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Bumper with Tire rack??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 88trailblazer, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. 88trailblazer

    88trailblazer 1/2 ton status

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    Hey, I'm planning on building a front and rear bumper set for my 88 Blazer. The front would have to be prepped for the future winch and the rear would have a swing-out tire rack. Of course it would have the usual Aux. lights, shackles, etc.

    Is there anybody with a comparible setup :confused: Any pics:confused: I have someone that can make it, I just need some ideas.

    Thanks
     
  2. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    Try a search for "rear bumper". I was able to find a few pictures that were still viewable even after all the changes. I getting ready to make my own also.

    Other than that, about the only other option is to look at what some manufacturers are offering.
     
  3. ratzila

    ratzila 1/2 ton status

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    DP_90K5 on this board builds some awesome bumpers. I'm going to get him to build a rear tube bumper that holds a warn 12000 lb winch & 44" bogger spare:saweet:
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I made mine from 6"x3" channel which is 3/8" top and bottom and just over 1/4" on the face. The shackle points are made to bolt directly to the chassis (modified) on the front. On the rear I beefed up the face of the bumper even more behind and welded them both sides of the face and then welded angle iron to them as well so there's no way they'll pull thru!! The ends are capped in 1/4" plate.

    I made a shaft for the pivot point of the rear tire carrier to accept wheel bearings and welded on top, underneath and further down where it touched the end cap.
    The carrier is mainly 4"x2" box.
    All works well and looks pretty proffesional too!....well, I think so! (but I'm biased!:grin:
    Much more satisfying than buying them, and as the sticker says....
    BUILT NOT BOUGHT!!!:cool1:

    BUMPER 3.JPG

    BUMPER 6.JPG

    BUMPER 7.JPG

    CARRIER 1.JPG

    tyre carrier 002 copy 8.JPG
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    OOPS - sorry Steve!

    DAMN.... those pics came out BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!:blush:
    That's better, downsizedthem a bit!!
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Nice work on the bumpers. I'm thinking of doing the same thing and collecting all of the designs that I can. Yours look great.
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks. I really enjoyed making them but damn are they heavy!!!!:haha:
    You're talking about 70lb a piece with out the tire carrier. Mind you...I wouldn't want to get in their way!
    Let me know if you need any better pics of the tire carrier.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Hoping to build them this summer. i may well take you up on the offer of more pics then. Thanks.
     
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    4x4Iron sells a kit with all the pieces for a tire carrier, just build your bumper and add the carrier.
     
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    Mastiff 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Here's my old one, one tire plus 4 gas cans:

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    here's mine.
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    more pics

    I've been collecting ideas too. Here are a couple I like.

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    After I built mine I then beefed up my original design and my already very tough bumpers as I was worried about the flex in it.
    So I reckon either I've really 'over engineered' mine or these ones will flex and move about like crazy with a 33" or 35" on there.
    Just a thought!
     
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    This is made by 4wdmetalworks

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    Mastiff 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Nice truck man. :D Tell us about the soft top and rack. That's a slick setup.


    I think if my garage had the headroom, I'd put the tire on the roof to get it out of the way. It'd be a pain, but I think I could get a 35" down if I needed to. Just have to make sure it doesn't bounce into traffic or something. :grin:
     
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    I like that setup but could they make it to mount the tire on the driverside
     
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    Good looking rig! Carrier's good too. Does it flex around much being out from the bumper so much? I like the idea of carying a couple of cans there too.
     
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    The Soft top is a can-back. The rack is made by 4WD metal Works. This blazer belongs to the owner of 4WD Metal Works. He is a good friend of mine. The top is a sweet setup. I wish they made one for the first Gens......but.......

    The Bumper/tire carrier is a very stout piece. The set shown just sold to a CK5 member. The tire carrier is available to swing out from either side, Just need to know when ordering. It is also available with and without the Jerry Can mounts(for those of you who like things kept close). One more added feature is the choice between welded on D rings or a eye hole for shackles. Joe Stewart can build anything you can want, and he's a great guy to know.

    --Steve--
     
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    Looks like the link the 4wd metalworks (in your sig) is broken. Is the site still up?
     
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    Hmmm, I'll have to look into that:confused:
     

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