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bumper ideas, I am coming up short

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by four_by_ken, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Ok, I searched, but still find myself coming up empty. I am going to be making some bumpers real soon. I am looking for ideas... I do not want the big ol' cow pusher bumper, but I definately want the strength from fender to fender. Many times I have bumper a tree or two. Something with a reciever mount in the front, as well as any other tow attchments I can work in there. Plus a winch mounting in the front, maybe rear also. Ideas pictures?

    Ken H.

    '86 K5 up and coming
    14 bolt(Detroited),10 bolt,39.5 Boggers rear,
    TSLs front, 468 BBC, 350 trans, 205 transfer
    Rust free in Michigan!
     
  2. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    I am just looking from some picutes to start something off.

    Ken H.

    '86 K5 up and coming
    14 bolt(Detroited),10 bolt,39.5 Boggers rear,
    TSLs front, 468 BBC, 350 trans, 205 transfer
    Rust free in Michigan!
     
  3. Thumper

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    I just finished my front bumper after rebuilding it when I ripped it off. I dont have any pics yet, nor have I attempted to winch anything other than my Dodge across the lawn, but I think its strong enough. Its a combo between the Warn winch mount/ brush guards, without the chrome stock bumper, and double tubes from the mount out to the ends. I used 1/4" plates on the outside of the frame, as well as a 1/4" plate on the top of the frame to a piece of 6" c channel across between the frame rails. Then the Warn mount is bolted to the channel, and the double tubes are welded to the channel as well. I will try to get some pics today and post them this week... maybe near Thurs. (no digital so have to fill the film :))
    My rear is a 8" channel across with a tire mount and jerry can holder built on. Pics of it are in my album at CK5 members rides under Thumper. I will post the new front pics there too.

    Mike


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  4. 87superblaze

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    Hope this helps you out!

    <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/nicksm79>http://community.webshots.com/user/nicksm79</a>

    Home built soft top also.
     
  5. michaelm

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    my plans for bumpers are to trim the fenders to allow a bumper that wraps around to the wheel well like newer chev and ford trucks
    and same for the back.
    i have seen a picture somewhere of exactly that, but cant remember where
     
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    Sherman, Tx
    <font color=red>The blazer's almost on the road....anyone got tree fiddy?</font color=red>
     
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    Thanks, are you looking also. So far, good ideas, but nothing what I amlooking for. I want real simple, maybe made out of c-channel.
    I just dont know!!!

    Ken H.

    '86 K5 up and coming
    14 bolt(Detroited),10 bolt,39.5 Boggers rear,
    TSLs front, 468 BBC, 350 trans, 205 transfer
    Rust free in Michigan!
     
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    i'm looking for that killer idea on my tire carrier. I'm in process of making bumpers, but mine wont work too well for you I'm afraid. I think you can't really go wrong with box tubing. It's inherently strong, much stronger than channel which will flex pretty good. Mine is being made out of 2x4x3/16. It's slim profile, strong, and lightweight. That material might work for you, but probably not the basic design. Hope you find what you're looking for.

    Sherman, Tx
    <font color=red>The blazer's almost on the road....anyone got tree fiddy?</font color=red>
     
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    Actually I was thinking on thing and typing another. It will be a boxed bumper tham I am going with, not c-channel.

    I would also like a tire carrier, but for 39.5s it is going to have to be strong. So, I am not sure.

    Ken H.

    '86 K5 up and coming
    14 bolt(Detroited),10 bolt,39.5 Boggers rear,
    TSLs front, 468 BBC, 350 trans, 205 transfer
    Rust free in Michigan!
     
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    here is a good strong idea for the rear: get 1/4 inch diameter 4" pipe, 6 feet long. If you can get two, then it is even better. Put half-inch spacers bettween the two pipes, and you are set in the rear. The tailgate still can go all the way down, even if you have a trailer hitch. This is on my rig, and it looks sweet. Sorry, no pictures available.

    16, 88 jimmy, give me advise if i ask for it, please!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Anyway you could get somepictures? I was thinking of this idea also, just I like the idea of a flat top for standing on and mounting things too. But, I may go this direction. So many choices!!!

    Thanks
    Ken H.


    '86 K5 up and coming
    14 bolt(Detroited),10 bolt,39.5 Boggers rear,
    TSLs front, 468 BBC, 350 trans, 205 transfer
    Rust free in Michigan!
     
  13. Emmettology 101

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    Here is a few pics wit my bumpers in them:

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    Mike

    <font color=green>"1024x768x256... Sounds like one mean woman."</font color=green>

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    Hey ken, if you dont hang the tire off the back, where are you thinking of putting it?

    Sherman, Tx
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    If you do a front reciver mount, be sure and do dual recievers and mod the winch mount, or you will rip it out, even with support tubes, cuz then the mount will be week. Also, be sure and leve gap if you do wrap around as body flex may have your bumper eatin metal. A fix for this if you want a snug fit it to mount the bumper with poly bushings, so it can flex too.

    If you ain't hurt, you ain't playin' hard enough.

    The General
     
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    Just get some 10" pipe and some c channel. Torch some holes in the c channel and frame, put some 1/2" bolts in it or bigger, and weld the pipe the the C channel. Talk about strong. Certainly stronger than your frame.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    yeah well my bumper was too strong and it crushed the frame on one side and ripped bolt holes on the other, so i'd box the frame up there in the front if your thinking of putting something on stronger than the frame. I also have dual receivers front and rear for my winch. I've pulled all sorts of people out, and my self, and done side pulls and it has never budged once. Later - Doug

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    If I dont hang it off the back.... in the graage. :-)

    On top.. nope... its alrady too tall. Inside, nope tkae up too much room. 39.5s are difficult to hide.

    Ken H.

    '86 K5 up and coming
    14 bolt(Detroited),10 bolt,39.5 Boggers rear,
    TSLs front, 468 BBC, 350 trans, 205 transfer
    Rust free in Michigan!
     
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    CST-30...

    Actually, I really like your rear bumper a lot. The front I like also, except for the part that comes up over the grill area. The bumper I got with the Blazer is a stock one with a big fence looking thing welded on the top. And that is what I am getting away from.
    But, I printed out pictures of yours, especially the rear.

    Thanks.
    Ken H.

    '86 K5 up and coming
    14 bolt(Detroited),10 bolt,39.5 Boggers rear,
    TSLs front, 468 BBC, 350 trans, 205 transfer
    Rust free in Michigan!
     

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