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Re: SpringTime in Sierras
No, the bumper isnt a Bulletproof MFG, I wish. they manufacture some very nice stuff, but very expensive. I have a picture of their rear bumper system on the wall in front of my desk in my Construction Trailer. But I finally decided on building my own using a Tomken that I already had as a starting point. The front is a Smittybilt. I cut the outside tubes off on an angle,(since they were smashed up like an aluminum can anyways), and welded a 1/4" steel plate on both ends. To mount the shackle brackets, 1/2" steel plates were welded to the front outside edges with 1/2 steel dowls welded through and attached to a 1/4" steel backing plate. I have the extra hook and shackles at the outside edges as an extra quick attachment point, but they are really there to protect the tow bar mounts,(with nothing in the mounts they were getting crushed, and unusable when I needed them to flat tow). The High Lift jack is mounted using through bolted "3/8" Beam Clamps"(electricians use them to mount conduit to structural steel beams) they are rock solid and cost about $3 each at an electrical supply. I beefed up the gussets wherever it looked weak, and I keep saying Im going to get around to welding a reciever hitch inside the lower tube. Its an extremely tough set up now,(I have landed HARD on the outside edges, many times, with no denting at all), I recoat it with a fresh coat of paint, over spray on truck bed liner, fairly often to prevent rust and keep it looking sharp. The front portion of the fenders were also cut away and and trimmed out due to the constant damage repairs required on them.
As far as the side receiver hitches ill take some pictures today and try to get more details. Here is a better picture with a little more light on the front bumper. I cant post really clear pictures due to the limited amount of bytes allowed.
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