Okay, so I couldn't decide what style rear bumper I wanted, so I got to thinking, got to drawing, and finally came up with a basic idea of what I wanted. Thanks to Trevor at Fortin Ironworks (Grandview, OH) for taking my idea and turning it into a real cut plan. He cut the 2 inch box iron for me, I spent today putting it all together (keep in mind this is my first time ever welding).
Okay so here is the iron sitting on the floor, pre-weld...there were some substantial gaps, I spent awhile getting everything exactly as I wanted it to keep the filling of gaps to a minimum
A few of the gaps, managed to keep them to less than 1/4"
Welding (all mig)
Figured this was a good idea for traction as a step, and a solid surface to weld the reese style hitch to the bottom.
Almost finished product, have to finsih with cleanup, some grinding left, primer, spray on bedliner. I am looking for any advice as to how to mount this to my jeep, I had an idea, but couldn't make it happen...I felt that my method would not have been as sturdy as I would like....please any suggestions are welcome!
Let me know what you think...Trevor gave me a great idea for a double swingaway...will probably end up doing a typical swingaway. HOW DO I MOUNT THIS TO MY REAR BUMPER????
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It is just welded around the edge currently, I am going to weld on a few L brackets for extra support. The plate is 3/16th I believe. I'll take some more pics later (at work till 6) with a better quality camera...the ones above are all from my BlackBerry Storm
I need to find a way to better secure the receiver...I think it doesnt really look finished the way I have it either...
My idea for the wiring was something similar to what tow trucks use, a big femal connector mounted on the front bumper and one on the rear that is run directly from the battery...tow trucks plug their jumper cables into these for power, so clamps are only on the one end....I haven't figured the specifics out yet, but that was my basic idea, all I have to do is unplug the winch from the female outlet on the front, swap to the rear plug in there...make sense?
I'm thinking that receiver will be a reason you use the winch. Why not move it up and back into your bumper? hanging down and sticking out will be a hang up point while off road.
That is a good point...thanks for the input, a lot of trial and error here. I'll get some more pics posted as I get closer to the finished product, you guys have given me some great ideas, thanks! Anything else you might suggest is always appreciated!
If you are going to use it for the winch, as said above, put it like this (excuse the bad photoshop):
I would put a piece of tube on the left and right side of the reciever, then weld everything front & rear. If no one has said it, add frame tie in brackets. Either make them, or go to Gen Right and purchase them. Basic idea is if you are going to use this bumper for recovery, you need to be able to lift the Jeep totally off the ground using nothing but this bumper as an attachment point.