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by bartonmd » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:54 pm

EDIT: This is really more of a "design" thread. For current sales offerings, please refer to the "group buy" thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1275&start=0

We felt these needed their own thread. These are still sort of a work in progress. Kyle came to me for some metal to do something for a bumper, and we came up with something. Ended up looking pretty good, but having to use some filler with the body lift. The original conversations, drawings, and prototyping are here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=963&start=40

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The same bumper test-fit on my non-lifted TB. Still needs about 1" of vertical addition.

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The level shown is 1" tall.

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I didn't want to make it another inch taller and still be flat in the front, so here is what I'll be prototyping in the next week or 2:

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by Trail X » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:51 pm

Can't wait to see the initial run of these. Do you already have prospective buyers?
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by bartonmd » Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:00 pm

JamesDowning wrote:Can't wait to see the initial run of these. Do you already have prospective buyers?


I have at least 2, last I knew... I'm going to make 2 this first run, because as always, there will probably be tweaks...

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by djthumper » Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:35 pm

I can't wait to see how everything comes out. I was wishing I had one after I caught a couple of those logs this last weekend.
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by SteveTB03 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:25 pm

You know the gap to me is not a big deal it really doesn't look bad IMO
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by johnburgelin » Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:25 pm

depending on how this turns out cost-wise plus shipping charges I might be very interested :) Or I might have to fab one up on my own :(
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by HARDTRAILZ » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:35 pm

Let me know what I can do to help. I have worked out something on mine as well.
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by aaronrules » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:45 pm

If that gap gets filled, and you can keep the cost down to what has been talked about before, you can count me in. I will pull the money out of my arse if I have too! I gotta see what the new style looks like mounted!
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by Diacom » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:13 pm

Any suggestions on a filler between the end of the bumper and the fender?
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by bartonmd » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:44 pm

Diacom wrote:Any suggestions on a filler between the end of the bumper and the fender?


We'll see, but there shouldn't be much of a space.

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by bartonmd » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:19 am

Got the non-body-lift bumper flat pattern cut out last night... Cutting out the 3" body lifted flat pattern tonight...

3" body lifted bumper looks like below, and is going on Kyle's TB... I think it's going to look shit-hot!

(and yes, I had a horrible headache after designing it, and getting the 45 degree front to meet the 20 degree sides to meet the 20 degree vertical outsides...)

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by Trail X » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:22 am

With that upper slope, are you going to be able to mount lights?

I guess you can still mount lights that have a swivel-mount.

Either way, looks sweet.
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by bartonmd » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:25 am

JamesDowning wrote:With that upper slope, are you going to be able to mount lights?

I guess you can still mount lights that have a swivel-mount.

Either way, looks sweet.


I don't know... Of more concern was having it not stick out but about 1" from the front of the frame, and not being 12" tall and flat in the front... This bumper is 12" tall, but shouldn't look like it, with the angled section...

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by HARDTRAILZ » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:36 am

Me Likey. Lights are easy. Just weld on some tabs wherever you want them. Or cut them in and recess some wherever later.

I like the tight to frame. I hit my current one coming on and off of stuff this weekend, so I need all the clearance possible. Anything in front of the frame is just in the way. It should be about like my current on which allows for maximum angle from and of frame to bottom of radiator.

Well done sir. Cant wait to get it on there. Since the shackle mounts proved they worked I definitely need them again. I will be around to help next week. Thanks.
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by bartonmd » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:09 am

Yeah, I'll let you know when they get bent... I'll work on the shackle mounts for both, as well as at least one 2" reciever... Do you want the winch reciever in the front, or no?

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by HARDTRAILZ » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:21 am

How far did we figure the reciever would have to stick out?
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by bartonmd » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:40 am

HARDTRAILZ wrote:How far did we figure the reciever would have to stick out?


Unless you waned to have to do like Bill and put the hitch pin in with long tongs, something like 3", I think...

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by bartonmd » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:42 am

Also, what about you, Janesy?
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by HARDTRAILZ » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:43 am

Lets skip the reciever for now. If I do get a winch, I would perfer to have the bumper notched and set it in the bumper over the frame rails I think. If I do decide I would really use one, we can add it later.
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by bartonmd » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:47 am

HARDTRAILZ wrote:Lets skip the reciever for now. If I do get a winch, I would perfer to have the bumper notched and set it in the bumper over the frame rails I think. If I do decide I would really use one, we can add it later.


Pretty sure a winch won't fit behind the bumper, on these, even with a cutout... That's why some of the other ones stick out 8" in front of the frame, and mine/yours sticks out 1"...

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