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anyone make their own custom bumpers?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Cornfield creations, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. Cornfield creations

    Cornfield creations 1/2 ton status

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    I am looking into making some custom bumpers for my 79. Just wondering if those of you who made their own have specs for some? I would like some d-rings spot light mounts and possibly a winch( don't have one now oh how i would love one).
     
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    I have made so bumpers. Double wall 1/8 thick steel. It's really just about being carefull with the measurements and mounting points. You can add anything you want as far as mounts and stuff. I used half inch thick plate for the winch mount, straight to the frame, kinda separte from the bumper. I can't post pics, but I could email some if you want.
     
  3. CB77GMC

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    Big thing is keep them level and center. I used 2" rec front and back for winch or rack. Be carefull on rear not to get close to tailgate.
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    Did you cut some of the frame off at the rear? Can't really tell from the pictures...
     
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    I've made custom bumpers the rear isn't finished yet but pics are in my sig:D
     
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    here is the front that i made.[​IMG]

    can tuck a winch in behind and use the tubes as a fairlead, clevis tabs are 3/4" plate that is also the bumper mount, run right through for max streangh, little fender protection, light tabs just added a cb anntena mount, and of course the ck5 sticker adds at least 10 if not 15 HP!
     
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    darkshadow, that looks great!
     
  9. hack500

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    I made the one I have on the truck now. it's solid but it's ugly beyond words.:D 1/2" plate to 3/8" channel.
    btw, on mine the distance from the outside edges of the front framerails is 28". in the spring I'm gonna make a matching rear bumper.

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    looks great! but whats up with the headlights? that looks sick! Did you just take some from a 90 and fab them up sideways like that? lotta work? any extra wiring?
     
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    You mean like these?
    Rear is my own design.....
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    Front is a KMA bumper that I moved back and up so it would be closer to the body. Chopped and capped the ends for a cleaner look.
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    the "head lights" are flood lights with tw bulbs in each, two on each side, they are my low beams and i use the spot lights for highs, and the yellows for fog and snow (they really work)

    i will be up gradeing to some name brand 8" spots for my new bumper.

    all my lighting ( heads, spots, fogs, guages, and parking light) are all controled by this switch box I custom made, all 30amp relays.


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  13. tRustyK5

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    This is my front...

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    Still saving for a winch, but it was mocked up with an M10,000 that fits under the core support.

    Rear bumper...

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    Rene
     
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    i like you bumpers rene, i dont think i had seen any pics of them up close befor, or for that matter of you up close:thinking:
     
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    You'll note the Christmas lights that are 'on' in the first few pic's. Snapped them this morning...

    I wanted to contribute to this thread but realized that i never did take any decent shots of the front up til now.

    Close ups of me? Not gonna happen any time soon. I'm an ugly focker. :haha:

    Rene
     
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    I had an extra hour at work with a few rems of 2x4 heavy wall box tubing and this is what I came up with. Not bad for an hours work less undercoating it, I had it on and drove home with up front..
     
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    I was thinking of also making a switch box for my lamps and OBA.
    Where were you thinking of mounting your box?
     
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    I have no dash pad anymore ( too good) so i made a brackit and screwed it to the face of the dash, it sits about 5 inchs away from the dash angeled towards me, above the radio, about where the ac vent used to be. works great never a problem.

    Ill get a pic of it instaled when i get my card reader in the mail, i fubared my usb port on my cam.



    also Rene, did you build thouse bumpers? or have them done?

    i like the clevis mounts useing tube, keeps them strate, might think about that for my next set of bumpers
     
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    I was thinking of removing one of my vents to put the switch box there seeing that my a/c dont work anyways...
     
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    Rene love your work on the clevis:bow:

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