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Super easy rear bumper.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thedrip, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. thedrip

    thedrip 1/2 ton status

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    I finally got tired of the horrible bumper on the back of the Short Bus, so I decided to replace it as quickly and cheaply as I could. I had a bunch of 3" sch40 lying around I intended to use, and after removing the old bumper, I made a wonderful discovery. The old bumper bolt holes were spaced perfectly to accept u-bolts around the 3" pipe. 10 minutes at the spring shop, and ta-da, the ugliest, cheapest, nasty looking redneck pipe bumper ever fitted. Should I ever build an OBA setup, I'll just have the pipe ends cut with threads so I can screw on caps, instant air tank!

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  2. thedrip

    thedrip 1/2 ton status

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    since no one seems to have a comment.. how about I make a request. Anyone think this has a chance of holding up? would you consider it as a recovery point (wrap a strap around the center portion). who would cringe at the site of it, and never invite me on a trail ride again? I don't care if its ugly, I do care if its unsafe.
     
  3. sledheadak

    sledheadak 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    very unsafe for a tow point
     
  4. pin_it_to_win_it

    pin_it_to_win_it Registered Member

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    i would go about 6 inches out from the frame on the bomper and weld suports going from the bumper to the frame just for extra strength and i would also eather get a bolt on hitch recever or weld in another frame cross over to tow and pull off of
     
  5. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    X2. No way I would attempt to pull anything with that.
     
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    chalet2506 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    A true redneck would've used hose clamps. If your gonna half ass it, you might as well half ass it right.
     
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    yeah, you need to spend an hour or so with a cutoff wheel / grinder / flapper and make a couple of brackets that will attach the frame and bumper with some welds. Those u-bolt thingies... thats beyond bootyfab.

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    Post this on Pirate4x4 and see what kind of response you get.:haha:
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    You should do it just for fun. So I have this friend.....:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    it goes good with the name of the truck.
     
  11. diesel4me

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    IN-Genious!!

    I think I'd feel better if you'd used 9/16" or 5/8" U-bolts,like those that hold the axles to the springs!..those appear to be only 3/8" muffler clamps!...it was a good idea,and suprisingly simple,but not quite beefy enough!...

    I'd have used a peice of 3 or 4" channel iron across both frame rails,and used at least 4 U-bolts thru both the pipe and channel iron to secure them to the truck..a couple of safety chains to the frame too,in case it did tear off under a hard pull..I'd use a reciever type hitch to tow with,I don't trust bumpers much when it comes to towing,not even factory step and tow bumpers..:crazy:
     
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    gzzgfw 1/2 ton status

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    good idea but the only thing I'd haul on that bumper is a pizza delivery sign. Most mounts have 2 or 3 points of failure. Ubolts only have 1!

    Go more beefy and it will be ok for beating around.
     
  13. yellowK20

    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Pics of your sister?????? i've got some "welding" I need done:haha:
     
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    actually id run something like that but just for a bumper, id still use my class 3 as my recovery point.
     
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    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    that definitely matches the rest of the truck.:D what is that really protecting though.
     
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    x2 on the hose clamps
     

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