That bumper does look well designed, but I chopped alot of stuff out under the rear taillights AND have the gas tank raised which really change the lines of the bumper so I can't apply alot of the stuff from that bumper =/. My bumper is going to be probably half as tall as his, isn't going to bee hanging down much AT ALL (about 4" below bottom of tailgate)
Alright took another look today, and decided things would be much simpler if I chopped up to the floorboards instead of trying to cut all those angles. I'm much happier with the cutting, and its making my mounting solutions easier on me.
I put the gas tank skid up to check clearance back there. Its also nice because the bottom of the frame rails are in the same plane as that sheetmetal still hanging off the back, I am literally gunan end up with my mounts going straight back off the framerails into the bottom plate of the bumper.
And now I'm thinking about cutting all of that sheetmetal out that I can, I can gain alot of space in here for storage if I bring the inside of the bumper as close to the gas tank as I can. Yeah, I still want to do a storage bumper, we will see if I can pull it off clean or not.
Alright got some plate and started the fab...here are some pics for ya guys.
1/4" plate on the bottom and outside of frame rails.
It will use all the bolts that the hitch and gas tank use. It may be a PITA to install as it and the gas tank have to go at the same time but oh well.
I got my bends started on the rear peice...
And the potential storage area.
It will end up with a little less than this
finish welding the frame rail "L"s.
I got pissed at my welder. I cleaned it all up with a wire wheel on the grinder, welded most of it up then the last 2-3 welds all got bad porosity...I cant figure out why. With the first one I thought it was because of wind so I shut my work area up, then the next one did it as well. I can hear and feel the gas coming out of the nozzle, and I cranked the output up to like 27cfh with no change. This has happened once before and went away on its own. I'm running a miller 180, 220v with .025 wire (I know a little thin for heavy metal like this.) and co2/argon mix.
I had to extend my L's, I didn't like how close the bumper was to the body.
around 4.5" to the bottom of the tailgate. I wanted it to stick out to where if I backed into something or got rammed my tailgate wouldn't take the hit.
In the storage area, I cut out a part that was intrusive and welded in a peice of plate. The area is about 42" wide, 7-8" deep and 4" tall...I can carry pretty much whatever I want back here (though I don't have the hitch in yet...)