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rover67
03-08-2008, 07:02 PM
don't know if you guys want to see it, but i am kinda stoked so i'm posting it...

the 4+ bumpers are waaaay too exoensive, but i liked the look, so i went and bought a ton of steel (thanks fo rthe reccomendation guys, altitude rocks) and started on my own version.

today i actually got somewhere.

pics of the white truck with the black bumper are what i am copying.

:D:D

rover67
03-08-2008, 07:04 PM
i just realized my truck looks like crap compaired to that white one...

oh, and sorry for the poor quality, its my phone camera...

bskey
03-08-2008, 07:14 PM
Looks like a great start. I look forward to watching your progress!

Hulk
03-09-2008, 12:32 PM
Very cool! Time to buy a digital camera!

rover67
03-09-2008, 07:15 PM
I have a digital camera, but I left it at work this weekend...

so, quick question... and i think i know what the answer is, but i'll ask anyways.

How important is it that the fairlead be centered on where the winch cable comes out? if i put it centered, the fairlead hangs a little bit (about an inch) below where the bumper starts to tuck under... now i am tempted to get a synthetic rope so i can run a less tall fairlead. one if those aluminum ones would probably fit better... plus my cable looks like it got kinda flattened in one spot.

-Marco

Convert
03-09-2008, 08:17 PM
Looks like a great start a bumper build is a very rewarding project :thumb:

rover67
03-09-2008, 08:42 PM
more progress.. she'll have to sit untill next weekend.

Rezarf
03-09-2008, 09:12 PM
What does that thing weigh? :eek: Looks BEEFY, I like it! :D

rover67
03-09-2008, 09:26 PM
i don't know.. right now i can pick it up myself and move it around easily. maybe 30-40pounds so far?

corsair23
03-09-2008, 10:24 PM
How important is it that the fairlead be centered on where the winch cable comes out? if i put it centered, the fairlead hangs a little bit (about an inch) below where the bumper starts to tuck under... now i am tempted to get a synthetic rope so i can run a less tall fairlead. one if those aluminum ones would probably fit better... plus my cable looks like it got kinda flattened in one spot.

-Marco

Marco,

Bumper is looking great :thumb:

I assume you are asking about centered top/bottom vs. left/right? I would say you should get it as close to "center" as possible realizing that the center point moves depending on much cable/rope is reeled out vs. how much is sitting on the drum. Maybe shoot for a happy median?

As for fairleads...I like my Slee version but now I wish I had the offset one Christo is making to go with my ARB bumper (wasn't available back when). If you end up deciding to go with rope and an aluminum fairlead and like Slee's version let me know. I wouldn't mind swapping mine out for an offset version.

Beater
03-10-2008, 07:06 AM
you can also rock stainless for a fairlead, and do both rope and wire that way. cut your hole out, and line the edges of the hole with stainless 3/8ths rod.

j

rover67
03-10-2008, 03:14 PM
Hey Jeff, I'll buy that Hawse fairlead from you.. I am pretty sure i am going to go that route... it'll be a better setup in th eend and my cable does need to be replaced..

rover67
03-15-2008, 08:54 PM
Got a lot farther today... here are some pictures..

next step is to weld the backside of all the joints and grind a bit to make her look niiiice. can't decide whether or not to get it powder coated.

rover67
03-15-2008, 08:58 PM
ok, feel silly, cant get the pics to upload

Rezarf
03-15-2008, 10:49 PM
Impressive! That right there looks like a lot of work! :thumb:

Drew

rover67
03-15-2008, 11:19 PM
more pics..

corsair23
03-16-2008, 04:57 PM
Impressive! That right there looks like a lot of work! :thumb:

Drew

x2 Very nice :thumb:

rover67
03-16-2008, 09:28 PM
ok, i think i'm done. may do the tubes on top but i am going to get some lights first and see how they fit before cutting and bending tube (thanks to the graciuosness of kimmel this may be an option! :) ). I am happy with how it turned out... and the used winch i bought works!!

Hulk
03-16-2008, 09:33 PM
Looks professionally built! Very nice!

Rezarf
03-16-2008, 09:42 PM
Looks professionally built! Very nice!

x2!

Very impressive, you could go into business... if you wanted to give up every weekend and evening... forever. :D

Great job!:thumb:

Jacket
03-16-2008, 09:56 PM
Very nicely done! :beer:

calphi27
03-17-2008, 07:35 AM
Man that thing is slick! What did the materials end up costing you?

subzali
03-17-2008, 07:40 AM
Looks great Marco! :thumb:

rover67
03-17-2008, 08:54 AM
thanks guys!!

Materials were probably around 160 or so for the steel, 50 bucks for the clevis's and 1" thick tow points via ebay, and 60 or so bucks for welding gas and wire. not too bad. I got the steel at Altitude per Drew's suggestion and found what i needed in the scrap pile (4x8x1/4" tubing, 1/2" plate and 3/8" plate) :beer:

rover67
03-17-2008, 01:14 PM
you guys think i should box in the "wing" sections of the bumper? think it'll be strong enough the way it is? it is made out of 1/4" instead of the 4+ bumper which is 3/16"..

PPFJ60
04-08-2009, 11:02 AM
Marco,

Nice bumper! I just built a front and rear for my 60 as well.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/60-series-wagons/275550-just-another-bumper-build.html

Filling in the backside of the bumper could finish it off some and would add a little strenght but I would guess it wouldn't really need it. I am waiting for a few parts for a tube bender I am building so I can add some tubes to my bumper as well. If you need some tubes bent up let me know.

Chuck

rover67
04-08-2009, 06:30 PM
I may box it off before moab to have air tanks on both sides. It has proven to be pretty damn strong the way it is though... Maybe a tube across the top would be a good way to get the two sides connected pneumatically.

Your bumper looks good.. I like the rear quarter trim as well.

Rzeppa
04-09-2009, 06:04 PM
Sweet! I love it. A lot of work, and very nicely done!