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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2000, 12:28 PM
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Bumper thickness

What is considered a good wall thickness for bumpers? 1/8", 3/16", 1/4"?

Is one thickness good for most stuff (ex: bumpers, rocker guards, tire carrier, ect)?

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Re: Bumper thickness

My thoughts...

Bumpers: I'd say not less than 3/16(.188), 1/4(.250) is getting pretty heavy. I suppose it depends on whether you are going with tubular, channel or angle and what you plan to do with the bumper as far as accessories. Same with tire carrier.

Rocker panels: I say the thicker the better. In addition, to ground protection, it also provides some side impact protection if connected to frame.



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Re: Bumper thickness

My front bumper is an aftermarket stainless steel one that's about 1/8". My rear one is 1/4" "C" channel. I can jack the jeep up from anywhere on the rear; the front I try to stay as close to the frame as I can. I guess the answer to your question is "it depends". I wouldn't go that heavy for a tire carrier, that's a lot of extra weight. 1/8" or a little thicker would work; that's what the factory ones are only 1/8".

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Re: Bumper thickness

I'm running 1/4"x2"x4" bumpers front/rear and would say the 1/4" is excessive, if I built them again I would go with 3/16
- For C-Channel bumpers I think I would go with 1/4"

What do you think about tubes? 1/8?

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Re: Bumper thickness

mine are made from C8x11.5 steel. nothing will bother them.



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Re: Bumper thickness

I just bought 9 feet of 4"x4" 1/4" angle iron for rocker protection. That stuff is HEAVY, I'd say too heavy for bumpers.

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Re: Bumper thickness

Hey WILL, I was thinking of building a brush guard like yours when I do the winch mount. Does it interfere with your lighting much?

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Re: Bumper thickness

here's a little more straight on shot of the grill guard. i am the third owner and don't know who the first owner is or who built the guard. it's just made from 1/4" x 2" plates. they have about a 9" square opening in front of each headlight, so the lighting isn't affected at all. i also have one light mounted under the front bumper and one on the skid plate to see the trail at night.


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