Hi guys (and gals),
Thinking about building a bumper now that I have access to a full shop with CNC plasma cutter, TIG, MIG, Stick welding, and a host of other awesomeness. Sketched this up last night in Solidworks and wanted to get feedback from those who have done this before.
I'm a little worried about the weight sitting so far forward. I could eventually move it back a bit and lift the sway bar over the fabricated part, but for design, I drew it out based on the current bumper mounting availability.
It's based around the Warn8000 winch and a roller fairlead, with the fairlead just barely sticking out past the bumper enclosure. Ideally, I'd put the license plate on a piano hinge over the fairlead to keep crap out of it (and stealthify it a bit).
The top center plate over the winch is held in place with a few torx bits (what thief carries torx bits?) And there's a hole (with one of those plastic frame plugs) for a wrench attachment to work the clutch. Controller will be wired through the cab or to a remote location for easy access.
Based on 1/4 plate since we just got a metric butt-ton of it for cheap from a place that couldnt use it once it went under water a few days in the CO floods.
Comments and suggestions welcome.