Re: Pic2 - bumper
I haven't done anything special for "cooling." I put in a 3-core radiator when I dropped in the 360, but that's about it. There are no "performance" cooling parts involved. The Horse ran about 180-185, but then I installed a small tranny cooler in front of the radiator (which also has the built in tranny cooler), and now it runs about 190-195. I was very concerned about air flow, but there's not much I can do about it.
The bumper was on there when I got the Jeep. I love it, but the stupid @#^*^$ welded it, including along the frame. And right on over the OEM bumper's bolts. So I couldn't take it off even if I wanted to, unless I find someone with a really good torch.
It does have an opening for a winch fairlead, along with a ground clamp and bolt holes. I just need a Ramsey or something that can side-mount.
As for strength, well...I'm 3 for 3 against trees, and tied with a concrete wall I accidentally ran in to. It chipped the paint a little, but a section of the wall crumbled. Good thing the wall held - I was on the top of a 7 story parking garage!
'82 CJ-7/360/727/D300/M.O.R.E. shackles and lots of ideas!
Have you kissed your JEEP lately?