post #1 of Old 12-16-2013, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice on a homebrew bumper

Looking to make my own JK bumper. I have been surfing threads across multiple sites and still not sure on the process as a whole.

Can anyone post pics of their home brewed bumpers with a short write up on how they did it?

Any advice or pointers would be appreciated.

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post #2 of Old 12-17-2013, 06:42 AM
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I built mine around a winch plate.

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post #3 of Old 12-17-2013, 09:02 AM
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Mock up, cut, weld, grind, mock up, cut, weld, grind.
Start with the way it mounts and go from there. I recommend using foam board from a craft store, way easier to use than cardboard.
You can try doing the entire mock up at once then cut all the steel pieces or just kind of do it in steps. Make sure your winch plate and mounts are going to be strong enough!

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Awesome stuff. I did a test run with welding today on scrap 3/16 steel and it did just fine.

youngjeepr, I was thinking the same thing. I want to integrate a winch plate so my thinking was to just build around one. Which winch plate did you go with?

AtTheHelm. You seem to have some lessons learned. I was going to fine tune cardboard mock up (probably foam board now that you recommend it) then cut all the steel pieces out at once. Weld them all together and go from there but I might want to take it in phases. Did you build onto anything existing, like frame or the stock metal bumper?

What size steel did you guys go with?
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Looking to make my own JK bumper. I have been surfing threads across multiple sites and still not sure on the process as a whole.

Can anyone post pics of their home brewed bumpers with a short write up on how they did it?

Any advice or pointers would be appreciated.
Front or rear ?

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Going to make an attempt at both. Starting with front this week though. I received the winch plate and winch today. Anxious to get started, don't have the steal just yet or the confidence in procedure.
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post #7 of Old 12-27-2013, 07:56 AM
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Start with the winch plate, as wide as the frame and as long as needed to fit a winch. Then angle the front piece from it back to the bottom of the frame rails. Now the two pieces that weld to the sides of the winch plate. Mine were about 3" wide at the top and the same as the winch plate at the bottom. Now break out the cardboard and figure the way you want the rest of it to look.
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Looking to make my own JK bumper. I have been surfing threads across multiple sites and still not sure on the process as a whole.

Can anyone post pics of their home brewed bumpers with a short write up on how they did it?

Any advice or pointers would be appreciated.

The reason I was asking which one you were building is I've been planning on doing some small "DIY" videos on building bumpers and was to start with a stubby front for the JK....complete with measurements and follow-along video. I'm moving my plasma and welding equipment into my new shop this weekend, so it wouldn't be until after the new year. Bumper will be this one minus the fog light holes:



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