Nice job mate!! One of the best looking do it yourself bumpers I have seen... Cheers to you!! You're right the brush guards did set if off... Looks good..
Those tombstones are not going anywhere. There is a hole cut through the 1/2 inch plate, edges 45 on the front.....on the rear the tombstone was also 45'd. then welded on both sides. But you are right safety is paramount so I will strap them just in case...My thoughts.....
Looks friggin great! I like how you integrated a skid plate into it.
I might have angled the bottom corners a little bit in for clearance instead of doing a 90 degree. Like this: \___/, instead of this |_____|. I know that's more work though.
If you didn't through-weld those clevis tabs to the plates, I'd at least strap a saftey strap to them (use your tree-saver strap) the first time you actually put a huge load them. You might want to do that instead of testing your welds by hoping a flying shackle doesn't kill someone. Hopefully, you beveled the edges and did an underlying pass before the final pass at welding them on. Maybe it's just the angle of the pic, but it looks like the weld is predominately on the plate and not the tabs (not centered on the 90 angle). It's probably fine, but I'd do a good test before using them unsecured.
Question: Did you allow for easy removal of the winch for maintenance? It's hard to tell by the pic.
I made a plate like that for myself and plan to saftey strap them, just in case. Actually, with the winch on the front I'll probably just attached the winch line to the d-ring as a saftey strap.Those tombstones are not going anywhere. There is a hole cut through the 1/2 inch plate, edges 45 on the front.....on the rear the tombstone was also 45'd. then welded on both sides. But you are right safety is paramount so I will strap them just in case...
The winch can be removed if needed. Hardest part is lining up the holes.
Thanks for the compliments though...
so funny you said thatYou made a nice job of that and it's one of the first bumpers I’ve seen with the bars at the sides that I like.
It’s not all about the cost and I bet you and your buddy had fun hanging out playing with power tools (not in a gay way ).
I love that video. That's what you get for shopping at Harbor Frieght