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Unread 12-26-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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Front Bumper/Winch Plate Build! (pic heavy)

Started building this bumper a few weeks ago and now its almost finished (need paint). This is the first thing i'v fabricated for the jeep since i bought my welder a few months ago so sorry for all the pics. i'm happy with the way it came out All done with Hobart 187 and an angle grinder (man do i want a plasma cutter, chop saw, and drill press now! )
Let me know what you all think. i'll run you through the build...

First, this is the steel i started with, 2x4" 3/16 thick rectangle for the bumper and 1/4" plate for the top and winch/fairlead mount

Cut the ends at the angle i wanted and also cut the holes for my shackle mounts that are welded on both sides of the bumper.

Shackles welded in place

Then tacked and welded the end caps in place

Finished end after grinding and smoothing with a flap disc

Tacked the top plate to the bumper while fitting everything to the frame

Thats how the bumper sat for the last few weeks while i waited for this

Now i could continue working on the winch and fairlead mount. Started fitting this together

Tacked into place

placed the winch and roller on to make sure everything fit before burning it all in

Stitch welded the fairlead mount to the bumper and winch plate. This is the front

Back

This is just to show how i offset the welds on the front and back


Okay so that finished up the fabricating part. Here it is mounted up unpainted. Whatcha think?




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Unread 12-26-2009, 09:10 PM   #2
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That is really nice!!

How did the front winch mounting bolts work out in relation to the bumper? Are the bolts sitting over the bumper at all?
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Unread 12-26-2009, 09:18 PM   #3
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nice job.. why so wide?? narrow it up a bit and you'd gain lots on your approach angle..

looks good though
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Unread 12-26-2009, 09:21 PM   #4
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That is really nice!!

How did the front winch mounting bolts work out in relation to the bumper? Are the bolts sitting over the bumper at all?
Thanks
good catch, the front bolt holes for the winch feet ended up right at the back of the rectangular tube. i had to notch the tube just alittle bit to clear the bolt head so i could get a wrench on it. It was a tight fit, i couldnt move the winch back because of my stock sway bar and also wanted to keep from moving the bumper forward any
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Unread 12-26-2009, 09:23 PM   #5
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Great job on your bumper! Looks real professional
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Unread 12-26-2009, 09:25 PM   #6
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nice job.. why so wide?? narrow it up a bit and you'd gain lots on your approach angle..

looks good though
I actually like the 48" wide look. i mostly did it to protect the front end while i still have the stock fenders. i figure i could always chop the ends off later down the road when i go tube fenders
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Unread 12-26-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
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wow! that looks awesome! i've been wanting to build my a front bumper as well. if you don't mind me asking what did the materials cost you?
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Thanks for the compliments guys! i had a lot of fun building it
I think i spent around $120 for everything. i feel like thats pretty good since i got a new bumper and winch plate all in one! you know the price of those if you buy them Although, the steel could probably be found cheaper than the local place i got mine since they tend to charge a lot for small pieces
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Well i had the heaters running all day and shot some paint. A few coats of self etch primer and then Krylon satin black. Now its inside curing.
I'll get a few shots after i get it all put back together. Hopefully i have some time tomorrow.

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Unread 12-27-2009, 05:46 PM   #10
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Nice work. Looks great.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 12:25 AM   #11
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i'd say for $120 thats pretty kick ***!
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Unread 12-28-2009, 11:42 AM   #12
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Looks awesome! great job.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 04:29 PM   #13
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Well, got it all put back together this afternoon.
I'm really proud of the way it came out being my first project. Everything fits and looks better than i expected.

Here is the finished product. Thanks for the kind words guys


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Unread 12-30-2009, 05:33 PM   #14
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Nice work!
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Unread 12-30-2009, 06:45 PM   #15
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Very awesome.


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