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Old December 16th, 2004, 05:38 PM
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Talking Help me design a custom bumper

This guy at the rover shop I go to offered to fab me a custon bumper! What should I get him to make? A-bar, headlamp protectors or what. Give me a drawing or something.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 06:32 PM
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Rusty, I've always liked DAP's heavy duty bumper/nudge bar (BA-009). http://www.dap-inc.com/homeframe.htm you'll have to look it up, sorry, wouldn't let me copy the pic.
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Old December 17th, 2004, 10:05 AM
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I designed mine with Illustrator

and brought a print with exact measurements to the fabricator.

It's great.

I'd suggest to keep it simple and clean,saving weight.
I also shaped the "ears" so they are raised now and offer a better approach.

Also,no overhang (basic for me) but for the built-in recovery points...


Safarigard and Rockware make some nice stuff to...er..."imitate"!


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Old December 17th, 2004, 01:43 PM
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Rusty, I've always liked DAP's heavy duty bumper/nudge bar (BA-009). http://www.dap-inc.com/homeframe.htm you'll have to look it up, sorry, wouldn't let me copy the pic.
This?????? (the first pic)
It's rather agricultural and won't improve the approach angle

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You want something like this:
http://www.scorpionracing.co.uk/ the last three pics are the scorpoin racing items
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Old December 17th, 2004, 03:41 PM
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Crazy idea, how about just welding a few mounts to a piece of railroad track? Point the top of the track forward and you have a very beefy bumper, cut a notch to fit a winch and your good to go!
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Old December 17th, 2004, 04:49 PM
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Do you wheel your defender? The PO of my defender had a scorpion racing style bumper installed before I got it, and both front wings are damaged because of the lack of protection... Something to think about.

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I like the idea of bumpers that don't reduce the approach angle and have more clearance in front of the wheels. This one looks a bit ghetto but has function.
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Rockware type design?
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Old December 17th, 2004, 07:18 PM
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Limiting the approach angle should be the 2 chassis "horns" really,so unless you take the "extreme" way as "Q" when he had his 90 (see>mods>minimal bumper) there's not so much to play with...
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Old December 21st, 2004, 02:48 PM
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Ok, thankyou for your input. Here is what I've been thinking of, Box the sock stamped steel bumper and weld on a trapezoidol shaped brush bar. Weld on light mounts and 2 heavy duty recovery shackles. If that bumper was boxed would it be strong enough or should i spend the extra cash for thicker steel? He is my artistic representation.
Yes i do wheel but just mud, no rocks here in florida.
Mike, I think a railroad tie would weigh atiny bit too much, Have you ever picked that stuff up?
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Old December 21st, 2004, 03:24 PM
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"Rusty",if you can access to a metal bender it's a one piece of bumper
(some of a weapon)
mine has been made so,easier too.

Thickness,I choosed 5mm. (LR HD is 5 or 6,can't remember),
but being s/s and high-quality it's "a bit" too strong probably.

Shouldn't it bend,the chassis will do!
(OUCH!)
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