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3" Body Lift Trailblazer Rear Bumper

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by bartonmd » Mon May 14, 2012 10:29 pm

Just a teaser... Still needs some gussets on the tire carrier, and little stuff here and there, but a teaser pic:

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by Nakashige » Mon May 14, 2012 10:40 pm

Does this mean mine is in the works for non bl soon after? I am really liking the lines on it
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by bartonmd » Mon May 14, 2012 10:43 pm

Real class 4 receiver that I wouldn't have a problem towing a car trailer or camper with, and/or using a load-distributing hitch with:

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Progress on making the radii

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Add 1" to the center portion, and this would look good as just a standard step-bumper, without the tire carrier:

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And with the 35" tire... Glass still opens with the tire in the "closed" position:

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by bartonmd » Mon May 14, 2012 10:43 pm

Nakashige wrote:Does this mean mine is in the works for non bl soon after? I am really liking the lines on it


Yeah, I've got one front to do, and a set of sliders for Wink, then your rear is up after that...

The main difference is that yours will be a single swing, because there's no room without the body lift for that latch-mast to stick up in the middle.

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by C-TANG » Mon May 14, 2012 10:59 pm

I need a better paying job so I can get this too.
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by steveroche » Mon May 14, 2012 11:03 pm

I want one. PM will be sent within a month for an order.
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by bartonmd » Mon May 14, 2012 11:04 pm

Yeah, and I don't think the shackle mounts are going anywhere... Tripple-pass welded at 210amps, all around the back side, directly to the 3x3x3/8" angle frame mounts...

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by bartonmd » Mon May 14, 2012 11:09 pm

steveroche wrote:I want one. PM will be sent within a month for an order.


Preliminarily, the pricing will be as follows:

- Standard body with single swing - $750
- 3" body lift with single swing/bearing - $850
- 3" body lift with dual swing - $1000

All the stuff that sets off this one... The details... Make it a GIANT PAIN IN THE ASS. This one -literally- had like $430 in PARTS COST (before powdercoat), let alone the literally 40 hours I have in it (total, probably 8 of that is sitting looking at it, doing the "design" on the fly), at this point in time (plus the ~25 or so that Kyle has been there helping)...

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by bartonmd » Mon May 14, 2012 11:13 pm

However, Ben already gave me a deposit, sight unseen, for the first standard-body rear bumper, so he still gets it for the $650 agreed-upon price... Pays to put a little trust in your fab guy - literally, in this case...

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by Nakashige » Mon May 14, 2012 11:19 pm

Thanks when you get closer to starting send a pm please. I might not need a class 4 hitch since I got the Duramax but it looks like its what the bumper is built off of.
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by bartonmd » Mon May 14, 2012 11:20 pm

Nakashige wrote:Thanks when you get closer to starting send a pm please. I might not need a class 4 hitch since I got the Duramax but it looks like its what the bumper is built off of.


Yeah, I'll send you a PM, and we can talk a little more in depth on the phone, about it all, as time gets closer...

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by Nakashige » Mon May 14, 2012 11:24 pm

Thanks Mike as of now no rush aiming to have the tb back driving in july
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by fishsticks » Mon May 14, 2012 11:50 pm

Dammit Mike. I just dropped $1200 into the front axle of the Yota... and now this?

I already wasn't happy with my swingout and had removed the top part. I was getting around to cutting the base off.

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by Mudwheelin » Tue May 15, 2012 12:18 am

Wow, great job Mike! That looks so wicked. I wish I had a 1/4 of the skills you have. It looks like a million bucks!
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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 15, 2012 12:41 am

Thanks for all the work. It is flat out amazing how it has come together.
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by janesy86 » Tue May 15, 2012 7:09 am

That is incredible! Looks sweet on your rig Kyle!
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by Cable810 » Tue May 15, 2012 7:19 am

C-TANG wrote:I need a better paying job so I can get this too.


Same here man Same here...

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by bartonmd » Tue May 15, 2012 8:07 am

Thanks, guys!

As an aside, a lot of the reason for splitting them on this one, was so he didn't have the full length of arm out there, just to get into the hatch. Kind of cuts down on being able to put stuff in if you've driven-thru a parking spot, or have parallel parked and there's somebody behind you. With the way we're mounting the jerry can holder on the other arm, without a jerry can in it, the lift gate will still open with just the tire swing open. The gas struts, which aren't on yet (tonight), are over-center when closed, so they should hold the gates closed just a little bit, then you pop them over center, and they open the gates up. Because of this, Kyle should be able to unlatch the tire side and swing it open, while the jerry can side will stay closed by itself... We'll see how well it actually works, but that's the plan. Because the tire is so large, though, and the mount offset a bit, he'll still be able to mount a 2' wide table on the tire side, similar to James'.

We're also putting a tab on the tire side, and a mating tab on the center latch post, so that he can put a padlock behind the arm, there, so somebody doesn't just come up and open his tire-carrier in a parking lot or garage. Also adds a little bit of security for the latch, even with a carabiner through it, since this style of latch doesn't come with a secondary safety-latch that you pull with your index finger like the straight latches can come with...

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by DirtyBacon04 » Tue May 15, 2012 10:59 am

holy hell, Mike. The thing looks amazing! Not only do I need a better paying job... I need a JOB!!! I'm bumming it out at my parents house now. Marine Corps stopped paying me back in late April. Oh woe is me...
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