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by bartonmd » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:33 pm

Well, I've got bad news. Not only did my real job fack my schedule last year and squander my $2200 insurance for the year on a single finished bumper, but the company who I had insurance through no longer covers at-home welding businesses. What's worse is that the only and cheapest insurance I can find (and I've been searching and getting turned away from everybody who sells insurance for 3 months, now) is a specialty lines carrier that would charge me $7,000 in premiums for $17,000 in gross sales. No thanks. The most money I've profited in a year, thus far, is $200 last year. So at this point, if I weld anything at home, for business, and I burn my house down, my homeowners insurance won't cover it. I'm not doing that, either.

I'm still going to do standard bumper kits and skidplates (I can weld those at work, after hours), but I can't do any for-profit welding at my house for the foreseeable future. This means that I won't be doing any finished/welded bumpers for sale.

If I haven't already sent you a PM, this doesn't affect you.

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by BigBen » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:30 pm

I'm sorry to Hear this. Sure it sucks about people (myself included) who.can't get their bumpers made, but more so that things didn't work out for you. Come to Texas sometime and I'll get the beers.
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by bartonmd » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:36 pm

Thanks, Ben. It sucks all the way around!

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by HARDTRAILZ » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:17 pm

I know you worked your ass off to try and be able to continue but its beyond your control.

Thanks for doing all you could!
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by Regulator1175 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:25 am

I completely understand your troubles, thanks for all that you have done for us Mike!
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by Opeth » Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:12 am

Well crap......

Can you clarify what a standard bumper kit would consist of and what we can no longer order in the kit? Like are 3" body lift kits obsolete?
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by bartonmd » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:18 am

Thanks Matt and Kyle!

Cody, yeah, that's along the lines of what I said, but not exactly my response when I found out for sure. When I say standard kits, I mean kits for standard bumpers, which are non-body-lift and 3" body lift. Meaning that I can't do kits for winch bumpers or rear bumpers.

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by Sugar16 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:14 am

Man that is some real bad news. I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. Thank you for trying everything you can to continue.
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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:22 am

Opeth wrote:Like are 3" body lift kits obsolete?


You know he was never a body lift vendor, correct?

Mike: For clarification and since the 2 inch body lift may be only one available...is there a kit for those?
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by bartonmd » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:46 am

HARDTRAILZ wrote:
Opeth wrote:Like are 3" body lift kits obsolete?


You know he was never a body lift vendor, correct?

Mike: For clarification and since the 2 inch body lift may be only one available...is there a kit for those?


I think he meant the 3" body lift bumper kits, but he wasn't specific, so who knows...

I don't have one for the 2" BL, but can design one if there is a need (i.e. an order)

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by mikekey » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:47 am

So winch bumpers and the like are off the list now right? Are standard bumper kits just the standard bumper now?

Might want to update that list in your other thread for all the noobs who are bound to ask you repeat dummy questions.

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by Opeth » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:56 am

HARDTRAILZ wrote:
Opeth wrote:Like are 3" body lift kits obsolete?


You know he was never a body lift vendor, correct?


Yes, sorry I didn't make what I was trying to say clearer. I looked in mikes thread about selling the bumper kits and saw one was Strickly called a standard bumper and 3" bumper was listed seperate. So I thought he would only be making the standard bumper kit only.
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by bartonmd » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:45 am

mikekey wrote:So winch bumpers and the like are off the list now right? Are standard bumper kits just the standard bumper now?

Might want to update that list in your other thread for all the noobs who are bound to ask you repeat dummy questions.

Good luck Barton.


Normal winch bumpers (flat top, angles bottom) are a no-go, but if there is demand, I can have the "winch off of a standard" punched and bent as a kit and it can be done that way.

Yeah, I need to do that. Currently in Canada working 12-14 hrs/day again.

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by nayrlladnar » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:37 pm

Dang. I've been wanting one of your bumpers for a while now. :wallbash: Best of luck in the future.
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by bartonmd » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:24 pm

nayrlladnar wrote:Dang. I've been wanting one of your bumpers for a while now. :wallbash: Best of luck in the future.


Thanks!

However, for a weekend and the same price as a fully built bumper of mine, you can get a bumper kit, a $200 HF welder, and a new skill to be more independent from having to pay people to do things for you, for the rest or your life!

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by Nakashige » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:41 am

Shit Man Insurance Ruins everything. I may have my bumpers for sale depending on how my buggy trailblazer build takes me
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by bartonmd » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:35 am

Insurance, taxes, and all the legal bullshit (liability, etc.) does ruin everything. People wonder why there are so much fewer small businesses these days...

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by Nakashige » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:38 pm

Exactly, I make the struggle with mine 40 hours plus ot at the day job second shift then my business any other time around that
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by Eredin » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:33 am

Mike, are you still offering the skids or kits for them? If so, how much are the kits?

Sorry to hear this didn't work out, those bumpers look amazing!

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by bartonmd » Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:34 am

Eredin wrote:Mike, are you still offering the skids or kits for them? If so, how much are the kits?

Sorry to hear this didn't work out, those bumpers look amazing!

Thanks!

Second paragraph of the OP.

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