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Unread 06-09-2011, 03:43 AM   #1
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Home Built Front Bumper

My buddy and I decided to build a front bumper for my 98 TJ. I had previously had the ARB front bull bumper and didn't like the tire approach it offered and how heavy it was and wanted to go with something drastically different.

After discussing what I wanted we decided to go with a stinger and grill hoop combo. Looked around online and found the Rokmen Mercenary GT and really liked the look of it.

List of things still to come:

End caps with holes to accommodate Currie Anti-Rock system
Steering box skid plate
Radiator Skid plate
Gussets on outside corners of grill hoop for strength
Braces to tie the stinger to the grill hoop for added integrity
Winch plate (once I get a winch)

Here is our first home built bumper. Any and all criticism is welcome as well as suggestions. Hope you guys like it!!

Grill Hoop


Again...


Hoop + Stinger


Only my second time ever welding... I was pretty proud of these welds!!


Front plate on


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Unread 06-09-2011, 04:47 AM   #2
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Looks awesome now you need a winch
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Unread 06-09-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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looks great... can you pm me some pics of the Z car ?
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Unread 06-09-2011, 09:28 AM   #4
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Nice work, who bent the tube?
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Unread 06-09-2011, 10:39 AM   #5
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Nice work, who bent the tube?
My friend and I. These are our first bends and it took two trys on the grill hoop because we had the axis off but we got it
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Unread 06-09-2011, 10:47 AM   #6
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Nice work!!!! Maybe some supports between the stinger and the main hoop? That stinger will just fold back on a big hit.... keep up the great work


Edit: Already see that in your plans.... Need to start reading, then look at pics.
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Unread 06-09-2011, 11:22 AM   #7
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Nice work!!!! Maybe some supports between the stinger and the main hoop? That stinger will just fold back on a big hit.... keep up the great work

Edit: Already see that in your plans.... Need to start reading, then look at pics.
Yup, we were going to do it right away bbut the damn trigger on his welder broke and we weren't able to... though I drove up to a street pole and put the front of the stinger on there and it lifted the front of the jeep of the ground so it is pretty strong
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Unread 06-09-2011, 11:34 AM   #8
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Your Jeep has eyeballs,there's a homeless guy in pic # 12 and there's a large rat sleeping in your Jeep.
p.s. How much shipped to Va.I like it.
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Unread 06-09-2011, 11:55 AM   #9
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Your Jeep has eyeballs,there's a homeless guy in pic # 12 and there's a large rat sleeping in your Jeep.
p.s. How much shipped to Va.I like it.
LOL the eyeballs are HIDs!

The homeless guy is the mastermind!! And thats an 80 pound rat!! Holy ****!!!

PM me if your serious and we can figure out how much it would be. It is going to take us a week or so more to complete this one and I'll let you make a final decision when you see the finished project
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Unread 06-09-2011, 12:26 PM   #10
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Awesome. What thickness steel?
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What are your tires, wheels and lift? Your profile says 31x10.5 but it looks like you've upgraded. I like the whole package (including the bumper). Looks built for real work.
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Unread 06-09-2011, 02:35 PM   #12
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Awesome. What thickness steel?
The plate is 3/16 and the tube is 1.75 dom

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What are your tires, wheels and lift? Your profile says 31x10.5 but it looks like you've upgraded. I like the whole package (including the bumper). Looks built for real work.
yea i upgraded... the tires are 33x12.5 Goodyear Wrangler Dura-trac... Awesome tires, self clean really well, great street performance, sticky, good sidewalls. I love these tires. The wheels are just your basic 15s. Lift is still the 2.5 OME lift with some trimming on the flender fares...

I am going for exactly that. It is function over form. Basically I want to build it to drive there be beat on and drive home
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