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Unread 03-14-2011, 06:40 PM   #1276
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Mike, nice work on the plates. Thanks for the details; I picked up some general tips. I especially like the use of the small angle peices as beef ups.

Everyone seems to dis the Harbor Freight 220v MIG, but you've done some great work with it.
Thanks Jody. I wish that piece of angle iron for the caps was 2" instead of 1.5" but now that it is on there, it is not coming off. That welder has around 30# of wire through it so far and still running strong. For $140 shipped to my door, it sure has been a great purchase. If I stumble across a Miller or the like for a good deal I will upgrade but for now I can't do anything but sing its' praises.


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Mike you're getting so much done it's like you're on a quest!! I like the braces. They turned out great!! I think what you've done there is eliminated any chance of tearing the bumper, clevis mounts or winch off the frame. Great job.

Hey have you thought about adding a front reciever to the bumper like what's on the back. It might be handy down the road sometime. Also I was looking at how the bottom of the bumper is below the frame, is there a way to incorporate a skid in the bumper for your steering box? Looks like you have the room.
Thanks Jim. Yeah, I think if my bumper ever gets ripped off I'll be looking for a new frame.

I hadn't thought about adding a front receiver but now you have the wheels churning in my head. Trying to think of when I would ever need one in the front since the winch is hard mounted up there.

A skid for the steering box is an interesting idea too. Would you have it solely mounted off the bumper or try to incorporate it into the steering box mount? I went out and looked at it for a couple minutes and had welding on the brain but now I'm wondering if a removable skid might be a better idea, one that would bolt to the bottom of the bumper and maybe share one of the lower bolts on the steering box mount.

Hey, how am I ever supposed to get this thing done when you keep giving me more ideas and things to fab?

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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:04 PM   #1277
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Thanks Jim. Yeah, I think if my bumper ever gets ripped off I'll be looking for a new frame.

I hadn't thought about adding a front receiver but now you have the wheels churning in my head. Trying to think of when I would ever need one in the front since the winch is hard mounted up there.

A skid for the steering box is an interesting idea too. Would you have it solely mounted off the bumper or try to incorporate it into the steering box mount? I went out and looked at it for a couple minutes and had welding on the brain but now I'm wondering if a removable skid might be a better idea, one that would bolt to the bottom of the bumper and maybe share one of the lower bolts on the steering box mount.

Hey, how am I ever supposed to get this thing done when you keep giving me more ideas and things to fab?
I'm thinking a front receiver would come in handy if you ever want to haul something long, like maybe a canoe. You could build a rack that slips into both receivers that were made like a T then you could just slide it over the top. I'm doing that on mine and if you wanted to haul light material or maybe an extension ladder you'd have a way to do it.

I think the steering box skid ought to be a bolt on item and I'd definately tie it to the steering box mount too.

Mike this is only fair that I extend your fabbed parts. You've made upgrades all along that have added to my list of things to do on mine. Besides this is the fun stuff to do.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:28 PM   #1278
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Man, you guys are making me want to go weld something!!!! I like the gussets mike!!!
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Unread 03-14-2011, 09:29 PM   #1279
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nice job Mike...
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I'm thinking a front receiver would come in handy if you ever want to haul something long, like maybe a canoe. You could build a rack that slips into both receivers that were made like a T then you could just slide it over the top. I'm doing that on mine and if you wanted to haul light material or maybe an extension ladder you'd have a way to do it.

I think the steering box skid ought to be a bolt on item and I'd definately tie it to the steering box mount too.

Mike this is only fair that I extend your fabbed parts. You've made upgrades all along that have added to my list of things to do on mine. Besides this is the fun stuff to do.
You could always use the clevis as mounting points for extra bracketry for a Canoe, but I agree that a 2" receiver hitch would be a good add. A front mounted bike rack would be my choice of accessory, though. That's a little harder to make work in the clevis(es?)
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Unread 03-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #1281
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At this point I think you guys might have me talked into adding a 2" receiver. I see they are only about $20 and the rack idea is practicle. I've been thinking about picking up a kayak. I'm not sure about how it's going to look but if there was ever a time to add one, the time is now.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 06:47 AM   #1282
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At this point I think you guys might have me talked into adding a 2" receiver. I see they are only about $20 and the rack idea is practicle. I've been thinking about picking up a kayak. I'm not sure about how it's going to look but if there was ever a time to add one, the time is now.
Good choice.

It'll look right at home on the CJ. They're meant to be practical all purpose machines.
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Mike: That's just fanTABulous!
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Came across your build thread from another thread (it was referenced as the best build on JF, and I AGREE). I've spent the past two days at work reading every page, needless to say I need to get back to work to catch up! This has been a great read and is giving me the confidence to do some things myself instead of paying a shop to do it. Awesome work and I can't wait to see it done! Well done sir!


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Thanks for the comments Sonic, Mike and Copper.

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Came across your build thread from another thread (it was referenced as the best build on JF, and I AGREE). I've spent the past two days at work reading every page, needless to say I need to get back to work to catch up! This has been a great read and is giving me the confidence to do some things myself instead of paying a shop to do it. Awesome work and I can't wait to see it done! Well done sir!

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Thanks for taking the time to read through the thread. The best build on JF huh? I'd like to see where that is referenced.

There are a lot if nice rigs and intelligent people on this forum, I'm just glad to be a contributing member and to share ideas with other Jeeper's. I don't venture away from the CJ Forum much. I hit the build and fab sections every once in a while and I also make it to the TJ section but that's mainly to see jeepsterjc's hybrid Scrambler build. It's not that I don't like the other Jeeps it's just that there are only so many hours in a day and the CJ's hold my passion so that's where I hang out. Glad to see other Jeeper's venture to the CJ Forum to check out our antiques.

Thanks again for taking the time to read through the thread and post your feedback.
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Well done, Mike. Well thought out.
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Mike, can you post the link to the hybrid scrambler build? Couldn't find it and I love the '8s!!
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Unread 03-16-2011, 09:56 PM   #1289
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More Bumper Mods

With the bumper originally installed mainly by the 3/8" angle iron, I had always used those to make sure the bumper was in the correct position before making all of my other winch plate and clevis modifications. I needed to keep that 3/8" angle in there for the proper gaping since it was on the inside of the winch plate's front legs.

I reinstalled the 3/8" angle iron attached as it originally was.


Here is a shot of the driver's side. As Jim mentioned before, I probably could have shaved those edges down a little more.


With the bumper installed and the brackets neutralized and tightened down, I went ahead and tack welded the brackets to the bumper. I pulled the bumper off the Jeep and finished welding the angle iron to the bumper. I think that should hold it.


A picture of the driver's side all welded up.


No more holes in the bumper face.


One more picture of the entire driver's side mount. I have a feeling if the bumper ever gets ripped off, I'll also be looking for a new frame.


Think about how much the clamping force of those components would stiffen up a 1/8" thick frame rail. If you need to stiffen up a long rectangle, which two beams are the most important? The ones on the ends, I think I've got that covered.

I don't know how much this thing weighs but between the bumper, mounting plate and winch, my back and legs hurt on Monday from moving them around last weekend. I hope the front of the Jeep doesn't sag too much. Hopefully my Ground Pounder Fab rear bumper with a spare tire will help even out the weight at both ends. Those mods are worth a half mile to the gallon.
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Unread 03-17-2011, 06:30 AM   #1290
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Great idea Mike. I have a feeling you're enjoying this part.
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