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Old 12-06-2014, 02:50 PM
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Default Suggestions on Rear Bumper Latch

My 40 has the SOR Rear Bumper. It's a nice bumper, but the latch mechanism leaves a lot to be desired

It is a bolt with a cotter pin so it can't come all the way out

The problem is after driving a bit, the bolt will loosen and the bumper will then make a rattling noise. It hasn't loosened up much, but it does enough to rattle.

Doing the bolt and cotter pin takes a lot longer than just popping the latch on my Slee bumper

I could fix it by buying the IPOR bumper, but that's a lot of money to a replace which is a good bumper with one shortfall

It isn't obvious to me how to attach a latch here.

I could likely have a plate welded on the bumper side bracket like in the third picture, extending that spot and making it flush to the tire carrier side for the latch. I don't have welding skills and am not sure where I could have that done

Any thoughts suggestions on alternate approaches or what shop could do that would be appreciated
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:28 PM
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Ken, here is how I did mine. No reason it wouldn't work for yours.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/home...d.75040/page-3

start on post #55. I used a right angle draw latch from De-Sta-Co.

Anyone with a welder and some skill can knock this out for you easy. If no one close to you can, I'd be happy to help, but this month is crazy for me at work.

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TMR has spring latches for this ap. They are nice. What i will be getting when i start to make mine. Would take a little fab work but is doable. Don't have a welder and want to come up shoot me a message.
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Do you have link? A quick search of TMR wasn't obvious who they are

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Sorry. http://www.tmrcustoms.com/

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Lots of neat stuff. But more J____ stuff and related. sorry. But doesnt mean it cant be used elsewhere.
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Thanks, I also found this site

http://www.destaco.com/manual-clamps.html

Here is a rear and side view closed.
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Anytime. Need any help welding it all together and want to come up let me know.
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Looking at it, I think the bolt is also part of the mechanical support for the carrier while you are moving. Eliminating it altogether would likely be a bad idea

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Anytime. Need any help welding it all together and want to come up let me know.
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Ken, if you cut off the closed loop, and welded on a longer handle to let gravity assist in keeping the bolt tight would help, and eliminate the bolt from turning around several times. You wouldn't have to re-invent the design and would be a quick and painless adjustment.
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