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Unread 01-05-2006, 10:36 AM   #151
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The paint is POR 15 with POR 15 Chassis Black sprayed over it. I shoot it kinda dry to give it a rougher texture.. I like it. The bumper I made for my wife's CJ has been on it for over a year and it still looks new.

I offered to do some weld on frame tie-ins but the owner declined. He knows the Jeeperman tie-ins are available so he might put those on in the future. We drilled the inner 2 bolt holes on each end for a total of 5 bolts on each end. Those 4 bolts coupled with the lower frame bolt. It flexes about... ummm zero.

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Unread 01-05-2006, 10:46 AM   #152
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hey BESRK you think 11 guage is thick enough for a bumper/tire carrier if i gusset it up
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Unread 01-05-2006, 03:52 PM   #153
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hey BESRK you think 11 guage is thick enough for a bumper/tire carrier if i gusset it up

nope its not...if you want to put a carrier on it
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Unread 01-05-2006, 06:36 PM   #154
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That's what?.. slightly less than 1/8" wall? I like at least 3/16" for bumpers/rock sliders..etc. especially if you're gonna hang a carrier on it. There are a few bumper manufacturers that make their stuff with 1/8" wall stock to help save money.. I think some of them have problems with flex though... spend a couple extra bucks and go with 3/16" wall.
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Unread 01-05-2006, 07:23 PM   #155
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a few bumper manufacturers that make their stuff with 1/8" wall stock to help save money.. I think some of them have problems with flex though...
yes 11 guage is 1/8 and LOD uses it in its cheaper tire carrier...i have personal experience with its flex problems
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Unread 01-12-2006, 02:26 PM   #156
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BESRK - FYI, when you start full time production, call every steel supplier within 50 miles and tell them how much steel you're planning on using in a year. Tell them you're starting a fabrication business. Take the lowest rate you find to the supplier there in Newport and see what they have to say. Steel prices aren't written in stone. If the supplier thinks you're going to be buying a lot, the prices will drop really quick.
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Unread 01-12-2006, 06:47 PM   #157
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I switched from 1/4" wall tubing to 3/16" wall tubing for the main bumper.. price of a 20ft stick is $155 so that's about $40 worth per bumper.. a little bit better than before. One problem is that there is only one steel supplier here in Newport News that sells a large variety of steel. I'd have to drive 20-50 miles to hit other steel suppliers. I've been caught up in some other big projects that have taken me away from my bumper making for the time being. I still do the occasional bumper from time to time but it's not like I'm cranking out a couple everyday like last year.
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Unread 01-15-2006, 09:21 PM   #158
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Thats still way to much money. They must have a monopoly in that area.
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Unread 02-15-2006, 04:49 PM   #159
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do you have a pic of a rear and a font installed on a zj. nice job
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Unread 02-17-2006, 06:41 PM   #160
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do you have a pic of a rear and a font installed on a zj. nice job

I've only built bumpers for CJs, YJs, TJs and a front bumper for an XJ (it was a PITA). Haven't done anything for a ZJ.
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Unread 03-07-2006, 09:53 AM   #161
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dang thats high...

i just priced (20') 4" x 2" x 3/16 wall in tifton, ga delivered to thomasville, ga (45 miles each way) at $ 90.00. 5 x 2 x 3/16 20' length is $106.80.

i do have a contracting business acount with these people tho...

priced today at 10:30 am est.


by the way, VERY nice work. i will be using this thread to build mine.

thanks for the thread
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Unread 03-07-2006, 10:33 AM   #162
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Thanks.. good luck with your bumper.. and make sure to post pics. Instead of making the pivot tube, you might want to spend the $13 and get one from Trout Industries.
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... you might want to spend the $13 and get one...
BTW, we also offer these now along with complete hinge assembly kits.
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Unread 03-07-2006, 06:32 PM   #164
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Sorry Zach.. I didn't know you guys offered that. I guess I need to browse around on your site more often and see what ya got..
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Unread 03-09-2006, 09:23 PM   #165
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besrk

what do yo think of using 3 x 4 x 3/16" tubing? i priced it today, its $88.00 per stick. i was thinking it would give me i little more to work with, esp at the hinge pin. plus i could use 2 x 2 x3/16" on the verticle part of the tire carrier.

as an aside, my buddy whos helping me ( were building 2 sets of bumpers ) has a machine shop at his house, car lift etc. must be nice. oh yea, hes also the local rep for the welding supply company around here. HIS buddy is the local welding instructer at the tech college. hes offered to let us use the CNC machine AND the autocad driven plasma cutter for our small parts.

if these bumpers turn out looking like a sheit muslim, we'll have no one to blame but ourselves.

parts ordering comenses henceforth.

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