Stopped by Eddie's shop this evening and ordered a front bumper.
Soo looking forward to getting a good looking bumper on the front. Of course, then I'll want to replace my rear bumper..
I was surprised to see him there on a Mon evening but I was stopping for gas and thought I'd swing thru the park and his door was open. saved me a PM on here. lol Talked for a few minutes, showed me some of his newer projects.
Pics to follow once I get it.
'06 TJ Yellow nothing special
'15 WK2 Limited Deep Cherry Red
'12 WK2 Laredo Black Wrecked
I'm posting this for a couple reasons. There is a lot of interest in this forum (including myself) on these bumpers and how they can be configured and what they look like set up. The second is to relate the experience I had working with Eddie (another forum member) during my build.
For background I needed a Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier on a '03 TJ. I wanted basically a full configuration, along with some customizations. I looked around and did comparisons for a number of weeks before deciding on GroundPounder Fab and their offerings. The below is what I ordered:
- Rear bumper w/ tire carrier (inc. 2" hitch)
- Frame Tie ins
- Lower corner protectors
- Antenna mount
- Shackle / Clevis mount points
- Gas can mounts (I didn't want the Blitz setup, so I found true Jerry cans and a lockable carrier which I shipped directly to Eddie for configuration)
- Axe / shovel mount
- Pair of Light tabs for my rear fog lamps
When I got the items unboxed here's what they looked like (minus the lower bumper portion, cause I got too excited and started painting it elsewhere). I've labeled the main parts for reference.
I did the recommendation of doing a pre-mount to ensure fit, as well as to mark the 4 additional holes recommended to be drilled in the frame aft of the gas tank for maximum tow support. I then degreased all the parts (do this right, you need a good base for your paint). Being from farm country I opted for an oilbased 'tractor paint' that I foam brushed a couple coats on. Not as pretty as rattle can, but certainly durable and IMO a lot easier to maintain when it gets gouged and scratched (which it will). After a couple days cure time I did the assembly.
Here are some perspectives of the full setup without any peripherals to see what it looks like.
Once done I started adding in my accessories (fog lights, jerry cans, shovel / axe mounts, shackles, etc). Here's what it then looks like:
See next post for my thoughts on the ordering process and build quality.
That a neat bumper. I bet it would come in handy for camping trips.
I couldn't be more happy with my bumpers! Since Eddie builds all his bumpers, each one has just the features you want for your particular use -- for example, he added light tabs to my rear bumper for my backup lights.
That is exactly what I am looking for. Did he do that tube work on there??
Yes, but he made it a perfect fit with the grill and fenders. So I had to go to his shop for final welding of the grill hoop/stinger support bars. It's no problem for me because I live only a couple hours away. Maybe you'd be able to get him to bend the tube/cut it to length and get it welded on locally? PM/Email him and see if you can come up with something