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post #1 of 45 Old 12-18-2010, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier build

So i decided to build my own rear bumper tire carrier, wasnt looking to spend 500-1000 on one and have a little time, so I'm undertaking it.

It will sit flush up to the rear crossmember and the trailer hitch will be mounted directly to the bumper.

Had my "Staff Concept Artist" draw this up for me.
Damn he's good. Notice the patented "upside down door handle" A little something im designing for all those born with that Upside down hand syndrome.



Started with a 3x8x1/4 rectangle tube as the main bumper
And got 10' of 2x3x1/4 for the tire carrier.
This shit is heavy duty....



I cut the bumper to the width of the frame, then used the excess pieces to angle in toward the body for some corner protection.



Didnt like the squared off look, so i angled the ends, I like the way it turned out so far.


Now I'm on to the tire carrier. Started yesterday, but i need to drill 4 1" holes through 1/4 inch steel and broke my drill press in the process.

Does anyone know of anyone near shelbyville/murfreesboro TN that will drill me some 1" holes? I just dont have the equipment to do it..

OR any suggestions on how to do it.....

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Looks good so far.

Is that 3"x8" ..... beefy looking. I also like the angle both of the angles you added. Sucks that you broke your drill press...... did you start with small holes and work your way up?

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Looking good. I bet it's a heavy mother. Are you going to weld on some shackle tabs or have some sort of recovery points?

With 1/4" you will need a press for sure. You can try starting small and stepping it up but you might break your wrist in the process.
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Don't know anyone in TN, but for your 1" holes you have a few options. Number one, when drilling holes I always start with a pilot hole, use plenty of WD-40, and keep the RPM's as low as necessary to cut. You can use a 1" hole saw... but thats generally really loud, really annoying, and by the third hole you'll want to say F-it! You can use various drill bits, gradually stepping up in size until you reach 1", this method works well if you have a selection of drill bits that range up to 1". Or, my recommendation, would be to use a Unibit and copious amounts of WD-40 so you don't kill you're Unibit. Again, keeping your drill RPM's low will be key, it will cut better and keep the heat down so you don't burn your cutting edge on your bit. Hope that helps! Good luck!

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Yep its 3x8...went to the scrap yard and it was 10 bucks...so i grabbed it haha.

I'll do some recovery points at some point, the plan for now is to use the hitch with the D-ring on it.

Well i got a 1/4 inch hole drilled with the press nicely, then went to a half and that worked, then jumped to an inch and broke the belt drive on the drill haha.

I left my unibits in SC .
Doesn't look like I'm going to be able to get anyone to drill it for me, so il update you guys when i break my wrist.
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if your press is belt driven then take it off and to a auto parts store or a lawn mower repair shop and see if they can match it up to one that will work. have you tried using a corded hand drill going slowly up to one inch in say 1/8th inch increments. i have had to do that before when my press went down. it takes a little longer but works. just make sure you lube up the bit as you go so that it doesnt get to hot and grab.
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I like it. Keep us posted...

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Note sure if you have figured out what you wanna do for the rear swing out but here is something to maybe take a look at. Its the same assembly we use on our JK rear tire carrier.

DIY rear swing out assembly


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Got some more done today....
Fabbed up my tire carrier. Going to lop off the top and cap it, don't like the point up there.




For the hinge im using a 1" grade 8 and some 1" id tubing...
ill work on tha tomorrow or Monday and get some pics of tha process as its what I struggled with the most.

And PIG thanks, but I decided to go all me on this one
All said and done I shouldn't have over 100 bucks in it when finished

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Looking good!! Like the DIY approach. The only thing I would recommend changing is the big "C" that is on the right rear. Will make it a much better all around rig...

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Coming along really nice. I was wondering why the tube was yellow, awesome find.
As for the carrier, I would look at the actuall tire position first before you lop the top off. I agree that the point looks silly but you may need the carrier to come up higher so the tire doesn't screw your rear clearance.

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Wow, you and I think alike. I did my front bumper very similair to what your doing there. http://www.4x4trailtalk.com/forum/sh...r-on-the-cheap And yeah, it's a heavy bastard. I decided yesterday that I was going to make my own rear bumper with tire carrier rather than buying. I can't wait to see how this turns out. Nice job. Subscribed.
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How is it attached to the frame?
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Looking good!! Like the DIY approach. The only thing I would recommend changing is the big "C" that is on the right rear. Will make it a much better all around rig...

-Jason
Clemson fan I take it? howd they do this year?

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If you look in the last picture i posted you can see the frame attachment. It runs from the back side of the bumper welded in on both sides, to the front of the bumper welded in one one side, then runs to the frame and bolts on using the two existing bolts.
I will also use the rear crossmember trailer hitch bolts to hold it on when i get around to drilling them out.
Your bumper looks great, wish i had done that bending method, but didnt have a torch so welding it is .
Thanks for the encouragement guys..

Any recomendations on latches that I can acquire cheaply and locally?

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I didn't realize that you are in Shelbyville! I am in Tullahoma...
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I didn't realize that you are in Shelbyville! I am in Tullahoma...
Yup, Bell Buckle actually.
Im just home for christmas though, Bell Buckles the home town. Moved out to SC working on grad school at the moment

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Just so I'm clear. You welded brackets to the bumper that go to the factory mounts? And I'm guessing, but this is what I'm planning, you cut out a hole in the rec tube and welded it to the inside of the outside of the bumper? If that makes any sense.


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If you look in the last picture i posted you can see the frame attachment. It runs from the back side of the bumper welded in on both sides, to the front of the bumper welded in one one side, then runs to the frame and bolts on using the two existing bolts.
I will also use the rear crossmember trailer hitch bolts to hold it on when i get around to drilling them out.
Your bumper looks great, wish i had done that bending method, but didnt have a torch so welding it is .
Thanks for the encouragement guys..

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I'm gunna go take off my rear bumper right now. Either that or watch my Seahawks get pumelld.
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Just took off the bumper, how easy was that.
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Yep Ben youre right on.

Got a LOT done today while someone was stealin' my thread title haha.

Started by drilling a 1" hole in the 2x3 tube. Then welded in some 1" ID tubing to act as a sleeve (holds grease)

I then welded more of the tube inside the body of the bumper for the tire carrier to mount into.

That should keep the carrier from sagging.
I then decided i wanted to go with a double shear hinge, just to add some more strength, so I got some 1/4 angle and welded a 3/16 sheet to it and cut it roud and pretty and drilled ANOTHER 1" hole.

Finally I cut some 3/16 for the tire mount, welded it to some 2x3 6.5 inches from the carrier and drilled some holes.


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Got a bunch more done today.
Got the hinge all worked out. Got everything mouted up for testing


Put the tire on it, and i got almost no sag, so my hinge is doing great so far. Went and bounced it aroud a bunch to see how it holds up and still opened smoothly...



All thats left is to cap the ends, drill a 3/4 inch hole for the hitch pin that im using to hold it closed (went simple)
And then its off to paint.

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All thats left is to cap the ends, drill a 3/4 inch hole for the hitch pin that im using to hold it closed (went simple)
And then its off to paint.
Looks good Justin, what latch are you using to close around that hitch pin? I hope its not the same type that my PureJeep(junk) has on it. You know how I keep the swing closed now I will be ordering that Poly latch soon to replace my ratchet strap.


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Lookin good. Side note, how you liking those tires? I have a set in the garage, just nothing to mount them on aside from the Hummer Rims...

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Tim, for now mine will just be a drop in pin. It drops through the carrier andinto the bumper. The absolute simplest route haha. I started building a latch like polys but without a cnc its too much of a pain in the ass. And their latch costs more than my bumper hahah.

Lemar, I like the tires a lot so far. The handle great. Haven't had them offroad much yet though although I imagine they will be quite good.

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So you have a bolt going down into the bumper for your swing? I think I'm not getting something.
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