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Unread 12-03-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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Rear bumper / Spare tire carrier... Lunchbreak build!

Hey guys, I have been making a rear bumper / spare tire carrier for my TJ for a few weeks now. It has ALL been done on lunch breaks at work, when I'm not too hungry (Otherwise, I go to the deli...The bumper can wait!) Anyway, here are some pics. I TIG welded everything, other than the trailer hitch and Clevis mounts, those were MIG welded. The main bumper is 3/16" 2x4 mild steel tubing.The spare tire carrier is 1.09" x .145 DOM stainless tubing. I got the spindle for the spare tire carrier, and the clevis mounts from A to Z Fabrication. The "plate" for the spare wheel is (was a) broken chromoly axle.











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Unread 12-03-2008, 08:45 PM   #2
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By the way... The bumper isn't done. I still need to fabricate the latching mechanism. I'm planning on using the latch from a YJ tailgate, and the nador bolt that the jaws shut around. Just like a regular car door.
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Unread 12-03-2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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Nice work what size tire do you plan to carry?
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Unread 12-03-2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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Very nice, looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Unread 12-03-2008, 10:32 PM   #5
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Nice work what size tire do you plan to carry?
I would think he is going to carry the size tire thats laying behind the thing. 33x12.50 15. I may be wrong tho.
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Unread 12-04-2008, 01:10 AM   #6
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Nice lookin' bumper!

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I would think he is going to carry the size tire thats laying behind the thing. 33x12.50 15. I may be wrong tho.
You mean the 35" x 12.5" x 15" sitting behind the carrier
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Oops that does say 5.
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Unread 12-04-2008, 10:45 AM   #8
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I take it the bumper is 2 x 3 quarter wall mild, and the tire swing looks like SS. OK I need to get busy at lunch rather then surfing the Jeepforum.

Bumpers will have to wait till I mod the frame and get a new body on the thing.... and the new motor and tranny... and axles... OK so next year some time...

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!
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Unread 12-04-2008, 03:25 PM   #9
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Thanks for the compliments guys! Yeah the tires are going to be 35", and yes the KM2's in the pics are going on next week!!! I'm almost finished with this thing, so within the next few days, I'll post the final product. So far it has only cost me $43 for the spindle, and $25 for the clevis mounts... For a grand total of $68!!! (plus a few bucks for shipping)
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Unread 12-04-2008, 03:32 PM   #10
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man, your place is way too clean!!!! i have a 30X56X14 shop and can hardly move in it! time to do some cleaning!

maybe i missed it, but what is the pivot system built of. i was thinking of doing the 1" spindle for trailers route?
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Unread 12-04-2008, 03:36 PM   #11
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man, your place is way too clean!!!! i have a 30X56X14 shop and can hardly move in it! time to do some cleaning!

maybe i missed it, but what is the pivot system built of. i was thinking of doing the 1" spindle for trailers route?
Thats basically what it is, a trailer spindle. Rated for approx. 1000lbs with Tapered bearings. I could have made it myself on the lathe at work... but I didn't feel that it was worth the frustration for 43 bucks! haha.
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Unread 12-04-2008, 10:14 PM   #12
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That looks really nice. Welds are great! I wish I could Tig (or had a tig to try)
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Looks good. I assume you are going to lave the stainless un painted?
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Unread 12-05-2008, 05:08 PM   #14
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Yeah, I plan on leaving the stainless unpainted. The 2x4 tubing for the bumper is going to be herculined, to match my front bumper.
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Unread 12-08-2008, 04:47 PM   #15
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whats the latch going to look like? if you have it done, can you post a pic?
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