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This is how it sits now. I still need to cut two more peices or tubing and put them on the end, and then just make end caps. Sorry about the bad quality, I took it with my cell. I'll be sure to post good quality pictures when it's all done :thumbsup:
 

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This is how it sits now. I still need to cut two more peices or tubing and put them on the end, and then just make end caps. Sorry about the bad quality, I took it with my cell. I'll be sure to post good quality pictures when it's all done :thumbsup:
No problem. Even bad pics are fun to look at, and this isn't even a bad pic.
 

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If all goes well I'll finish it monday. I was going to build some rock sliders while I had everything out. What size metal do you guys recommend? I used 1/8" for my bumper and it seems pretty beefy so I was just going to run that. Also I can't decide of I want to do 2" square tubing or 2x4" tubing. What do you guys think?
 

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well as for the sliders, you could just go to jcr or equivalent and see what gauge metal they are using.

as far as tubing or 2x4 its up to you. i like the look of tubing better, but you would want to add a hoop or more tubing to stick out further to protect the rockers. the 2x4's are cool as well and are probably easier to build because they already stick out more. the only reason i wouldnt run 2x4 as a first choice up here in WI is because of snow and other crap getting stuck on top of them like lets say mud. i already clean enough snow off of the arb front bumper and it gets annoying haha. but in CA im sure you dont have to worry about it to much. either way im sure they will turn out sweet.
 

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Yuep, if you ever want to fab a rear bumper I would be more then happy to help you kyle :p
 

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Very nice job.

Question: Are you going to be using this bumper for recovery? If so, you should think about somehow tying it into the rear frame rails, similar to how hitches are installed.

As for the rock sliders, I'd recommend 3/16" thickness. The 1/8" just may not be strong enough if you take some hard hits. I know my 3/16" sliders have some dents in them, wouldn't want to see what they'd be like if it was 1/8".
 

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i use my rear bumper for recovery all the time and only use the four stock bolts

a hitch uses just as many only at a different point on the unibody ;)
 

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I think that those four bolts only bolt to a thing horizontal crossmember that goes from frame rail to frame rail though, which is why I haven't considered it as a strong recovery point. Feel free to correct me though because I may be wrong.
 

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I am going to weld 3/4" D ring tabs on the bumper and use it for recovery. I have a hitch as well so if I need to do any heavy pulling then I'll just use that, but the stock bumper mounting location seems strong enough for what I am going to be doing.
 

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cant wait to see what it looks like when its all done,I am wanting to make one up for mine but i think the wife would devorce me be4 i had it mounted to the jeep
 

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well as for the sliders, you could just go to jcr or equivalent and see what gauge metal they are using.

as far as tubing or 2x4 its up to you. i like the look of tubing better, but you would want to add a hoop or more tubing to stick out further to protect the rockers. the 2x4's are cool as well and are probably easier to build because they already stick out more. the only reason i wouldnt run 2x4 as a first choice up here in WI is because of snow and other crap getting stuck on top of them like lets say mud. i already clean enough snow off of the arb front bumper and it gets annoying haha. but in CA im sure you dont have to worry about it to much. either way im sure they will turn out sweet.
Hate to correct you but I think he was talking about 2" square vs. 2" x 4" rectangle.

OP - I personally like the 2" square with a 1.5" tube welded on. If you do live in a snow belt then going this route would help prevent the snow (or mud) from building up on top of the 2" x 4"...

P.s. - bumper looks good so far and for d-ring mounts I would suggest the ones you weld "into" the bumper (A to Z Fabrication sells them along with many other places) as opposed to the weld "on" tabs...:thumbsup:
 

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My only problem if I did that would be cutting the metal. Idk how I would cut a rectangle out of the middle of the tubing to put the tabs in.
Yep - just like that and to cut a rectangle you would use a drill bit in the corners then file them down...:thumbsup:

Give me some time and I'll have a little write up on how I do mine - it might be a month until I get to them but I have for of those sitting on my bench waiting for me to build my bumpers...
 
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