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post #1 of 8 Old 06-12-2011, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about building my own front winch bumper

I've got some free time and a 220v mig welder.

I'm looking at the builder parts people sell for the cleavis tabs though and it seems most of them are just straight metal (weld front and back of the bumper). Does anyone sell one that has a larger tab on the back so it can't pull though the bumper too? I'd like some additional protection to help it not pull though the welds.

Something like the shrockworks tabs.

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Make them. We cut the ones out for my bumper using a plasma free hand.

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I just looked at my LOD mid width front bumper and the cleavis(D-ring) tabs are only butt welded to the front of the bumper. I haven't heard of anybody complaining that they pulled the cleavis tab off the front of the bumper or even bent it. I was certainly surprised to see nothing (cleavis welds) on the backside of the bumper...
Unitil I start hearing it's a problem I'll leave it alone, other wise I'll grind them off, cut a slot and put them in from the backside, them weld em up so they can't pull through or pull off. Time will tell I guess.

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I don't have a plasma cutter or bandsaw yet unfortunately. I'm planning on doing the flat steel cutting with an angle grinder.
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I just looked at my LOD mid width front bumper and the cleavis(D-ring) tabs are only butt welded to the front of the bumper. I haven't heard of anybody complaining that they pulled the cleavis tab off the front of the bumper or even bent it. I was certainly surprised to see nothing (cleavis welds) on the backside of the bumper...
Unitil I start hearing it's a problem I'll leave it alone, other wise I'll grind them off, cut a slot and put them in from the backside, them weld em up so they can't pull through or pull off. Time will tell I guess.

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Wow that is depressing. I know several people who will not hook up to a clevis tab that is just butt welded to the bumper.

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Haven't seen anyone complain about any bumpers tabs pulling out. We aren't running armored humvees, they are 4000-5500 pound Jeeps. Should be fine.

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I used cut tabs like the ones in your picture. You should be able to get these cut for you fairly cheap. I would also look at getting someone to cut out the flat metal before using a grinder. Someone good with a torch could cut them out for you for in a lot less time and just a little money. I don't know how your fab skills are but making a cardboard template for the parts would give a good outline for easy cutting.

I built my first one that was way to long in the front. I didn't know how much it was going to cause problems on approach angles. I also made a plate under it that bolted on. Since I didn't have a rubi with the disco motor I really didn't need it. I took it off later because of added weight with no real protection.




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Where abouts are you located. I have a plasma and would be willing to help ya cut some steel.
The mounts you have pictured should be more then long enough to weld front and rear, unless you make it like a half inch thick up front.
You can kinda see how I did mine.

Mine are just welded right to the front, I did grind down the strap that goes over the clevis to give me a good bevel to weld in so I got good penetration all the way to the back. When I first put them on I was a little concerned about them ripping off but after using them to snatch black some tree trunks out of the ground I'm not to worried any more.
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