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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-22-2002, 09:26 AM
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What is the best way to do this?

Hello, I am making a pair of home made bumpers for my truck. I have the back one made. It is double tubed and I used some thick flat metal in the middle for my license plate. I am going to be making brackets for it tonight and am curious as to what the best way to mount it would be. Would it be to weld a few pieces of that thick flat metal to the back, and use that to bolt to? Or should I just bolt right through the tubing? I am looking for whatever will be strong! Any ideas on how I should mount this would be appreciated!

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Re: What is the best way to do this?

the way i have seen them is to weld heavy flat iron, like 1" x 4" vertically to back of the tube, and bolt it(or weld it) to the frame in a simalar fashion that stock bumpers are attached. my .02.
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Re: What is the best way to do this?

I'd use some 2" channel and hook it to the frame with two or three bolts per side. You want the bumper to give a little before the frame does. It's a lot easier to fix a bumper and body work than a bent frame tail. It's one of the main reasons GM's bumper brackets look so wimpy. If you've seen any that have been smashed they kind of fold up on themselves. I've seen quite a few in my days. In fact, the bumper on my truck is off my Dad's. It'd been hit from behind and the mounts were mangled but it kept the bumper from hitting the body work and my Dad didn't get whiplash. It did clean off the seat and knock the radar detector off the windshield.
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