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by bartonmd » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:30 pm

I didn't take the crazy amount of time to make the trim on the front of the verticals, but here's basically what I'm talking about...

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by bartonmd » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:45 pm

Convo has gone to PMs as we talk about specifics... One of us will post what he ends up ordering...

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by djthumper » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:27 pm

I like that design but I can't wait to see what you come up with for him.
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by bartonmd » Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:47 am

Thanks! Sounds like it's going to end up being an all tube brush guard, but we'll find out...

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by Skidder » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:05 am

Here is rundown of what Mike and I have been PMing...

Looks like my plan will be both skid plates and a slight mod to the plated bumper Mike quick sketched. After looking at James' bumper build on the OS, I think the light bar I had Mike put in the sketch might just be too crowded on the actual bumper. But we haven't kicked this around yet; Mike is the magician/expert here, so I'll go with his expert advise.

Here are the details.

Bumper… non-lift bumper, tube brush guard, plate and trim on the vertical/center section of brush guard, wings, 2" hitch, small light holes like in the 06+ bumper and powder coating.

Oil pan skid, which price includes both powder coating and shipping. Adding rear bolt head protectors, but my military discount covers the cost of the add.

Rad skid (for stock 02 TB)...add for bolt head protectors (same deal with military discount), add for powder coating.

I'll go with the oil pan skid first, because the shipping is in the price. Then, have the bumper and rad skid shipped together for because it saves ~$35 over the rad skid separate option.

To get the ball rolling, I'll shoot Mike the down payment for the bumper, the rad skid, and the oil pan skid, via PayPal. The skids are easier/quicker to produce than the bumper, for all the reasons someone might imagine...not as many options, not nearly as big a project. Bottom line is, the remaining balances need to be paid up before shipping.

Did I miss anything Mike?
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by bartonmd » Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:31 am

Nope, that's pretty much it!

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by Trail X » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:55 pm

This should be a fun thread to follow. It'll be great seeing the idea go from abstract concept to fruition.
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by bartonmd » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:13 pm

JamesDowning wrote:This should be a fun thread to follow. It'll be great seeing the idea go from abstract concept to fruition.


LOL, welcome to once a month, here :mrgreen:

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by djthumper » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:03 pm

That is because you have Kyle to keep you busy ;)
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by bartonmd » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:13 pm

djthumper wrote:That is because you have Kyle to keep you busy ;)


Well, there is that, but there have been lots of firsts around the shop... First full tube brush guard, first winch bumper, first 3" body lift winch bumper, first 2" body lift winch bumper (currently on the operating table), first frenched in lights, first MDB wife-resistant running boards, first MDB tube sliders, first bumper-mounted tire carrier, first powdercoated bumper, first powdercoated radiator skid, etc. etc...

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by djthumper » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:44 pm

Wow, you do have a lot going on. Sounds like you need to take time off from work to get some work done. ;) If I were closer I would come by and give you a hand getting some of that done.
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by bartonmd » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:56 pm

djthumper wrote:Wow, you do have a lot going on. Sounds like you need to take time off from work to get some work done. ;) If I were closer I would come by and give you a hand getting some of that done.


That's stuff that I have done, already... The only one of the listed that isn't done yet is the 2" body lift winch bumper... The only firsts that I know are coming up are the tube and plate brush guard above, and the 3" body lift Envoy bumper...

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by Flying Monkey » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:59 pm

bartonmd wrote:
djthumper wrote:Wow, you do have a lot going on. Sounds like you need to take time off from work to get some work done. ;) If I were closer I would come by and give you a hand getting some of that done.


That's stuff that I have done, already... The only one of the listed that isn't done yet is the 2" body lift winch bumper... The only firsts that I know are coming up are the tube and plate brush guard above, and the 3" body lift Envoy bumper...

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OHHHHHHHHHHH what are we looking at as far as sliders. Im REALLY wanting a set and was goign to order a set of unwelded from ebay after first of year. But would rather buy from you
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by bartonmd » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:53 pm

Flying Monkey wrote:
OHHHHHHHHHHH what are we looking at as far as sliders. Im REALLY wanting a set and was goign to order a set of unwelded from ebay after first of year. But would rather buy from you


Honestly, unless you've got an EXT, want something special, and/or are local to me, you're going to have to have somebody weld them on anyway, so you might as well just get the Trailgear ones and be done with it...

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by Flying Monkey » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:57 pm

Ah ok. Thanks .......any chance of you moving to north GA anytime soon? lol
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by blown4pt3 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:34 am

Mike, the bumpers look great! The silver TB on the first page with both the driving and fog lights really catches my attention. I also really like the brush guard you show at the top of page two. My questions is, any chance you would consider making a slight change to the area in front of the wheels? Unlike most of the guys on this site, I don't need the additional clearance/approach angle, but would like more protection for the wheel/tire/suspension as my offroad driving consists of going through fields, no trails. I'm not too far from Indy and if you are interested, maybe we can work something out. Oh, and I'm also interested in your skid plates, maybe doing a package purchase. Thanks!
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by Skidder » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:14 pm

Mike,

What is the best way to share visuals ideas using your sketch? Do I need to save the image, then open it in a "paint"-like program, then save it a photo saving program?

Or is there a more simple way?
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by navigator » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:27 am

I would guess Mike uses CAD or something similar.
I'm not sure but you might be able to download Google sketch (free) and do something with it.
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by bartonmd » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:01 am

Skidder wrote:Mike,

What is the best way to share visuals ideas using your sketch? Do I need to save the image, then open it in a "paint"-like program, then save it a photo saving program?

Or is there a more simple way?


Like Navigator said, just put it in Paint, and make a sketch of what you want... Unless, of course, you want to spend $4k on a seat of Inventor, in which case, you could make something similar...

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by Nakashige » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:24 am

Inventor is on my old high school laptop. I miss doing cad and other design worlk
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