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Gen 3 Front Bumper Build

Posted By: icysyrup

Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/26/09 03:12 AM

Well my rig is going under the knife. I have been wanting some metal front and rear bumpers for a long time and I have really been wanting to build something lately and so here it goes. I am going to build a stout front bumper first and then take on the rear after this.

I spent a good half day just doodling on paper for the basic design and finally came up with one that I like. Then I spend about the same time down working with cardboard to get the general idea on the vehicle to make templates before I start in cutting steel.

Keep in mind this design is still evolving. I have not gotten to the center yet with design, but the center winch mount currently on there will be gone and it will now be integrated into the bumper.

I got the sides of the bumper done roughly cut into cardboard. I just now have to finalize them and get the exact dimensions so I can be precise with it.

Here are the pictures that I took today. Let me know your opinions on the design.


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And here is both sides finished outside.
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Posted By: Oyaji_Jon

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/26/09 04:39 AM

Design looks good. The only thing I'd personally change is how the ends are squared off above the tires. If I couldn't follow the curve of the wheel wells, I'd cut it off at an angle so it didn't look so abrupt/square off for the tire to make contact with when stuffed. Just my .02.

You have a GREAT looking truck. I love that color...
Posted By: icysyrup

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/26/09 04:51 AM

Thanks Oyaji I will do that and see how it looks. I appreciate the input. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: justice

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/26/09 05:07 AM

ditto what jon said. I like it. I want to try that method one day. Maybe after I get a plasma cutter.
Posted By: TOASTY

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/26/09 06:01 AM

Looking good dude, reminds me of when i did my bumper on the '99, card board and tape. I think i had close to 16 hours in mine start to finish, making bumpers out of plate takes a lot of time. When i made the tube bumper it only took 3 hours start to finish including the cardboard mockup build.
All this bumper building going on makes me wanna build the last four that i have to build.
Posted By: PajEvo

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/26/09 06:24 AM

This thread makes me want a genIII... Getting rid of the plasticky front really makes it look better.

Love the bumper so far. Really follows the lines well. Please keep us updated. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: cmitchell

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/26/09 03:25 PM

nice aproach to the design
i have been thinking of useing 8th inch plywood to make templates for my next bumpers but i think i will use cardboard now
i will be watching this thread looks good <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Angelo

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/27/09 05:11 AM

Loooking awesome man. I havent heard from you on here in awhile. Been wondering about any up coming trips this year maybe getting up with you in the area and wheeling..

I like the cardboard idea, light, flexable, but close enough to the same thickness. I've been meaning to do the same t hing for my rear bumper, but havent had the time.

If I would consider ANYthing to change, I might make the outside of the bumper a little thicker so the angle isnt so extreme and more even. But then again, the way you did it allows for better appoarch and clearance, so up to you my friend. Keep up the good work.
Angelo
Posted By: icysyrup

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 01/27/09 06:54 AM


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Loooking awesome man. I havent heard from you on here in awhile. Been wondering about any up coming trips this year maybe getting up with you in the area and wheeling..

I like the cardboard idea, light, flexable, but close enough to the same thickness. I've been meaning to do the same t hing for my rear bumper, but havent had the time.

If I would consider ANYthing to change, I might make the outside of the bumper a little thicker so the angle isnt so extreme and more even. But then again, the way you did it allows for better appoarch and clearance, so up to you my friend. Keep up the good work.
Angelo


Thanks for the input. And the thought has crossed my mind on that idea with making the edges wider. i may do that and see what it looks like and then make my decision.

As for wheeling. I hope to get this fabrication all done in a month or two and then get things in order on the monty. I would love to go sometime to Uwharrie this year, its just finding the right time.

Thanks for the input.

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Posted By: Oyaji_Jon

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 03/23/09 06:44 AM

So, what gives with this bumper? Status update, man!
Posted By: icysyrup

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 03/23/09 10:06 PM

I have found a greater need for a rear bumper after looking into things so my partner and I are in the process of building a prototype rear bumper for the Gen 3. What a process to build it and design it so that its easily reproducible but yet still looks good. We have found a great deal on a Plasma Cutter that we are currently in the process of picking up and as soon as we get that we will finish it up. there isn't much left to do on the final design so after we get the plasma(hopefully in the next week or so) we will have less than a day to finish it. I will post up pics once its finished for you all to see.

Then after we get this rear finished we are going to start on designing a hidden winch mount like I currently have and then the front bumper integrated around that. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Oyaji_Jon

Re: Gen 3 Front Bumper Build - 03/23/09 10:41 PM

Sounds cool! That plasma cutter will make it easy to round out that tab on the front as well. I only dream of the day I can have a shop/garage that is actually mine and that I won't have to move again...

Keep us posted!
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