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My DIY Bumpers....Cheap Yet Strong!!

Well, got tired of looking at overpriced bumpers, so I broke out the welder.

Bought 10 feet of 6 inch channel iron. It's 1/4" thick. Rear weighs 44lbs, front 70.

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Welded 3" channel to it for mounting, using existing holes in the frame.



Added D-Rings, got to love them!!



Done!!



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Front Bumper

The front was quite a bit harder. Wanted a winch bumper. Had to have the winch as low as possible to keep the radiator unabstructed & for sheer strength, while keeping the bumper high & tight for maximum approach angles.
I happily accomplished all three.

Thought I'd dress it up a bit, so I fortyfived the corners!



Here's a TJ winch plate I modified. It was designed to be bolted to the top of the frame. Too high for me.



Here you see the 2.5" angle I used to mount the winch plate to. Also notice the big allen wrench pieces I welded to the bottom. This is to place my Hi-Lift jack in to prevent it from sliding out on me. Works great.



Testing out the Jack!



Here's the winch plate in place.



After cutting out the winch line slot. Made it extra roomy for the synthetic rope.



Found some massive D-Rings at "Cuthroat4x4". I have nothing but good to say about these folks. Top notch for sure.





They keyed them through the 1/2" plate & tig welded them on the back as wekk as the front. Very beefy to say the least.



Here's some 1/4" plates I cut out for the push bar to be welded to.





Finally time to prime & paint.



One of my favorite parts of the build. Installing the D-Rings that I love so much, lol.



Walaa!!




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That's exactly the rear bumper I want for my 08JKU...want to make another? Just kidding, it is exactly what I have been looking for style size. Great job!
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That's exactly the rear bumper I want for my 08JKU...want to make another? Just kidding, it is exactly what I have been looking for style size. Great job!
Thanks Man! I hear ya, everything about our jeeps is square, (except for the headlamps, lol) So I wanted to get away from the "moulded" platic look that so many bumpers are styled after. Round corners are for fast cars, powerful trucks. Jeeps are all about slow, simple, hard lines.

As far as building for others. These things are pretty easy to build. That being said, with my simple tools, they are still a great deal of work & take the better part of the day. By the time I figured materials, time, shipping & profit, I think you'ld be calling Poison Spyder or having a local welder fab them up for you.

If I were you, I'd remove my rear bumper, remove the spare, grab some pics & find a local welder. He could fab it up for a reasonable price & there would be no shipping involved. The rear is a slam dunk. The front will give him some trouble.

Glad you liked them. Any more Q's just ask!

Another angle with slider inserted, hope it helps.


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I like the homemade bumpers. All part of the Jeep tough and built it myself theme. I also made my rock sliders. Congrats on your new bumpers.
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I love the bumpers simple and purpose built.

its all about the crawl ratio.
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Thanks Man! I hear ya, everything about our jeeps is square, (except for the headlamps, lol) So I wanted to get away from the "moulded" platic look that so many bumpers are styled after. Round corners are for fast cars, powerful trucks. Jeeps are all about slow, simple, hard lines.

As far as building for others. These things are pretty easy to build. That being said, with my simple tools, they are still a great deal of work & take the better part of the day. By the time I figured materials, time, shipping & profit, I think you'ld be calling Poison Spyder or having a local welder fab them up for you.

If I were you, I'd remove my rear bumper, remove the spare, grab some pics & find a local welder. He could fab it up for a reasonable price & there would be no shipping involved. The rear is a slam dunk. The front will give him some trouble.

Glad you liked them. Any more Q's just ask!

Another angle with slider inserted, hope it helps.

I agree, i don't want a metal bumper that looks like a plastic bumper. Taking my rear off today. May see how far I can get myself. Been a few years since I welded but definitely worth a try. Thanks again!
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I like the homemade bumpers. All part of the Jeep tough and built it myself theme. I also made my rock sliders. Congrats on your new bumpers.
Thanks man, that means a lot coming from you. I just went through your entire build thread, love what you've done my friend. Man, you're not afraid to wheel that beast.

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I love the bumpers simple and purpose built.
Thanks for the kind words Sir!!

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I agree, i don't want a metal bumper that looks like a plastic bumper. Taking my rear off today. May see how far I can get myself. Been a few years since I welded but definitely worth a try. Thanks again!
You bet. Even if you fab everything up, if you're not confident in the strength of your welds, take them to a shop & have it migged or tigged. Wouldn't cost much at all. Don't want something to come apart during a recovery. Make sure to post pics when you get er done!!

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Great idea welding on tabs for the high lift to sit between to prevent slippage!

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Great idea welding on tabs for the high lift to sit between to prevent slippage!
Thanks. We've all seen the jack squirt out from time to time. Not purdy!!
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Thanks. We've all seen the jack squirt out from time to time. Not purdy!!

Here's a pic with the jack & shovel mounted. I took the jack apart so the moving parst dont get dirty & rusted. Reassembly takes just a few minutes. No tools required. Picture taken in Ouray Colorado this fall.


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Hey sir .. How are you ?

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Hey Ken! Doing well thanks. Hows all with you? I've been so busy with work & hunting that I've haven't been on the web much. Got an Elk tho so it was all worth it. Never hiked up longer steeper stuff in my life.
Hope all is well with you.

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Me... Building slowly. I really want to get out this new year and wheel more.

Actually considering a DD so I can lesson the focus of street drivability of the jeep.

I will have a complete mid arm soon.
Front DS is new and I will do the rear.
Kinda surprised my rear hasn't blown up yet.
The RK coils put me up around 4" which caused all kinds of issues.
I also ordered poly's highsteer kit.

We got a good deal on RR's XHD front bumper. I posted about it here. 20+ people over on WF jumped on the mistake before they found out. $210 w/ free shipping
That shit doesn't happen often.

Anyhow... Nice to here from ya.

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Me... Building slowly. I really want to get out this new year and wheel more.

Actually considering a DD so I can lesson the focus of street drivability of the jeep.

I will have a complete mid arm soon.
Front DS is new and I will do the rear.
Kinda surprised my rear hasn't blown up yet.
The RK coils put me up around 4" which caused all kinds of issues.
I also ordered poly's highsteer kit.

We got a good deal on RR's XHD front bumper. I posted about it here. 20+ people over on WF jumped on the mistake before they found out. $210 w/ free shipping
That shit doesn't happen often.

Anyhow... Nice to here from ya.
Great hearing from you too. Wow, a bumper for 200 bones shipped is crazy. Good for you. Sounds like the Jeep is better than ever. Wish we were closer.
Take care bud!!

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