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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I know it's been done before but I just had to share...

Total cost has been under $260 and I have steel left over for side steps and a front bumper.

King Metals
2x2x3/16-22ft $50
2x4x3/16-20ft $75

Southwestwheel.com
trailer spindle and 2" u-bolt kit total was ~$45

Home depot
grinding wheels, 3/16x1.5" strap, paint, 1/2" grade-8 bolts, washers, and nuts, safety pin, picture wire, and crimp-on ferrules. ~$50

Harbor Freight
Trailer hitch- $20

Oreilly's
Etching Primer $10

Donated material...
scraps of angle iron (personal stash)
36" of 2x3x3/16 (reinforce rear cross member)

Frame extension 2x4x3/16 - 4"


Fit the brackets


Spindle hinge with bolt flange removed


2" Hole for Spindle.


Brackets mounted and Bolted 1/2" x 3" grade 8 bolts.


Bumper mounted with hinge in place.
 

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I didn't get pics of the making of the tire mount. I used the stock mount flange and reinforced it with a u-bolt mounting plate the welded it to 2x2x3/16 tubing then bolted it to the 2x2x3/16 vertical from the swing arm using 2" square axle u-bolts. Here is a picture before paint and a close-up after.



 

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Latch assembly..

I used a 1/2" by 1" bolt with a washer and some rebar for a t handle.

I mounted a piece of angle to the bumper. Welded a piece of flat bar to the swing arm. Drilled a hole through the flat and the angle, put the bolt through the hole and welded the nut to the back of the angle iron. I then welded the washer with a notch in it to the bolt and drilled a hole to match the notch in the angle. I then welded a second piece of strap with a washer for a spacer to retain the bolt to the arm. I then welded 2 pieces of rebar to the bolt for a handle.



After Paint
 

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Looks good. Are you adding supports to the upright (to make an "A" frame type)?
I added that before the paint. I only added one side ... from the vertical to the hinge at a 30* angle. It got rid of almost all of the flex.
 

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I added that before the paint. I only added one side ... from the vertical to the hinge at a 30* angle. It got rid of almost all of the flex.
Right on! I just didn't see it in the pics...
 

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I added the hitch, reinforced the rear crossmember(2x3x3/16") and primed it...




This one shows the swing stop for the arm...
 

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Here is the finished product.. Rustoleum satin black with self etching primer underneath.



Latch, safety pin, and lanyard.


Reinforced arm


The tire mount again..
 

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I had to take off the tire to work on the fron bumper.. it fits in the garage better that way. While it was off I touched up some paint.



the latch assembly..

 

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Do you have any pics of the cross-member reinforcement? Does it seem to be holding up okay without frame tie-ins?
I added a 2x3x3/16" reinforcement between the 4" frame extensions. The frame extensions are 2x4x3/16" tubing. the bumper is bolted to the frame extensions with 4 - 1/2" grade 8 bolts and 3/16"x2" angle brackets.

The 2x3" tubing was really to tie the hitch to the frame. the welds holding the 2x4" tubing are more than enough to support the bumper and tire carrier. I figured the load of a trailer might be able to flex the bumper. I'm contemplating adding a center mount but to date there are no cracked welds.

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Did you weld the frame extensions directly to the crossmember? Or did you cut into the crossmember and weld right to the frame?

Or doesn't it matter because the crossmember is welded to the frame (I'm inside right now and can't verify).

Thanks for the quick reply!
 

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Sorry.. wrong thread. I filled and smoothed the front bumper today. Thanks for the kind words on the rear bumper. I'm planning on getting a high-lift and a couple of jerry cans. They, of course, will require additional fabrication :D:thumbsup:
 
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