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Unread 03-24-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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What is the average cost to build a rear bumper tire carrier?

I am trying to decide if I should build a tire carrier/bumper or buy one. I have a welder and a drill press, chop saw and a grinder. I was just wondering what you guys aveage cost for materials was. I am looking to get a rear bumper with reciever and two clevis mounts and a swing out carrier with at least a cb mount and highlift mount.

I figure I will have to buy:
steel 2x4 and 2x2 3/16ths
2" flat stock 3/16ths - Already have
4" flat stock 3/16ths - Already have
hinge - $50
latch - $30
shackle mounts - $20
reciever hitch tube - $20
bumper mounts - $40 just easier to buy

So that is up to roughly $160 plus the Steel
Anything else?
In your opinion was it worth the build or should I just buy one?


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Unread 03-24-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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I think home brewed (done right) far beats the cost of a big name co. I am up to about $150 in cost for my planned bumper/carrier.
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Unread 03-24-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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I just cut/pasted off an old spreadsheet. This was done about a year ago.. my cost in steel has gone up almost 40% in the past 2 months!



TJ/YJ Basic Bumper

Item Material Qty Price Each
Bumper Blank 2"x4"x3/16" wall 58 $26.58
Bumper End 3/16"x2" flat 16.5 $1.97
Bumper Standoff 3"x3"x3/16" wall 4 $2.08
Bumper Mount Plate 1/2"x3" flat 18 $6.02
Bottom Bracket 3/16"x2" flat 12 $1.43
Chain Plate 1/4"X2.5" flat 8 $0.82
2" Receiver 1 $12.31
Clevis Mount 1 "x2 " flat 9 $4.20
7/16" Mounting Bolts $4.00
7/16" Locking Nuts $3.00
7/16" Washers $1.00
$63.42

Additional Items for Mounting Swingarm Material Qty
Item
Spindle 1 $12.00
Spindle Circle Plate 5 $1.46
Swingarm End Stop 2"x2"x.120" wall 2 $0.49
Swingarm Latch Hook
Swingarm Foot Base 3/16"x2" flat 3 $0.36


Swingarm
Item Material Qty
Swingarm Tube 2"x2"x.120" wall 42 $10.32
Upright Tube 2"x2"x.120" wall 18 $4.42
Diagonal Tube 2"x2"x.120" wall 48 $11.80
Short Swingarm Tube 2"x2"x.120" wall 5 $1.23
Latch End Mount Plate 3/8"x3" flat 4.5 $1.13
Spindle Tube 2.75"x.500" DOM 4.5 $10.63
Spindle Bearings/Seal $12.00
Spindle Cap 3"Diameter Aluminum 1 $2.36
Set Screw $0.40
Zerk $0.20
Spindle Stop Squares 1 "x2 " flat 1 $0.47
2" Receiver 1 $13.50
1/2" Bolt (anti rattle) 1 $0.50
Receiver Gusset 3/16"x2" flat 2 $0.24
Hi Lift Mount (angle) 2"x2"x 3/16" angle 8 $1.12
Hi Lift Mount Post 2"x2"x.120" wall 6 $1.47
Hi Lift Mount Bolts
Hi Lift Mount Gussets 3/16"x2" flat 4 $0.48
Tire Mount Tube 2"x2"x.120" wall 8 $1.97
Tire Mount Circle Plate 1/4"x7" flat 7 $2.04
Tire Mount Studs 3 $0.90
Lug Nuts 3 $0.90
5/8" Hitch Pin 1 $4.00
1/2" Hitch Pin 1 $3.00
Spring 1 $1.00
Roll Pin 1 $0.02
Swing Stop Tube 3/4" tube 4 $1.67
Latch 1 $40
Latch Bolts 4 $0.60
$142.67


Consumables
Welding Gas $5.00
Electricity $2.00
Welding Wire $5.00
Grinding Disk $5.00
Plasma Consumables $5.00
$22.00

TOTAL $228.09
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Unread 03-24-2008, 07:05 PM   #4
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Mine has about $200 in it and its like a tank, main bumper is 4x6 1/4".
When you go to buy steel if you have some local welding/machine/fab
shops, ask them if they have any scrap of what your looking for. Some
places will give it away, or sell it uber cheap. In the long run, sometimes
its not always cost efficient, but has been in my experience plus you have
the self satisfaction of saying you built it yourself versus buying (insert
name here)'s product.
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Unread 03-24-2008, 07:43 PM   #5
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Thanks guys I am trying to decide if I can afford to buy one now or just try to build it on the cheap.
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Unread 03-24-2008, 10:25 PM   #6
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paid 50 bucks for my rear bumper so far, no swing but bought plenty metal that i could make a swing if i needed to. Mad from 1/4 steel
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Unread 03-25-2008, 09:08 AM   #7
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First one I build without a swing cost about $40-$50 including consumables. The one I am building now with a swing will run about $200 or so. If you figure in my labor at $7.00 an hour then it will cost about $23,456.00 more or less.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 09:30 AM   #8
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If you figure in my labor at $7.00 an hour then it will cost about $23,456.00 more or less.


Thats what I am worried about is having enough time to do it with everything else I have going on right now.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 06:12 PM   #9
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My approx build times...

Basic Front Bumper w/Pair of Clevis Mounts... 1hr
Add a winch hoop... additional 15 minutes


Basic Rear Bumper w/Clevis Mounts and 2" Receiver... 1hr 45min

Basic Rear w/Tire Carrier.. 6-7 hours (if I hussle).

Keep in mind that I "mass produce" my brackets, clevis mounts and other pieces.
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And your experience probably out weighs the occasional fabricator!
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Unread 04-04-2008, 07:50 PM   #11
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i have been building one this week at work in my spare time. i am building it from the plans that besrk put in his write up. great work by the way. all the steel was free from the scrap bin in the metal shop.all i had to buy was the latching and spindle,and bearing kit.
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