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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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So, like I posted before I finally got my equipment and the first project build I'm under taking is my front bumper. I am a trial and error person, looking to see what works best and looks the best. Any whooo, not finished yet but this is the progress I have made over the past couple of days. What do you guys think? Total into it at this point is around 10 hours, I am being meticulous with the measurements, so that I can put it in to GCode so I can potentially manufacture these if ppl dig them. That would make my build time around 4-5 hrs a bumper plus finishing work, the first one is always the hardest.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:47 AM
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I'll get more pics tonight! With the LED's the driving light is on the top, so there is no blockage there. On the high beams it is blocked about 15% or so, but with a 30,000 lumen head light it really isn't noticeable at all. Let me say that again, yes the head light is blocked a little but it doesn't matter with these bright ass lights! I tried them last night b/c of that concern and my neighbor texted me to shut them off! It was pretty funny cause then he came over and had a beer, it was like the redneck bat signal!
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Old October 11th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Take a picture from below as well. Looks good.
Are your headlights the Trucklite LEDs?
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Old October 11th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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Take a picture from below as well. Looks good.
Are your headlights the Trucklite LEDs?
Yes sir, they are from my previous project. Never put them on, thought they would look good and I think they do. Ill take a bunch of pics tonight and post em.
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Nice job on the bends/tubing, but...
You want to use a box section and not a flat plate for the main bumper structure. You must be careful because the yield strength of hot roll is so low. Impact on the corner of the bumper will easily bend your structure because the flat plate is so much less stiff than the enormous tubing you're making the rest of it with. At the worst, an impact with a rock or tree will drive the tubing straight into the body panels as the plate fails.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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Looks great! Nice job.

Too bad about the high beams being blocked. But it doesn't take much to grind out the welds and rebend/weld a replacement.
It is very little that is blocked, the only issue I saw last night was the reflection off the metal. Which will hopefully go away when I powder coat it black.

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Nice job on the bends/tubing, but...
You want to use a box section and not a flat plate for the main bumper structure. You must be careful because the yield strength of hot roll is so low. Impact on the corner of the bumper will easily bend your structure because the flat plate is so much less stiff than the enormous tubing you're making the rest of it with. At the worst, an impact with a rock or tree will drive the tubing straight into the body panels as the plate fails.
Got that covered I think. I am running two support tubes from the out side corner back into the frame. Structurally the skeleton is made out of 1.75 DOM .125 wall. I am not a crazy wheeler but my buddy is, I am makin a similar one for him to beat the crap out of to see how the tube skeleton holds up.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 12:14 PM
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It looks like he isn't quite finished with the plate section, I have to assume he would finish it up with some type of boxed mounting point. Progress looks great so far.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:17 PM
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Old October 14th, 2012, 05:58 PM
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Definately different. I understand that you "aren't a crazy wheeler" but the old form follows function adage has something to it. I have owned 1 ARB bumper ever having had many many rovers. The first tree I touched with it, bent it. That was a brand fail in my book. I have bounced off of boulders with my Rockware. Rockware isn't the most attractive but it is the stoutest and there is usually a wait to have one built. Just saying
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Definately different. I understand that you "aren't a crazy wheeler" but the old form follows function adage has something to it. I have owned 1 ARB bumper ever having had many many rovers. The first tree I touched with it, bent it. That was a brand fail in my book. I have bounced off of boulders with my Rockware. Rockware isn't the most attractive but it is the stoutest and there is usually a wait to have one built. Just saying
I've always felt the ARB bumpers weren't the best looking, but thought they were actually stout as hell? Haven't owned one, but last MAR Goose slid (at speed) into a tree and didn't barely scratch it.


That said I do love the Rockware. Want to put his blade style on the 110 eventually.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 09:23 PM
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Off topic here - I think I saw your truck at the hospital in New Bern, in the Spring. Have a pic. Somewhere. Is that within the realm of possibility?
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Old October 18th, 2012, 01:22 AM
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Off topic here - I think I saw your truck at the hospital in New Bern, in the Spring. Have a pic. Somewhere. Is that within the realm of possibility?
I got the truck from a guy who lived in New Bern in aug, so I would say absolutely. Finished the bumper tonight, pics will come in the am!
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Old October 18th, 2012, 08:39 AM
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Just finished last night, a little rushed but still turned out pretty good.
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Nice job. Looks good. I've been looking all over the interwebs for a winch bumper lately. Been gravitating toward the TerraFirma with A-bar. Yours looks similar, but tighter against the front of the truck, and heavier duty as well. Curious as to how well itll take to bumping into trees and whatnot on the trail.
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Nice job. Looks good. I've been looking all over the interwebs for a winch bumper lately. Been gravitating toward the TerraFirma with A-bar. Yours looks similar, but tighter against the front of the truck, and heavier duty as well. Curious as to how well itll take to bumping into trees and whatnot on the trail.
To be completely honest I have not tested it yet, I am heading to Uwharrie this weekend to test for the first time. This is my first tube bumper that I have built with my new equipment. Conceptually it should be diesel! But you never know, I will post pics of the Uwharrie trip.
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So I have taken it to Uwharrie three times now. First time I didn't hit much of anything, second and third times i made it a point to introduce some mountain to see how it would hold up. I ran into few trees one on Kodak and one on Daniel and a couple along the way. Those two where just the ones that stopped me in my tracks, and was introduced to some of the rocks as well on both trails. Other than scratched powder coat it held up great, my buddies tube bumper is holding up great as well. He didn't finish his, just sprayed it down with WD40 so it wouldn't rust.
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