So guys my Xj is on its way to be a mild ExPo vehicle. Its my DD, camping, fishing, ExPo rig..My original plan was to copy this here,
I hate big flashy bumpers..And I love hidden winchs. Clean, simple, lightweight and cheap.
Verus keeping the stock bumper, I pcked up a Warrior P# 560 bumper for 150 bones today with 2 new Hella 500 black magics on it. My idea is it will give more protection incase I needed to push something, or incase I bumped/hit something.
However when I went and picked it up I realized this bumper was not 3/16th like I was let to believe..its actually 3/16 bumper mounts and 1/8th formed bumper. So I'd like to beef up the Warrior a little because I do like it..ALOT, its got very very nice lines, matches well, just perfect in size and since I don't rock crawl or need to ram things..I think will a little added beef it'll do just fine!
Planning to reinforce it with 3/16 and do full bumper mounting/tie in brackets. Opinions on this? say 1/8th vs 3/16 reinforcement plates?
This is how it looks currently. Just 1/8 plate formed, completely hollow.
I want to add either 3/16 or 1/8 plates in it like this..
Full inserted into the bumper, and welded on both sides. Should I add gussets off the sides of these like the bumper mount idea? Or should I add in a plate to completely connect the 2 plates together?
For the corner, just add in a little gusset/brace..and one at the very bottom of the bumper.
And for the mounts, I'll be cutting the stock ones out and replacing them with full depth versions..they are currently 3/16, which is plenty strong, especially since I will be running the tie in brackets which have 9 bolts per side. However idk If I should do them like this, full depth and 2 gussets.
Or like this, full depth, 1/4" plate formed to bumper & 2 gussets
I was also curious on opinions/suggestion on Drings through the bumper. If I could, or it would be strong enough really...but run a Dring through the bumper, inbetween the 2 gussets, then weld it on the front of the bumper, weld it to the bumper mount and to the gussets?
The section inbetween the 2 bumper mounts will be untouched until the hidden winch comes, then I'll brace/cut & mod that to hide & hold a 12k Warn thats been sitting here.
Otherwise I'm basically looking for guidence, if my ideas good enough, if I should do something differently, add here or there, take away here or there? Whats your guys opinions, advice, suggestions?
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