread 01-19-2010, 05:45 AM   #9
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92rslt1 Nice, How did you export to cad?
You simply download the 8 hour trial of Google SketchUp Pro 7. Go "File", "Export". Export it to a 3d DWG File and you're good to go. There are several other popular formats available as well. I installed the pro trial on a second computer and only use it for exporting/importing. Then I use Sketchup Free for all of the modifications and drawings.

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Unread 01-19-2010, 08:15 AM   #10
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This is GREAT, I'm heading out to the shop right now to see if our burn table is free
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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:38 AM   #11
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If anyone converts this to Autocad please let me know. I'm going to have the shop next door to us cut it on the water jet table.
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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:57 AM   #12
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I did the conversion to a .dxf and .dwg file. Just as stated about I downloaded the free version of Sketchup pro and exported it. I work at a machine shop/fab shop, but it will be a bit before I get the chance to have them cut out, i've got some other projects going at the moment. I forgot my usb drive thingy at work, so I won't get the file there to know if it works out until tommorow. I transfered it as 2d, and would recomend everyone try and d/l Sketchup pro, just so you can rotate it around and see the back and the construction of the bumper. I would be very interested if someone gets everything cut. I didn't look at it very close, not sure if you need multiples of some things or one of everything. Maybe check that out before you guys get a price (maybe you already have). Looks like a fun project, and all the hard work is done already!
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Unread 01-19-2010, 11:06 AM   #13
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looks familiar. If not similar to current offerings.

I converted the file CAD. I'm going to print them off on the plotter at work and play with a scaled down version of this bumper. No need to pay someone when I can see what it looks like in person. Just a little time with the razors and tape tonight after the boy goes down.
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Unread 01-19-2010, 12:04 PM   #14
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What an excellent idea, to try it out with a cardboard or paper model. Hell for that matter you could make it full size to trial fit it. That was one of my concerns with the plans, the question of how much research went into the measurements. I took rough measurements of my jeep and compared them to the drawing. Its pretty close, and I figured that I could make everything more precise as I welded it all together. It would be nice though to know for sure before hand of any problems or interference areas. Let us know how that goes, it will be interesting to find out.

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Unread 01-19-2010, 02:27 PM   #15
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I'm definitely going to grab some cardboard and do a mockup to see if it works, if it does I'm absolutely going to fab that up! Fantastic idea!
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