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92yjwoolf 10-30-2013 04:33 PM

Front bumper
I I'm building a front bumper the wigth of the frame and I need to know what think about going with. 1/4 inch plate on top ad the rest 3/16. It will all be tig welded and also I am mounting a smittybilt xrc8000 winch and want to know if 1/4 in would be fine? It will have 6 bolts total to the frame(4 on top and 2 on bottom all grade 8)

jasonswelding 10-30-2013 05:34 PM

1/4" is fine. That's what mine is.

Tomb Raider 10-31-2013 06:16 AM

This was a 3/16" bumper/winch with the full load as well as increased angle force, 1/4" will work perfect. As a side note, your local steel shop should be able to create a small 1" uppward bend at the back side of the top piece of the bumper (nearest the grill). Shouldn't cost more than 20 bucks to have them do and it will increase the strength and rigidity significantly.

92yjwoolf 10-31-2013 06:25 AM

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That's for input guys. I went ahead and cut my top plate out of 1/4". Luckily I have a plasma cnc machine right at my finger tips. And those are all the plates going in to the bumper

BESRK 10-31-2013 05:52 PM

If you don't have the capacity to bend a lip at the rear, you can weld one in place. As mentioned, you really should have a lip to stiffen that plate. Otherwise, a hard pull will cause the plate to bow up in the center.

92yjwoolf 11-05-2013 09:30 AM

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Just an update. Got the bumper tacked together and going to sand blast it before finish welding welding it. (Tig) still need to bend the stinger!

JeepFiendClub 11-06-2013 03:51 PM

Ive been making XJ bumpers for about a year. I use 3/16 for the shell & 1/4 for the tie ins & gussets

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