View Full Version : Getting Rear Bumper Brackets straight

09-28-2008, 09:17 PM
I found a rear bumper with a 2" receiver that will let me put on my bike rack. I sanded off the old red paint, primed it and painted it black. I put it up on the rear for a mock-up fit.

Looks good, but it does cover the tail lamps a bit. The bracket arms are not straight and do not fit flush against the frame. I will have to drill some holes in the frame to mount and it seems like a good thing to have the brackets straight as I mark the holes. The gap on the bottom of the bracket seems pretty big.

I was looking to get some ideas/input from you all. If I mark the holes, drill and mount it up - will the bolts have enough umph to straighten things out? If not, how does one go about bending these up? I have one of those propane torches and a yellow bfh, is this enough or do I need a forge, anvil and Popeye forearms?

09-28-2008, 10:13 PM
I would not drill the x member unless you really have to. I would open the holes if needed on the bumper and use the bolts to suck it on straight.

09-29-2008, 07:35 AM
what wes said. Me? I'd find someone in the club with a plasma or oxy-fuel, cut off the brackets, mount the brackets to the vehicle, then fit the tube back on.

09-29-2008, 10:12 PM
Spacers where the bolts will mount on the bottom.

01-12-2009, 01:13 PM
LOOKS like a TPI bumper...

TPI bumper (http://www.tpi4x4.com/Bumpers1_4.html)

01-12-2009, 04:43 PM
I have that same bumper on my 40...I beleive it's the old Conferr tube bumper. Mine is one with what seems like bolts that are too small...but that's another story. Mine seems to match up perfectly, mine's a 77, though. I know...no help.

01-12-2009, 05:07 PM
I don't know what manufacturer built it originally. I picked it up from cragslist so that I could put a bicycle rack on my FJ40.

I did end up drilling to make the holes. My recollection was that the bolts used seemed smaller than I would like but they are all grade 8 and there are eight total attaching it to the frame. The attachment arms were not straight, but as I tighened everything up it pulled the metal tight with no gaps.

It is plenty strong for carrying my bike on the back. :D