Okie, so I'm working on the rear tire carrier after getting my front bumper done.
Now comes the mounting procedure for the rear-bumper.
On the http://www.jeepfabrication.com/
site they suggest this approach.
Which seems like a great idea, strong, reliable and properly tied into the frame.
ONLY. This involves hacking off the rear cross member right?
So then I proposed (to myself) that I would just lop off the ends of the rear cross member, (That sticks out past the frame rails.) and bolt on like they do in the picture.
ONLY. The rear-most body mounts are in the way.. So. I can't chop away the vertical peice and go under the body mounts, because that would leave them hanging on an unsupported 1/8" angle iorn.
How do I do this without too much hacking and fabbing?
Is the version in the pic, with the rear body mounts attached to the bumper mount the only way? Should I leave the rear cross member on, chop the ends off and follow the picture?
Can I do something else that will be just as strong?
Does it have to be 1/4" or 3/16"? (The mounts?)
I'm confident in my 1/8" welding skills, but 1/4" is sketchy with my underpowered welder..
So, what will hold and what will fold?
To recap. (As per TR's posts.)
Is the pic the only way to do it?
Can I use 1/8" not 1/4"?
Crossmember off or on?
Gimme some straight answers too. None of this.. "well, it's up to you."
Put it this way..
I'm going 80kmh down the highway and your in persuit of me, there's a 33" mud-terrain, hi-lift, shovel, 2 jerry cans and an axe on the back. Do you want the mounts in 1/4" welded shoddly.. or 1/8" soundly?
Howd's that for a comprehensive TR style post?