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New front bumper

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tRustyK5, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    My buddy (BigDummy89K5) and I just finished up the new front bumper for my truck. It tucks an M10,000 under the core support without sacrificing any approach angle.

    Finally getting to use our new tube bender was pretty cool! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    I have another dozen or so in progress pic's but they're on regular print film. My digi-cam went for an unexpected beer bath a few days ago. It finally dried out enough to start working again so I snapped these two pics. I'll get the other pics developed and see if any are worth posting. I suck with a regular camera.../forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

    rene
     
  2. fad2blk99

    fad2blk99 1/2 ton status

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    tucked in nice and tight /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
    Looks awesome!
    What kinda binder are you unsing?
    Are you using a notcher too?
     
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    That's sharp looking. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of tube bender did you get? I'm looking for one to make a few things of my own and I have no idea what to buy as far as tools. Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    hi pinion 3/4 ton status

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    Looks like you diddnt sacrafice anything those are sweet /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  5. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Nice doood..... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  6. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    JD2 Model 3, 1.75" x 5.5" CLR die set
    T-100 notcher
    and "Bend-Tech EZ" bending software.

    I highly recomend the software if you can't afford to waste material. I spent less than hour messing with the software, took some measurements from my truck according to what I wanted to build...then cut and bent the tube exactly as the software said to and each part came out exactly on size and a perfect fit.

    It was too easy!! I spent more time messing with the winch tray than anything else, and you hardly see it at all.

    The winch tray is all 1/2" thick, as are the side plates that bolt to the frame.

    Rene
     
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    TruckNutzDude 1/2 ton status

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    Wow those die sets are expensive!!! /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif I wonder if I could get my girlfriend to let me buy a tube bender and some steel instead of $900 in bumpers and a $750 roll cage? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    big pappa b 3/4 ton status

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    that is nice Rene.. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Here's shot of the one I wanna build from mine
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    I borrowed ideas from some of the ones I've seen along the way. Now i just need to get that bender.
    I'm glad to hear that software is worth the expense. I was kinda wondering about that.
     
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    Twiz 1/2 ton status

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    Kewl beens! I totaly dig the new Honda crusher !

    (Repling mostly to put this post in my "history" file - so I can look it up later, hehe /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif, as I'am in dire need of a tube bender)
     
  11. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    When you see the kind of machining involved in making a die-set oyu'd understand exactly why they are so spendy. The die set is by far the most important part of the bender IMO.

    Just expensive enough that you'd better choose carefully...

    Rene
     
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    very nice /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Very nice!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    That's a beautiful thing Rene! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  16. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    thanks Pam! I hope to build the rear tonight... /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif

    Rene
     
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    Real nice looking bumper. Just one question: does it block the lower lights? Maybe it is just the angle of the pic but is sure looks like it. Bumper would work well for a round headlight truck however...
     
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    That is a sweet bumper. I have a Ramsey 12000 hidden behind mine and getting to the ports to service and grease have proven to be a PITA but it looks like you won't have a problem getting to yours. Great looking bumper.


    James
     
  19. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    It slightly blocks the lower corners of the lower lights. I'm unconcerned, those are my bright lights which I almost never use. I tried them out on my way home from the shop and didn't notice any appreciable difference when they were on.

    Those bars do run through the middle of my signal lights though. I may have to change that (the signal light location, not the bumper). They still seem easy to see though (they're pretty big)

    Rene
     
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    Sweet Rene /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif When are you gonna build me one /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     

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