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T100 bumper and receiver hitch replacement project #928848 02/01/09 09:21 PM
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wsquaredodie Offline OP
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Last summer I spent the bucks for a Kenneshaw Mountain rear bumper for my rotted out 93 T100 unit. The original unit was you typical stamped steel chromed pos with a receiver hitch bolted between reinforcement brackets bolted to the frame and then bolted to the step in the step bumper. The chrome was coming off and the metal was junk. When I got the bumper, meant for rock crawlers who bang off of stuff, it was quickly apparent the unit would take a lot of pounding. So here I go trying for the first time to add pics to a post......The first thing I did was pint on some bedliner stuff on the step parts so I won't take a header. [Linked Image]

Gonna bop off now to see if the image link worked.

Nope, it didn't. sure wish I knew what I was doing here. Try again. [Linked Image]

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Re: T100 bumper and receiver hitch replacement project [Re: wsquaredodie] #928849 02/01/09 10:31 PM
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You want to use [img][/img] instead...like this!

[Linked Image]

When yer in yer photobucket account and you hold yer mouse over the piccie you want to show in here, you should see in the drop down "IMG Code"...click on that and it should highlight (and sometimes copy) and then you can copy that to paste. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

1998 T-100 Xtra cab SR5 2WD Auto; Roadmaster Active Suspension; Yokohama Geolander HT-S; lowered air dam; full belly pan; 4 diffuser; 11" side skirts; dual transmission coolers; 67% grill blocked; Auto-RX'd; ScanGauge II/Ultra-Gauge
Re: T100 bumper and receiver hitch replacement project [Re: BamZipPow] #928850 02/02/09 05:25 AM
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wsquaredodie Offline OP
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tried that but all I got was the code. will try again http://s234.photobucket.com/albums/...;amp;current=2009-01-2713-19-58_0001.jpg

Going to bed. Maybe you have more guides to help me. Apparently I can create links but not attach pics. Need more help.


Last edited by wsquaredodie; 02/02/09 05:54 AM.

Re: T100 bumper and receiver hitch replacement project [Re: wsquaredodie] #928851 02/02/09 06:26 AM
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The link you posted did indeed go to your Photobucket account, but not directly into an image - stated the image didn't exist... If you copy & paste the IMG text right below the pic, it should look like this (without the * in front or back) -


...which will do this -

[Linked Image]

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

4xGeek (Chris)
'97 T-100 4wd sr5-suto, 3" BL, 1.5" BJ spacers, 35" ProComp AT's, 4.88's, Bilsteins x 6, etc...

No longer stuck in SoCal!! smile
Re: T100 bumper and receiver hitch replacement project [Re: 4xGeek] #928852 02/02/09 03:10 PM
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wsquaredodie Offline OP
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Another try



WELL IT WORKED!! Just have to figure out the complexities of sizing. Anyway, The first thing was to take the KM bumper and put a no skid coating on the step and the top of the bumper. Did that with spray on bedliner from the local Advance Auto.

You can see the condition of the factory bumper. The crud packed into the step area where the receiver hitch is bolted up is gone. Anyone need a receiver hitch - like new. The bumper brackets and the plastic top to the bumper you can have for free.



When I took a closer look at the frame and brackets, I thought I was in trouble. Lot of rust, especially between the frame and the receiver bracket. It was so rusted up on the inside of the frame, I figured that I could just cut off the bolts and replace them. Unfortunately, it turns out the factory had 4 sided nuts welded to the inner brackets. Did not see this until I cut one off. So I have one inner bracket that I saved as is and one that will have to use nuts. Had to be careful as the wiring for the tail lights runs down the frame top at that point. But once off, I realized the metal on the brackets and the frame was good, just lots of surface rust. 2 days soaked with PB did the trick.





And what I thought was frame rust swelling up between the receiver bracket and the frame was actually a welded on spacer on the bracket....

So I scraped and sand blasted the steel, then treated it with a phosphoric acid cleaner. You can use naval jelly or save a buck and use aluminum window and door brightener. What this does is convert the iron oxide to iron phosphate. If you are more interested go to Wikipedia and look up wikipedia.org/phosphate_conversion_coating. Also known as pickling or parkerizing. Then I coated the metal with a sealant until I get the POR-15 here.




Finished the job today. Got it all bolted up and wired up. Ready for some poor soul to try to rear end this thing like what happened to my last T. After POR-15'ing the undercarriage and fooling around with positioning of the new unit I decided to have it extend a little farther back from the stock location. 2 reasons. One is that I would have had to do some trimming of the new bumper brackets to get it closer to the box.The other reason is that it with it a little farther out the step and the bumper top give a bigger "footprint" for when I am actually stepping on it. A third is the body protection afforded. Anyway, after drilling my brains out to put int he 1/2-13 bolts, PORing all the bolts and soldering_heat shrinking and taping the license plate lights, it is done. Also POR'd the bracket welded to the exhaust pipe. Not sure if it will hold up to the heat - one way to find out. Very satisfied with the end result. This is one heck of a bumper. Gonna save my pennies so I can do the front one with a receiver hitch, hook eyes and a winch platform.







Got some left over parts should anyone want them. Plate light assy's, receiver hitch, plastic bumper steps, stock bumper brackets. Will put in the for sale section tomorrow. You pay shipping and I will virtually give away.


Last edited by wsquaredodie; 02/07/09 12:00 AM.

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