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Unread 08-28-2012, 06:44 PM   #1786
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I could physically raise the bumper an inch. However, the tailgate hinge would hit the pivot tube of the swingarm when you opened it up.

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Unread 08-30-2012, 05:23 AM   #1787
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I could physically raise the bumper an inch. However, the tailgate hinge would hit the pivot tube of the swingarm when you opened it up.
That's a good point. I guess I could do the tailgate mod to allow it to swing down instead of out. That would sort of be nice to have anyway. All good info and something for me to consider. Thanks!
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Unread 09-06-2012, 06:36 PM   #1788
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Finally cranked out a JK Front.. I tell my son all the time, "in the shop, somedays it'll be easy money, somedays not so easy."

This bumper was one of those "not so easy" projects..

I was able to cut the main center part from one piece and then bend it to shape (after a bunch of "test bends"). The wings then bolt on. I figure that will eventually allow easier shipping and will also allow me to do longer/shorter bumper ends in different shapes. I would like to have done a sunken winch but I was kind of limited on time and was afraid the factory lights would interfere.. so I went top mount. Shackle mounts run thru the bumper and into the mounting plates.

I like the fact that my press brake allowed me to bend alot of the joints (versus cut/weld/grind). Still had to do quite a bit of cutting/welding/blending but as I "tweak" some parts, it should get easier.

Buddy's gonna send me some pics after he gets it painted/installed. I'll probably do a few more local ones before I send any out. There's some joints I'd like to fit up better (like less than 1/8") so I'll tweak/cut/build a few more..

Anyhow.. here's how it left the shop... the white chalky stuff is phosphoric acid.





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Unread 09-06-2012, 06:41 PM   #1789
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I like where this is headed...looking forward to that painted and mounted.
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Unread 09-06-2012, 06:45 PM   #1790
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Thats a great looking JK bumper.
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Unread 09-07-2012, 08:47 AM   #1791
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That looks awesome. Very nice work. Of course I really didn't expect anything less as everything you have built/created to date has been impressive and high quality.
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Unread 09-08-2012, 12:27 AM   #1792
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Looks great. Thinking of doing a tire carrier myself
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Unread 09-08-2012, 01:56 PM   #1793
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Great design! Once again, you do beautiful work!

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Unread 09-08-2012, 04:32 PM   #1794
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Thanks guys!.. I'm usually a pretty basic "form follows function" kind of guy. So.. I sometimes struggle to "see" flowing lines in my mind's eye. I think it looked pretty good during mock-up.. we'll see how it looks when I get finished pics.


AGENT-X.. sounds like a plan!! Make sure to post pics..
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Unread 09-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #1795
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That thing is STOUT! As a tinkerer who has contemplated building his own bumpers, this write up is amazing. But deflating at the same time. I look at the skills youve shown on this and realize i have no chance of doing it myself. Looks like i'll be ******* out the dough to have one.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 05:54 AM   #1796
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That thing is STOUT! As a tinkerer who has contemplated building his own bumpers, this write up is amazing. But deflating at the same time. I look at the skills youve shown on this and realize i have no chance of doing it myself. Looks like i'll be ******* out the dough to have one.

Don't be discouraged... look back at the original bumper on the first few pages. I was using pretty basic tools with average (self-taught) abilities. I've learned alot over the past 10yrs of doing this.. but I'm still the same guy that started in a one-car garage with a chop saw and flux core welder.
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Eddie,

Been a while since I checked up on this thread. All I can say is WOW! Nice job on that front JK bumper build! Freaking awesome!
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Eddie -

The JK bumper looks killer.

What is the purpose of the phosphoric acid?

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Eddie,

Thanks for all the parts!! It was a Pleasure buying from you. thanks for all the help too and answering my many questions.

Im planning on finishing the bumper in a month or so wen I get alittle more money for the rest of the swing arm.... It'll also give me some time to practice Arc Welding cause man are my welds ugggly

Thanks again...Jk bumper looks SWEET
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Eddie,

Thanks for all the parts!! It was a Pleasure buying from you. thanks for all the help too and answering my many questions.

Im planning on finishing the bumper in a month or so wen I get alittle more money for the rest of the swing arm.... It'll also give me some time to practice Arc Welding cause man are my welds ugggly

Thanks again...Jk bumper looks SWEET
Thanks again Jim! Hit me up with questions anytime..

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Eddie -

The JK bumper looks killer.

What is the purpose of the phosphoric acid?

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Thanks Jeff.. phosphoric acid is a decent "rust inhibitor".

In the summer months, we get pretty sweaty in the shop. Oily/sweaty fingerprints flash rust in a couple hours. After working on a bumper for a few days, it's usually got a good amount of surface rust all over it. So, we clean it up and wipe it down with phosphoric acid. It converts the "iron oxide" (rust) into "iron phosphate" (black paintable surface). It'll usually keep rust at bay for a few months in a garage environment.

It costs about $45-$50 per gallon though.. so we use it "sparingly"
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