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Unread 03-20-2011, 08:10 AM   #1
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TJ Front Bumper Questions

I'm going to be building me a front bumper and I have a pretty good idea on the design. I have a couple of basic questions. On the top, do most custom front bumpers eliminate the plastic cover that says "Jeep"? Also how wide (front to back) does the top have to be for fitting a winch up there 4" or more? I've never removed my front bumper so I'm not too familiar with the mounts. Will the new bumper be better bolted or welded on? Also where can I find a good price on D ring eyelets? Thanks in advance.

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Unread 03-20-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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Jeep plastic cover stays.
Bolts on using factory bolt location.
Winch bolt holes are 4" on center,leave youself some extra room.
Ucf has the d ring mounts for cheap.
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Unread 03-20-2011, 07:52 PM   #3
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Jeep plastic cover stays.
Bolts on using factory bolt location.
Winch bolt holes are 4" on center,leave youself some extra room.
Ucf has the d ring mounts for cheap.
Thanks for the info! So would 6" be sufficient from the plastic cover to the front of the bumper as the top?
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Unread 03-20-2011, 09:47 PM   #4
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6" should be fine. Are you going to make it flat top or drop down. What winch you plan on using? I have a Warn m8000 and a smittybuilt xrc8 and would be happy to snap some pics or take some measurments if needed.
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Unread 03-21-2011, 05:50 AM   #5
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6" should be fine. Are you going to make it flat top or drop down. What winch you plan on using? I have a Warn m8000 and a smittybuilt xrc8 and would be happy to snap some pics or take some measurments if needed.
Honestly I don't know which winch I will use. I'd love to have a Warn, but at this point that's kind of a far off time when I'll actually have the cash for a winch. I'm still debating if I'll do it flat top or drop down. If I do it drop down I'm leaning towards a Skid Row style, if I do it flat top I'm leaning towards a High Rock style. If I do it drop down, how much of a lip do you need to accomodate the Fairlead?

I'd appreciate you snap some pics. How deep is your bumper from front to back?
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My tj build thread in my sig has a bunch of pics of the bumper I made. And shows some stuff that may help you visualize. The cj build has a warn mounted to a modified factory bumper. The tj bumper is 6" deep.
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Here is mine so far. It is far from finished but you get the idea. Down inside where the winch mounts it is 7.5" ID. I don't think I would have wanted it any smaller. BTW Yes, the plastic jeep thing stays. I had to trim mine back a bit though to make it fit.



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Unread 03-22-2011, 10:01 PM   #8
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My tj build thread in my sig has a bunch of pics of the bumper I made. And shows some stuff that may help you visualize. The cj build has a warn mounted to a modified factory bumper. The tj bumper is 6" deep.
First of all let me comment that you have some nice Jeeps. Man what steal that TJ was! I like the bumpers you made for the TJ. That's some fine looking welding. How long have you been welding? That is a bada$$ CJ too! I also like that front bumper. Thanks for all the info!
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Unread 03-22-2011, 10:04 PM   #9
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Here is mine so far. It is far from finished but you get the idea. Down inside where the winch mounts it is 7.5" ID. I don't think I would have wanted it any smaller. BTW Yes, the plastic jeep thing stays. I had to trim mine back a bit though to make it fit.



Although it's not finished, that's an awesome start! Is that steel bent to shape or welded together? How did you do that? Looks great though! Thanks!
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Unread 03-22-2011, 10:38 PM   #10
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it's bent. I had the parts sheared and bent at the welding shop, and I drilled, torched, and welded it up. I dropped off my template for the rest of the parts this afternoon. Should be ready in a couple days.
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Unread 03-23-2011, 12:31 AM   #11
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First of all let me comment that you have some nice Jeeps. Man what steal that TJ was! I like the bumpers you made for the TJ. That's some fine looking welding. How long have you been welding? That is a bada$$ CJ too! I also like that front bumper. Thanks for all the info!
Thank you. Been welding for 10 years or so but just recentlly got serious into trying to weld properlly instead of just getting stuff to stick together. All self tought wish I had the time to take a class.
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