So, on to phase 2 – reinforcing the bumper
I looked at this for weeks trying to see the best way to do it. Here’s what I came up with. I’m sure there are many better ways but this way is mine.
First, remove the two rear body mount bolts and measure center to center between the body mount holes. Cut a piece of .120 wall 2” square tubing to span between the body mounts and mark the center to center distance. On one side drill a hole big enough for the threaded portion of the bolt to fit through. On the other side, drill a hole that the socket that fits the body mount bolts will fit through. I simply made a piece of 2” square tubing that would bolt to the rear body mounts.
You can see the piece of square tubing in this pic – the rusted piece of tubing behind the bumper
Now to tie that piece of tubing into the bumper
I cut two piece of 3/16” steel plate to fit on the bottom of the square tubing and lay inside the bottom edge of the bumper. Tacked them in place, then removed the whole assembly and welded all around every joining surface and reinstalled to check for fit. Fits perfect. Now the bumper is tied to the tubing that is bolted to the body mounts.
Now to make this whole thing stronger
I cut 4 pieces of .120 wall square tubing that fit tightly against the piece of tubing that bolts to the body mounts, the rear edge of the bumper, and the pieces of 3/16” steel plate from the last step. Put those in place and weld all mating surfaces of all pieces of metal plate and tubing.
Prime and paint
Reinstall and drink beer.
Hopefully someone will find this useful. I love my BFH bumper but find it necessary to pull a small utility trailer sometimes. This allows me to do so while feeling confident that everything is secure.