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Unread 07-18-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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Building a JK stubby bumper.

I started my front bumper build and snapped a few pics.

3/16x6"





Studs









I don't do much MIG welding, mostly TIG, but it didn't turn out too bad...



Grinding down the welds...














I used the MIG welder at work. I recently moved and have no 220 outlet in the garage to run my TIG, as soon as I do I'll make a light bar and get some d-ring mounts on. Eventually it'll have a winch so I can't put the stock fogs back in the center. I need to do a rear bumper next. Thanks for looking.

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Unread 07-18-2009, 04:46 AM   #2
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why? what's it going to protect? just wondering.
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Unread 07-18-2009, 08:46 AM   #3
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Because he can!
Nice fab work, gives a nice clean look.
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Unread 07-18-2009, 02:39 PM   #4
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why? what's it going to protect? just wondering.
I had a few reasons to build a stubby. I didn't build it to protect anything. The original bumper is getting torn up on the trails at the ends, dented, scratched, it's HUGE... not to mention an eye sore! lol This one has a lot more clearance. I am also installing a winch and lights soon. I'll also be building a rear bumper with a wheel carrier next to carry a spare with 35" or 37" tire. I'm building it to look similar to the front.


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Nice fab work, gives a nice clean look.
Thanks!

Even though it's not done, I wanted to put some paint on it. It sanded out easier than I thought and the transitions turned out pretty good. I don't think I have 8 hours total into the bumper so far.











Now I just need to go get it dirty, it looks like a sore thumb!
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Unread 07-18-2009, 03:05 PM   #5
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Looks really clean man nice work. Any future plans for a hoop or clevis mounts?

On a side note what program do you use to get borders around your photos like that?
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Unread 07-18-2009, 04:24 PM   #6
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Stubbies on JK's are nice lookin IMHO.Nice fab work BTW if i had your skills i would build me a tire carrier that can carry 35" tires.
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Unread 07-22-2009, 07:49 PM   #7
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Looks really clean man nice work. Any future plans for a hoop or clevis mounts?

On a side note what program do you use to get borders around your photos like that?
Thanks. Yeah, it's getting the hoop, clevis mounts and light mounts as soon as I get someone to wire a 220V outlet into my garage so I can TIG weld them on.

I just use a Microsoft program (Picture It!) that came on my computer to make boarders, it's actually four black sqaures I stretched into boarders, not a boarder program.

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Stubbies on JK's are nice lookin IMHO.Nice fab work BTW if i had your skills i would build me a tire carrier that can carry 35" tires.
Thanks, I like stubbies best. I just need to figure out what my rear bumper is going to look like and I'm building that next w/ a tire carrier to carry a 35 lol.
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Unread 07-23-2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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Super clean. Nice work man
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Unread 07-24-2009, 09:29 AM   #9
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I just use a Microsoft program (Picture It!) that came on my computer to make boarders, it's actually four black sqaures I stretched into boarders, not a boarder program.
Oh alright yeah thats what i was wondering because the only way i know to do it is a pia in photoshop. takes alot of time to go through every pic i was looking for a template or something. but thanks.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 11:28 AM   #10
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Nice and simple. Much better than the stock JK one


What did you use for paint? Did you primer as well?
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Unread 07-27-2009, 12:22 AM   #11
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Nice and simple. Much better than the stock JK one


What did you use for paint? Did you primer as well?
Thanks! I used Duplicolor Bed Liner. Directions say to paint on bare metal.


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Oh alright yeah thats what i was wondering because the only way i know to do it is a pia in photoshop. takes alot of time to go through every pic i was looking for a template or something. but thanks.
I would imagine if you save the border as a photoshop file you can just open it each time, that's what I do with the progam I have.


I got the 220v outlet wired up in the garage and fired up the TIG for the first time this year. I'm a little rusty, but it didn't turn out too bad. I grabbed some angle iron and made some light mounts...







I picked up some 2" tubing, 1/8 wall thickness and a couple 90 degree bends on Friday and welded it on and painted it on Saturday.





I also ordered clevis mounts on Friday. After I finished up welding and painting the bar and getting the lights working on Saturday, we went camping. I didn't get any good flex shots on the technical sections but just wanted to get a few pics that weren't in the drive way.











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Unread 07-27-2009, 10:32 AM   #12
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Very cool bumper build and great pictures. Just missing a winch now.
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Unread 07-27-2009, 10:36 AM   #13
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Nice.... I was going to post that you needed to add some tube to the bumper. Looking good.

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I have been planning on doing exactly what you have done for quite some time now, just have never gotten around to doing it. The top piece is that only 6 inches as well?? Will there be enough room to fit a winch in?? Also if at all possible could you post some pictures of how you attached the tube as well as the backside from underneith So I can get an idea of how you finished it off?

thanks alot
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Unread 07-28-2009, 01:01 PM   #15
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Very cool bumper build and great pictures. Just missing a winch now.
Thanks, that's next on my list.

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Nice.... I was going to post that you needed to add some tube to the bumper. Looking good.

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Thanks. I'd been planning to add the bar, but I'm kinda impatient.


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I have been planning on doing exactly what you have done for quite some time now, just have never gotten around to doing it. The top piece is that only 6 inches as well?? Will there be enough room to fit a winch in?? Also if at all possible could you post some pictures of how you attached the tube as well as the backside from underneith So I can get an idea of how you finished it off?

thanks alot
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Yeah, it's all 6". I've got more than 6" of space from front to grille though. When I get the winch I'll figure out if it fits, if not I'll just space it out. The only pics I have is the ones I posted, one of the early pics shows how I welded the studs. The tube is welded on also. The tube is three straight pieces and two elbows welded together, 2" 1/8 or .125 wall thickness.

Added clevis mounts. Completed, until I add a winch and fairlead.





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