Building front bumper, and need some opinions

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  1. k5 krawler 50

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    I'm in a welding class, and my teacher and I are going to build a front bumper for my 82 K5. Right now i dont have the K5 and its at my Grandparents house and I asked my grandfather to take a width measurement, he gave me a measurement of 74" is this accurate or not? Thanks for your time.
    Cory
     
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    I really like the Pre-Runner style front bumpers with a winch mount. I've seen some really trick ones with the winch mounted behind the bumper hidding it.
     
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    Thats what i am going to build for the front, its going to have 2" .120 DOM Tubing for the hole thing. Hopefully it will look like the bumper that DP_90K5 first had on his.
     
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    One thing I can't live without is the receiver hitch up front..... Very usefull!
     
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    thats a cool idea that i never thought of, i might have to thing of a way to incorperate one into the design. Also is 74 inches a good measurement for the width of the hole thing? thanks
     
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    Also is a Lincoln 255 Mig welder with CO2 a strong enough welder to build the bumper with?
     
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    Yes a 225 will work, and work well. .120 wall can be done all day with a 110V too (I have one and it's duty cycle makes everything an all day project). 74" sounds right. I will measure mine when I get out in the shop later.
     
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    74 seems very narrow to me, a stock bumper is 79" across at the widest. If you want to wrap around at all, that is only 1.5" wider than where the fenders bulge.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    74 seems very narrow to me, a stock bumper is 79" across at the widest. If you want to wrap around at all, that is only 1.5" wider than where the fenders bulge.

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    That's the idea. Wide enough to protect the sheetmetal but not too wide.
     
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    Here's mine:
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    That is a sweet bumper did you build it your self or did you buy it somewhere? Also thanks for the info that everyone gave.
     
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    When you say a 1.5 inch from the fender bulge on each side or a total of 1.5 inches? Thanks
     
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    I meant per side...
     
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    Thats what i thought but wasnt sure. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Bumper was made by the member Big J, but he is no longer in the bumper making business
     

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