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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-31-2001, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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my custom front bumper-to-be

Since there was a recent post on front bumpers here's the one I've been tinkering around with... It's not etched in stone but I already have the base. the top bars and "pre-runner" bar will most likely be thicker. I'm just limited with my paintshop...

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Re: my custom front bumper-to-be

I am working on something too...

One of the problems that I see is the connection between the front of the frame and the front bumper itself. All there is are the four holes that hold the tie-down "hooks".

I am thinking of using a stout steel tube as a spacer that would go across the inside of the frame tube to better distribute the stress load across the front of the frame. Thus a bolt would pass through the bumper mounting bracket, through the outside wall of the frame tube, through the steel spacer and finally through the inside wall where a nut is attached (or some other appropriate combination since the holes are blind on one side of the frame -- I fergit which...)

Also, looking at someone else's home-made bumper, I noticed that it was not square with the ground when viewed from the side. This is because the frame takes a slight nosedive over the axle and continues at that angle to the very front end. So a mounting bracket must compensate for this angle to make the bumper "square" to the ground.

Lots of details to take into consideration...

Here's my attempt at a design. I am incorporating LEDs instead of light bulbs. I have mounted them in enclosed 2" x 4" 11-gage steel tube sections that are 1 - 3/4 inches deep for lighting. welding begins Sept 1...





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Re: my custom front bumper-to-be

Very nice design, but what are the "threaded mounting studs" going to be used for?

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Capn, looks good, but would be better if you had a winch on the front of it! That is if you want a winch on your front bumper! But, I do like the design of it!

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What happened to the other bumper??
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Re: my custom front bumper-to-be

what are the "threaded mounting studs" going to be used for?

Those are to attatch a tow bar to. I have a set of those also and am planning on incorporating them into the bumper directly in front of the where the mounting tabs attatch to the frame. I thought that they'd be a great place for mountnig those "D" rings with the screws in them when the tow bar is not being used.

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Re: my custom front bumper-to-be

The stud mounts are could be used for a brush guard on the front, a tire carrier on the back or an overhead carrier (like the one calmini sells that attaches to the body at the door hinges and around the tailgate...) I guess it also could be used for an awning frame for camping.

You never can have enough attach points - sorta like a Samurai Bumper designed by the Swiss Army Knife people.


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