Our client prefers plate style bumpers over most tube style bumpers. But he doesn't like what is currently available on the market (too big and bulky like the ones made by ARB). So he gave us the green light to let our creative shine and dream up and fabricate something just for him.
Here are the few guidelines he gave us:
-must be a plate style bumper
-must have accommodations for some flush mount lightning
-must offer great protection while staying close and tight
-prefers open winch design over it being enclosed
-Use an XRC8000 winch with synthetic line
While trying to take everything into account, we are able to come up with a rough idea of what we are after. Though, keep in mind we are going to be creating this on the fly so things may change as we go. I will let the photos do most of the talking, but will try to highlight some areas with some more explanation. But as always, if you have any questions as to why we did something a certain way or about anything really, just ask.
We start by designing a simple "backbone" for the bumper that will be bolted directly to the frame
We then layout, cut, drill, and bend up a simple winch tray
Test fitting the tray to the backbone
We then bolt the backbone onto the 4Runner using the factory hardware