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Old 02-14-2008, 03:00 PM
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Thinking about the last major piece of the armor pie for the truck. I have a Smittybilt rear tube bumper, nothing wrong with that really. But I think I'd like to beef up the quarter panel protection. Nothing super fancy but just a bit a couple of extra tubes.

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Closer to this is worth the time?


Marlin get about $250 for a rear bumper. Besides the quarter panel tubing it does have a bit more clearance (mostly the 2.25" of the receiver, which is tucked up much better on the Marlin). It's not a huge deal, probably a couple of inches. Thinking of welding plates to the sides of the Smitty and a couple of properly places tubes. Should be a lot less in material and beer for Art Hog than sending $250 to Marlin.
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:08 PM
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Tramontana runs a bumper from AllPro (same as MC for the most part) and likes it.
I would avoid the Smitty. Just not enough to work with.
I built a decent one for Justin, he removed it to fiddle with his bed and has not gotten around to putting it back on.
I'd build you something, but to be worth my while by the time we got it done it would cost you about what Marlin gets. Marlin's looks to be what you need.
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:12 PM
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Thinking about the last major piece of the armor pie for the truck. I have a Smittybilt rear tube bumper, nothing wrong with that really. But I think I'd like to beef up the quarter panel protection. Nothing super fancy but just a bit a couple of extra tubes.

So do you think making this:


Closer to this is worth the time?


Marlin get about $250 for a rear bumper. Besides the quarter panel tubing it does have a bit more clearance (mostly the 2.25" of the receiver, which is tucked up much better on the Marlin). It's not a huge deal, probably a couple of inches. Thinking of welding plates to the sides of the Smitty and a couple of properly places tubes. Should be a lot less in material and beer for Art Hog than sending $250 to Marlin.
If Arthog had the time then by all means support him! I have to agree with Bill! I wouldn't built a bumper for someone for less than what Marlin is charging! Not worth my time!
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:35 PM
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The Smitty is built with 0.109" wall 3" dia. tubing, Marlin uses 0.120" wall 1.75" dia. tubing, All Pro is using 1.5" dia. 0.120" wall tubing. Like you say Bill, the AP and MC are pretty similar (I'd go with Marlin, I like the way his 2" receiver works since it can retain the stock spare location). Cost wise. A plate to cap the ends of the Smittybilt and tubing for the quarter panel protection, how much do you think? It'll be $300 by the time the bumper is shipped.
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Should be a lot less in material and beer for Art Hog than sending $250 to Marlin.[/quote]

It just got cheeper, I drink about 12 beers a year. and I like beer. my offer still stands.
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Should be a lot less in material and beer for Art Hog than sending $250 to Marlin.
It just got cheeper, I drink about 12 beers a year. and I like beer. my offer still stands.
Perfect. I'd really like a swing out bumper, like the old Stout bumpers. So beefing this sucker up for Rubithon in the mean time is probably the way to go.
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Get the AP kit if Arthog will weld it up for you.
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Get the AP kit if Arthog will weld it up for you.
What is it and where?
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Besides....any day that you can support Marlin is a great day!
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Besides....any day that you can support Marlin is a great day!
I'm not too worried about that, he'll be getting plenty more from me next month (transfer case) as well. I think Terry and I could have jerry rigged some quarter protection, but it wouldn't be anywhere near as clean as just going with what works.
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