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post #1 of 2 Old 03-23-2019, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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JCR DIY Bumper

I recently had a thread going asking about winches. I had already picked out a bumper. I went with the JCR Offroad DIY bumper kit. It wasn't that much cheaper than many pre-built bumpers, but it was the style I wanted (many of the inexpensive bumpers are too "busy" for my taste) and the cost wasn't too bad, compared to some of the others I was considering.

It was easy to build. Just bend it into shape on the cutouts and weld it together. I was waiting for some parts for my higher amp TIG torch, but the shipment got held up by the shipper. Status changed from "out for delivery" to "held for pickup at customer request" which is BS. I called the place and they said the shipment wasn't there either, so it would probably be delivered another day. Since I had no idea when the parts would show up and I might not have had another Saturday free to work in the garage for a while, I just MIG welded most of the bumper. Not that a MIG weld cannot look good, but I don't weld/practice nearly enough to keep my smoothness/consistency very good. I have a small TIG torch that I used for all the tacking and for the shackle tabs, but it was getting smoking hot,fast (125A torch run at 170A will do that).

In the end, I think it turned out fine. I cut a couple holes to install two, small LED lights. I really just did that so I could utilize the factory fog light harness. Since the wiring was there, it seemed like a waste not to have it do something. I bought some fog light extension harnesses and cut the connectors off. I soldered the connectors to the lights so I could simply plug them into the factory harness and wouldn't have to cut the factory wiring.

I also bought a bar for the bumper and welded that on. That didn't come with the bumper. I don't have a tubing bender, so I just bought a pre-bent bar. I could have done it with cut and welded angles, but I like the bent tubing look better and it wasn't all that expensive.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.

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post #2 of 2 Old 03-23-2019, 06:32 AM
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Your mig welds look great. You can see your tie ins, but it looks fine. On a bumper like that, I like to either do two passes or leave an oversized bead and grind it off to look like a bumper that was mostly one piece (bent with a brake). The shackle tab looks good too, hopefully you got enough penetration on the tab. Three passes may have been better, but you're probably ok. Good job man.

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