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by Diacom » Sun May 15, 2011 2:11 pm

Need a full on front shot and one from the side also. Till then I'll reserve my opinion.
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by SteveTB03 » Sun May 15, 2011 3:18 pm

Now that looks a hell of a lot better then just the box. I like that bumper its really nice.
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by bartonmd » Sun May 15, 2011 5:52 pm

It's not perfectly from the center, but here is one more from the front... Like Jon_A said about his, they only match the body from 1 or 2 directions, and the rest, they're just "there"... That's the thing about matching the body lines on this vehicle...

I don't have a side view, but it has an 8" winch box in front of the cross tube, which is what the KMA has, so it doesn't stick out any farther that theirs.

Zero will have to post real pictures when he gets is bedlined and installed, but here it is...

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by MrSmithsTB » Sun May 15, 2011 6:48 pm

I like that a lot. Especially the provisions for auxiliary lighting. I don't know whether or not a winch is in my future, but I could see myself retrofitting a lock box in the center to keep some recovery equipment out of the cargo area.

The more I think about building my own bumper, the higher you set the bar. Noice work, once again.
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by HARDTRAILZ » Sun May 15, 2011 9:35 pm

Looked good in person..
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by Philberto » Mon May 16, 2011 4:47 am

I like it... waiting for the whole tube tucked-in version though.
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by bartonmd » Mon May 16, 2011 6:09 am

Thanks guys!

Philberto wrote:I like it... waiting for the whole tube tucked-in version though.


whole tube tucked in??

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by navigator » Mon May 16, 2011 9:36 am

that thing looks great. It looks like the top tube is up a little higher than the hood, I expect to not interfere with the headlights. Does it obstruct your view very much while driving?
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by bartonmd » Mon May 16, 2011 9:45 am

navigator wrote:that thing looks great. It looks like the top tube is up a little higher than the hood, I expect to not interfere with the headlights. Does it obstruct your view very much while driving?


You can just see the bottom of the tube while driving, so I guess it obstructs 2" of so of the bottom of your vision in front of the vehicle... but then again, since the tube follows the front lines of the bumper prety well, you also get to see exactly where your bumper is in relation to a tree or another parked car, or whatever you're trying to avoid...

... And you can't see it from the pictures I took, but the bumper is about 3/4" wider than the body at the fender, so it protects the sheet metal if you're at a bit of an angle and rub a tree, but doesn't stick out much...

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by Diacom » Mon May 16, 2011 10:07 am

The front on pic gives a better idea of how it follows the grille lines. I agree, it does look good, Passenger side seems slightly higher than the drivers on the tube across the center hoodline, but that may just be the angle of the pic.

Looking forward to see a complete product all done up and on a TB.
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by navigator » Mon May 16, 2011 10:37 am

Diacom wrote:....Looking forward to see a complete product all done up and on a TB.


yeah, with some paint, paint it chrome! LOL
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by fishsticks » Mon May 16, 2011 10:41 am

navigator wrote:
Diacom wrote:....Looking forward to see a complete product all done up and on a TB.


yeah, with some paint, paint it chrome! LOL



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by HARDTRAILZ » Mon May 16, 2011 10:47 am

I would run a chrome dipped one if it wasn't so damn expensive. Blinding people with bling. Would hold up better than paint.
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by Blackout » Mon May 16, 2011 1:25 pm

Looks real nice. I just might have to pick one up someday.
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by Philberto » Mon May 16, 2011 4:32 pm

bartonmd wrote:Thanks guys!

Philberto wrote:I like it... waiting for the whole tube tucked-in version though.


whole tube tucked in??

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All tube, no provisions for winch, tucked as close to the body as possible, ditching the plastic gril and maximizimg approach angle. I'll be in touch with you about such a creation in the next month or two.
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by bartonmd » Mon May 16, 2011 4:42 pm

Philberto wrote:
bartonmd wrote:whole tube tucked in??

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All tube, no provisions for winch, tucked as close to the body as possible, ditching the plastic gril and maximizimg approach angle. I'll be in touch with you about such a creation in the next month or two.


I can dig it... :coffee2:

I will say, however, that my normal bumpers only stick out ~1.5" from the front of the frame, level with the bottom of the frame, anyway... A 1.75" tube in front of the frame will have the same approach angle as my normal bumpers... Having said that, if you like a tube bumper, it's also doable...

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by fishsticks » Mon May 16, 2011 4:44 pm

Philberto wrote:All tube, no provisions for winch, tucked as close to the body as possible, ditching the plastic gril and maximizimg approach angle. I'll be in touch with you about such a creation in the next month or two.



You're going to have to mod frame/radiator to get much better approach angle than Mike's "normal" bumper has. I wanted the same thing as you (but with a winch) and ended up with the monstrosity that I have now. Anything more and you have to delete some frame rail.

I may cut out my impact tube like ChevyCrew did and mount my winch in there, then do something around that.


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by bgwolfpack » Mon May 16, 2011 5:18 pm

IIRC, Phil and I talked about the bumper protruding no more then needed past the frame. Thus no room for a winch but a much greater angle of approach. Sort of the lines of teebes without the winch, set inward.
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by bartonmd » Mon May 16, 2011 8:42 pm

bgwolfpack wrote:IIRC, Phil and I talked about the bumper protruding no more then needed past the frame. Thus no room for a winch but a much greater angle of approach. Sort of the lines of teebes without the winch, set inward.


Oh yeah, that's totally doable...

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by Philberto » Tue May 17, 2011 6:12 pm

fishsticks wrote:
Philberto wrote:All tube, no provisions for winch, tucked as close to the body as possible, ditching the plastic gril and maximizimg approach angle. I'll be in touch with you about such a creation in the next month or two.



You're going to have to mod frame/radiator to get much better approach angle than Mike's "normal" bumper has. I wanted the same thing as you (but with a winch) and ended up with the monstrosity that I have now. Anything more and you have to delete some frame rail.

I may cut out my impact tube like ChevyCrew did and mount my winch in there, then do something around that.


...Or maybe I'm not following you?


Yeah, I'm planning on modding frame/radiator mounting, moving or removing impact bar, and finally solving the radiator problem once and for all. Winch is a nonissue, cuz it's gonna be mounted in spare tire area per thetrick winch system I've posted about before. If you haven't read of it, google "foer vector winch system".
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