I like the tube fenders. Any chance you'll be tying them in to factory sheetmetal?
The front tube fender sheetmetal is stitch-welded or full-welded to the front wheelwell (depending on the area) all the way, and the bottom part to the a- pillar just in front of hinges. There is also one 1.75" OD tube in the middle going from the tube to the wheelwell close to wear the coil tower is. Third tube support is right below headlights, going from the tube to the front unibody frame stiffeners. I think that should be sufficient, and it feels very solid. I've already hugged a few trees with the fronts and they didn't budge
Originally Posted by TheHalfWit
Sweet man, now I know what I want for my birthday.
(A welder so I can try my hand at fabbing stuff, cause this looks sweet.)
Welder would be a nice birthday present If talking about working on Jeeps, mig-welder and drill press have been the most important tools I've bought so far - along with the tube bender
I finally had time to finish my front bumper last week - it's pretty much done now, I only need to add the plate for a hawse- type fairlead. That same plate will be used for mounting my licence plate, for some reason cops don't like it my front plate is hidden behind the bumper
No need to mention I need a front locker The HP D30 I'm building for this will have one, also WJ knuckles & brakes, prob. OTK steering etc..
Bumper now looks like this:
..also had time to go test it and do some wheeling, friend came along to snap a few pictures.. He actually took well over 1200 pics in about 6 hours we were wheeling Enjoy!
nice looking rig man. love the bumpers and rails, i'd have to tie in the rear to the rails, that gap bugs me. Why couldnt you drop the tube a little to clear the doors?
And a set of tube/half doors would look sweet as well, if the EU regs would allow them.
I will fill the gaps on the rear extending all the way down to the rocker tubes Just haven't gotten any spare time to do that yet, and I also ran out of tube. I didn't really want to drop the tubes any lower because I wanted as much room as possible to stuff the rear tires inside the wheel wells. On the other hand, that means I now have to cut little slices off the rear doors and re-weld them. This Jeep being my daily driver and the tow rig, it's kinda stupid
Tube/ half doors are legal here so no problem with that, but it's my DD so I don't wanna go that far with this build. I've got the XJ build going on which will be a full-on wheeling rig once finished
Finished the front bumper; drilled/ cut a hole for the hawse, welded the plate in, bolted in the winch, fabbed new cables, wired the winch in/out switch to the cabin, and tested.
I had to fab the cables because my winch solenoid box took a dump - it decided to short- circuit, burning the winch motor, melting the cables and started a fire under the bonnet That was when the winch was mounted on my XJ though
I did not get another standard-style solenoid box, but replaced it with a Superwinch sealed "super-small" solenoid box. I used 35mm^2 ( ~2AWG cable in US- standards) cable for the electric connections, which should be thick enough. Longest cable is only ~5ft. long so I should see about 5% voltage drop under maximum strain. No big deal. I wired the switch to spooling winch in/out to the cab, it's easiest to use from there.
I'm pretty happy with the overhang (less than with stock bumper), winch does block the airflow to the radiator a little, but it's no problem here were I live. I also drilled a few more holes to the front skidplate to allow for more airflow to the radiator But enough BS, here are a few crappy cell phone pics.. Gotta go test it tomorrow, it's been raining all week so I'm pretty sure there a lot of mud everywhere
I really like how you cut the grill and recessed the winch back in farther, looks great! On a side note, you just helped me make up my mind on going to the euro front signals, looks 100x less "ricey" and way more classy!
Snapped the shaft in a pretty easy spot, a small rock step where I had to bump both front and rear tires up at the same time with some momentum. *CRUNCH* Did a 45 minute replace job at a friends garage, he happend to have a spare CV- shaft. Time to get alloy u-joint shafts.
sweet tube work ! after seeing your front bumper I will have to talk to my tube bender guy friday when I get my zj back after the roll bar build
1993 ZJ Clayton long arms with Johnny joints, custom front axle W yota center, D44 chevy outers, fabtech dirtlogic 2.25, front bilsten rear shocks, tacoma rear axle, 4.88, arb rear, 5 speed, poly motor mount inserts, NP241OR 4-1 ,receiver front for xcr 8k winch