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Nay
12-23-2007, 03:51 PM
I spent about 8 hours with Jim yesterday fabbing up a new tube bumper for my 80. It ended up different and better than my original design. Brackets are welded to the frame, bumper is welded to the bracket.

We had fun figuring out the angles on the second bend of the main tube to wrap around the sides, and managed to get it exact side to side. Jim really nailed that with the tube bender :thumb:

It's white now as I've primed it only - will be painted black (I'll need to mask the front end so I don't make any more of a mess :hill:

Jim is going to weld in a 5" plate on the face of the brackets and frame rails, which will act as a bit of a slider if ever needed, clean up the look of the open frame rails, and most importantly protect those low hanging cooler lines.

I think the look turned out perfect for my 80. My wife loves the stinger look and since it's a gift from her I had to go for it :beer:, and I think it's still Toyota all the way.

2" .120 wall should be more than enough strength, and it's all tucked up tight to the sides. Thanks to SROR and Merry Christmas :cheers:

AxleIke
12-23-2007, 04:22 PM
Looks AWESOME man!

Also looks like you got a little overspray there! :D

bskey
12-23-2007, 07:10 PM
Looks great..... and I like it white!

Bikeman
12-23-2007, 08:49 PM
Looks great, Nay! It's about time people start fabbing lightweight, functional armor to an already heavy vehicle.

Tubing has been proven over many years in motorsports to be stong and lightweight at the same time.

My front and rear tube bumpers weigh only about 30-40lbs more than the stock crap.

I am happy Mr. T did not put crumple zones on the front of the 80's frames. It makes it alot easier to fab up and tuck in a bumper.

Nay, when you fab your rear bumper, I assume you will cut down the frame rails a few inches to geta better departure angle?

nuclearlemon
12-23-2007, 09:49 PM
lookes awesome!!! jim does some great work!!!

Nay
12-23-2007, 11:16 PM
Nay, when you fab your rear bumper, I assume you will cut down the frame rails a few inches to geta better departure angle?

Yep - when I bought my 80 I was committed to no extra weight and gaining clearance without excessive lift. I've been down that road on my previous rig and never again. This bumper doesn't weigh any more than the stock tinfoil and plastic it replaces.

I won't do anything but tube due to the strength to weight ratio - the rear bumper on the 80 will be more interesting, but can also be tucked in without adding material weight even with a tire carrier. I figure I can trim in the frame, plate the frame at a "slider" departure angle, and end up with the approach departure angles close to a 6"+ lift on my 3.5" lift. Of course, all the low hanging breakover angle stuff is what gets me anyway :hill:.

What I want to do on the rear is keep the Slee receiver I have mounted in the stock "bumper", but pull it in a bit while keeping a tube design. That will be an interesting project.

Of note, my AC dryer is relocated into the engine bay (JDM), so that allowed some design freedom on a '95.

The white primer color is really growing on me...:D. Jim really did a great job - amazing to see that kind of commitment at what are really below market prices, especially on the Saturday before Christmas :cheers:

RLMS
12-23-2007, 11:46 PM
it was good to meet you sat. The bumper looks great BTW. Happy Trails:thumb:

RockRunner
12-23-2007, 11:58 PM
Great looking unit, i vote for white................if I have a vote ;-)

Nay
12-24-2007, 12:22 AM
it was good to meet you sat. The bumper looks great BTW. Happy Trails:thumb:

Good to meet you, too.

I think the white is staying...just a coincidence that the primer was white and now I'm really liking it...

White on White is supposed to be outdated :hill:

Nay
12-24-2007, 01:30 AM
Great looking unit, i vote for white................if I have a vote ;-)

All votes count - so far...white it is :D

Uncle Ben
12-24-2007, 08:20 AM
Good to meet you, too.

I think the white is staying...just a coincidence that the primer was white and now I'm really liking it...

White on White is supposed to be outdated :hill:

So are tube bumpers but that looks awesome! ;):thumb:

SROR/AKA 2BAD
12-24-2007, 09:30 AM
tube is back!

it's the old smitty-built 3" bumpers that are out dated :thumb:

Bikeman
12-24-2007, 09:53 AM
Here is what I've done on the front. It looks like you've 45'ed the frame channels like me, and here is what I've done to the rear. I made a new crossmember out of 2"x4" 3/16" wall rectangular stock and added the tube to it, with a runner to the frame on the sides, of course. Your're right about having the equivalent or better depart. angle than a truck with 6" and an aftermarket bumper (not that those are bad).
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RockRunner
12-24-2007, 12:19 PM
Good to meet you, too.

I think the white is staying...just a coincidence that the primer was white and now I'm really liking it...

White on White is supposed to be outdated :hill:


I think that is only after Labor Day, or if you weigh less than 2 tons :thumb:

Looks like it will be a WHITE Christmas present after all for you :D

bskey
12-24-2007, 04:00 PM
tube is back!

it's the old smitty-built 3" bumpers that are out dated :thumb:


Dang it! I am so behind the trends!

Chris
12-24-2007, 05:34 PM
it's the old smitty-built 3" bumpers that are out dated :thumb:

Peer pressure forced me to give up my mighty smitty-built! :lmao:

Myredyota
12-24-2007, 07:20 PM
tube is back!

it's the old smitty-built 3" bumpers that are out dated :thumb:

Bah Humbug!:rant: I am not giving mine up till it gets unusable and unrecognizable.