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Unread 07-23-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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Cj5 front bumper ideas

We are coming to the point in our build that we need to decide on the front bumper very soon. I would love to see and hear your ideas on what would look good and you guys have had good experience with.

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Unread 07-23-2011, 09:58 AM   #2
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I like the stock bumper. I am in the process of removing the
PO piece of **** front bumper and installing a stock bumper.
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Unread 07-23-2011, 10:04 AM   #3
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Unread 07-23-2011, 10:39 AM   #4
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I would contact Bersk here on the forum. Several of us using his stuff. Great quality & good pricing.
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Unread 07-23-2011, 02:07 PM   #5
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I sent him am IM, I hope to hear from him.

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Unread 07-23-2011, 05:45 PM   #6
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I am going to get a stock looking chrome bumper(but with holes cus I already have one), and chop it into a shorty to look good with my tube fenders.
Then get a Bersk winch plate.
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Unread 07-23-2011, 07:07 PM   #7
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I'm still in the thinking stage as well. I'm not really impressed with what’s out there for CJ's and what is out there is heavy and expensive. So I’ve been thinking about making one myself but my welding skills aren’t that great, especially with aluminum which I think would be ideal. This is what I've decided so far. In order to reduce weight, I think, I will go with 1/8”-3/16" thick aluminum 2x4 rectangular tubing. If I were to attach something to the Jeep it would be to the frame not the bumper so a thick steel bumper, to me, is unnecessary weight. The end caps are not structurally important so I’ve decided to use aluminum brazing rods to cap the ends so I can avoid having to pay someone to heliarc them. The bumper will be attached with steel brackets and bolted to both bumper and inner frame, again to avoid heliarc costs. I will then have someone weld a 1/4" thick steel strap that will wrap around the bumper and attach to the top and bottom of the frame with bolts. On the strap I will have D-rings welded. I believe this idea would give strength only where needed and reduce weight significantly. It’s just an idea for now. I haven’t implemented it yet. Any feedback on something I may have overlooked would be appreciated.
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Unread 07-23-2011, 08:30 PM   #8
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I did mine out of 2x4x3/16 steel box, 52" long, and cut a 45 on the ends and capped them. I made 1x2 solid D-ring mounts that go all the way through the bumper and bolt into the frame rails. I did it with my el-cheapo stick welder and it turned out alright.
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Unread 07-23-2011, 09:53 PM   #9
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I's be leery of the aluminum/steel idea, depending on how long you want it to last. Any time you have aluminum in contact with steel, you will get corrosion between the two dislike metals. If left alone, it will build up a thick layer of corrosion that can bend the metals as it gets thicker.
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Unread 07-23-2011, 10:21 PM   #10
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I had tow hooks welded on and just put d-rings through them....stole the idea from a buddy....I love it!!!
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Unread 07-23-2011, 11:04 PM   #11
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I's be leery of the aluminum/steel idea, depending on how long you want it to last. Any time you have aluminum in contact with steel, you will get corrosion between the two dislike metals. If left alone, it will build up a thick layer of corrosion that can bend the metals as it gets thicker.
Good point. I didn't think of that. If I seperate it with a ceramic paint or powder coat it should solve that issue.
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Unread 07-25-2011, 12:10 PM   #12
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I cut the ends off flush at the froma and notched them so the would fit on the sides. Of the frame and welded it all solid.
Between the front bumper and the crossmember is not box in so it made it a lot stronger

I went to my local semi truck salvage yard and got 2 front tow hooks off a centure class freightliner. Drilled 2 holes in each side of the frame used grade 8 bolts and welded the hooks and spacer plates to the frame. Its looks very professional and only costs about 40 bucks and took 2 hours!!!!!!
They are also very tough, I got snatched out of a hole by a huge truck after sinking it up to the frame several times at a mud bogg
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Unread 07-25-2011, 12:39 PM   #13
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I bought some Blue Torch Fab shorties and had them chromed.

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Unread 07-25-2011, 05:43 PM   #14
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Maybe not what you want. Just throwin it out there.

A kind of a "Besrk "inspired piece. He will hook you up





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Unread 07-25-2011, 05:50 PM   #15
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I made one out of a big truck leaf spring. cheap,rugged, and kinda cool. this pic is a before pic of my jeep, i have sandblasted this and put a plate mount in the middle, the coated it with herculiner (the best paint on body liner period). this bumper weighs about 30 lbs, it's rugged!!!! will try to post some after pics. i think you would like it

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