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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-22-2001, 06:42 PM
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Front bumper project(pics)

Well, I decided to join the rest of the veterans here and start building my own sh[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]t. I got help from one of my 4X buddies(thanks Lloyd). So far, I've paid $92 for it. I had the tow hooks and I bought the winch mount. I decided to make it a one piece for easy removal. It bolts on the top/bottom frame rails. THe hooks don't take TOO much approach angle away because of the spring mounts right behind it. THey also serve as "feelers" so I won't damage the steering box. I'll be finishing it up this weekend and see if it'll hold air. Then I'll see about powder-coating it.
Tell me what you guys think.

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Re: Front bumper project(pics)

Here's another...

'94 YJ Pro-Comp Coil-over kit. 33's
....and a lot more to be done!
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Re: Front bumper project(pics)

...and another

'94 YJ Pro-Comp Coil-over kit. 33's
....and a lot more to be done!
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-22-2001, 10:29 PM
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Re: Front bumper project(pics)

Hey thanks!

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 06:13 AM
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Re: Front bumper project(pics)

looks good.. not sure on those tow hooks.. only held on by one bolt?

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Re: Front bumper project(pics)

...Yeah, I had to cut the tow hook in half. There's the one bolt and then welded to the bumper. THink it'll hold up?

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2001, 01:29 AM
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No way, man. That one bolt holding the hook on is not a good idea.....think about it.

You reduced mounting strength by WELL over 50%. You lost one bolt (50%) and now, since only the bolt nearest to the hook is the only one in place, using a winch hook or a tow strap on that hook is going to cause a rotational moment about the hoks plane of rotation which will subsequently try to yank out the bolt, further weakening your wetup. If the rear bolt were in place, it would have a larger lever arm to the hook's trying to rotat, and would hold better. You can leave them on for looks, or for "feelers" But DON'T use them as pull points!! (think what that hook would do to anything in its path flying at 200 mph!)

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post #8 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2001, 04:08 AM
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Re: Front bumper project(pics)

it is also a pita to have your hooks downward. straps don't like to stay one them. on a other note aint it fun building your own stuff? sure beats paying for the bolt on stuff. i'm not the best fabricator in the world but my stuff usually works and building is almost as fun as wheeling to me.

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Re: Front bumper project(pics)

Paulee

Good lookin` Bumper . So what did you use . 2 x 4 -3/16" ?



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post #10 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2001, 11:50 PM
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Looks good. I am not so sure that the single attachment is any worse than any of the expensive aftermarket bumpers, they mostly use the stock mounting locations. I would beef up your attachment to the frame if you want to use the bumper as a pull point. If the bumper is solid on the frame, the welded hooks will hold, probably until the bumper deforms. There are always trade offs with a custom bumper. Often, with a bumper that functions well off-road, it is tougher than the frame, and the frame becomes the weak point, you just have to decided which is the higher priority, off-road toughness, impact absorbtion.

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