The build up of a 2000 sport
Hi all, Well, I've reading all of the great threads over the last 2 yrs and thought maybe its time to add my own. When I bought the jeep, it had very little done to it. It had a 3" spring lift and a 1" body lift with Kumo 33x12.50's. My intentions were to have fun with it and do very little to it in the way of upgrades. Well, that didn't last long when I failed to get up one of the trails. Right there I said never again!! lol You all know what I mean!! So, it was on! I put a Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper with a 8500lb wench on it. Now that I could now get up that trail, I was able to take my time and build my own rear bumper. Side note, I work out of town all the time so any kind of build takes a long time!! lol I began last summer. I'll post all the pics as they happened.
So as you can see from the pics above, the outer pipes go into the swing gate and actually go all of the way thru. I thought it would be much stronger that way. The threaded rod in the center is an acme threaded rod I got from a job I did a few months ago... It was scrap metal anyway! lol The center pipe was added as an after thought to add strength to the threaded rod that will be holding the weight of the tire.
So, I didn't quite have the two top pipes at the same angle when I welded them in place and one was higher than the other! Not good, so It was either grind out the welds and do it again or.......LOL so on went the pipe bender. I never thought it would have been that hard to get it up there by myself but I finally got it! and it worked. I think I actually bent it a half a degree too much but its much better! I guess the level dosnt lie, it ended up pretty good. I also got the finally two pipes welded in place on the lower half also. The next step and the next few pics will show where I cut off the pipes to length and added end caps.
You might have seen that the center pip on the lower half of the tire carrier was cut in half, well, I wanted a little more room for the tire to rotate and its a good level spot to set the tire before putting it in place. I don't think I have a pic of the plate I put on it though. I'll add one shortly. I'm actually spraying the bumper and carrier in the next few days so I hope to have the finished product up here soon.
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