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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-14-2003, 09:13 AM
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What thickness should the tubing I buy for my bumper project? any thoughts? I want it sturdy but not 16,000 lbs if possible.
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3/16th anything more is overkill. I had 1/4" on the WW2 and it was heavy and not needed.
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Allthe bumpers I made were 3/16". One front was 4x4 the other 2x4 and the rear 4x3. Thy are not too heavy. Jim
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Re: bumper tube thickness

I'll be the odd ball [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Every bumper I have ever made was 1/8" or .120 wall, I have never seen a reason to go any thicker. But then again I'm a weight nazi [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Well Bill you are odd, but I am not disagreeing with you! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] On the WW3 I am light. 1/8th is fine as long as you can find it.
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There is a good reason I have used 3/16. It was all given to me for FREE. And you know what they say "free is good". [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Jim
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Re: bumper tube thickness

I like 1/8 steel for my Zuk projects too. I had to have a pair of custom rock sliders fabbed up after I installed Trail Tough's rear spring hangers, because my Calmini sliders wouldn't work with them. The guy who made the sliders for me used 2x2x1/8 square tubing. They're thinner and lighter than the Calmini sliders, but I like them better. In an impact, I would rather have a slider that can crumple a bit and absorb some force, than an "indestructible" one that will just tear holes in my frame rail. My .02
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Re: bumper tube thickness

my front is 3/16 round tube or pipe the rear is stock for now.
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Re: bumper tube thickness

1/8" is adequate.
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Re: bumper tube thickness

I use .120 wall (~1/8") tube and 3/16" plate.
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