Originally Posted by MUDY-TJ
What type of Welder do all you guy's use to make your bar work ?
Arc ? Mig ? Tig ?
Do yo trust your weld's to bare the weight of lifting your Jeep .
eg: would you lift your Jeep via the front or rear bar using your Highlift jack ?
I trust my welds. I'm experenced with a mig as I use it a fair amount at work, but I've also fabricated a lot of parts for turbo cars. I tig also, but just not anything as big as a bumper, haha. I really only tig stuff that is small and air/water tight, if I can help it ( or if its stainless ).
The attechment points of the bumper to the jeep are weaker than prob. any one part of any of the bumpers we've posted up lately on the last few pages. I think the underside tie-ins to the frame are really important in the rear b/c the rear bumper attechment points are thin little steel. I used 1/4'' steel to tie my bumper into the bottom of the frame in the rear.
I put so much sweat and time into the rear bumper I built, I said I'd never do it again, its worth the $350 to buy one to me, haha. $22 per 35 hours = over $700. Lucky for me, I did it on the clock, that also meant I had to hammer down before/after working on my bumper. Its also nice to use the shops consumables ( grinder wheels etc ). Plasma cutter is nice too.
As far as welds go, I've already tested mine on my front bumper to my 5.0 conversion 02' jeep when the 4.0L died.
Its part warn winch bumper with some REAL recovery points. We snatched my TJ home for about 35miles with it....