I started my rear bumper today. This is as far as I got. It is 3/16"x 2" x 4" rectangular tubing with the shackle eyes welded front and back as is the 2" receiver. Grade 8 bolts were used for mounting. I am going to add the swingout tire carrier as soon and will try to post pics as the build goes. You guys be easy on me as I am NOT a welder, but I do enjoy sticking metal together in my garage.
Again, thanks to you guys who have posted pictures and instructions on your bumper builds and I have to give credit to you guys for your design ideas. As you can see I have copied them.
For those that are interested in the way I mounted it here are a few pictures that may help explain.
Fist I drilled four more 1/2" holes in the crossmember (two on each side) as shown in the following pictire. The holes on the left are factory and the holes on the right are the ones I drilled.
Here is the brackets I fabbed to mount to the cross member. The plate is 1/4" and I used a piece of the 2" x 4" rectangular tubing as a spacer between the bracket and the bumper. This is probably teh weakest point og the the bumper if you were to pull hard on the bumper. However, this jeep will not see any hard core offroad action so I ma not to concerned with this.
One thing I did different then I have seen on other builds is weld 1/2" grade 8 bolts to the mounting bracket as shown below.
Shown here are the shackle eyes welded from the back side.
Here aretwo of the outside mounting bolts from the inside.
And here is one before primer...
Just a few more pictures...
Edit - 10/03/2006 Added pictures of mounting brackets.