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Looking solid as always.
 

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The bumper looks strong as hell but also just as heavy. It looks like in the pictures you're just bolting to the stock mounts which are not known for their strength. Have you thought about using something like this? http://www.nates4x4.com/Retro_fit_Into_the_Frame_XJ_Rear_Bumper_Tie_In_p/tie-in_xjr.htm
Nope I made something very similar to beef that area up. I will be welding them in once I have everything in order so I can paint it and then prep the end so I can weld it to the back end of the floor area. These are the ones that I for my Xj bumper and the second one is what I made for the camper.
 

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Cool I couldn't tell from the other pictures.
 

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Looks nice and clean
 

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More progress on my bumper, Lost a week My father got seriously ill so been dealing with stuff. But the base is getting closer to being done. I have to shape the capes for it yet. but I am happy with how it's looking so far.

Kind of an optical illusion but it is square.
 

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One thing I have found. Once your Aron/mix tank gets to the bottom of the barrel. You might find that the shielding gas is more 50/50 instead or 75/25. Hence some of the crappy welds with excess splatter. I am tempted to take an argon tank (100% argon) that I have and trade it in for a 90/10 mix so that when ever my big tank gets that low I don't have to stop until I can purchase another refill. I was really saving that tank for if I ever got a tig set-up I could try my hand at that. But I really don't see me doing that any time soon.
 

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The tire carrier is almost done. Now I can start on the other side. The one picture isn't very clear but it shows how the bike rack fits alone with the tire on the carrier. I recycled a front hub for the spare tire carrier. It's not all welded up but getting there.
 

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Ok, Im sold. When does mine ship? :D
 

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Very nice work and well thought out.
 

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Thanks guys. I am tempted to make one of these for my rig. But if I did I would have to figure out a way to build it with some weight reduction considerations. I really was not worried about how heavy this thing is because of all the weight that will be going on the tongue of the trailer. With this on the tail end I should be able to avoid having 300 lbs of tongue weight on my bumper.
 

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So I have been trying to wrap up the bumper in my spare time. It's getting there, but taking a break to watch some of the Masters so I thought I'd post a few pics.

It's getting there.
 

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Wow, looking great. Very solid for sure. My only question is why the spare is so high up? Wouldn't it be better to lower it? Looks like it would have to move to the right to clear the jerry cans too. But not lifting the spare that high up when you need it, and lowering the center of gravity a little would be enough for me to mount it lower.
 

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Wow, looking great. Very solid for sure. My only question is why the spare is so high up? Wouldn't it be better to lower it? Looks like it would have to move to the right to clear the jerry cans too. But not lifting the spare that high up when you need it, and lowering the center of gravity a little would be enough for me to mount it lower.


If you don’t mount the tire high like that, it kills your approach angle on obstacles. A lot of guys move the tire behind the drivers side so they have a better view out the passenger side.
 

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If you don’t mount the tire high like that, it kills your approach angle on obstacles. A lot of guys move the tire behind the drivers side so they have a better view out the passenger side.
Yes, but with it being a trailer, Im figuring the departure angle is less of a priority.
 

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I wanted the tire that high because I plan on using the space under it to mount the license plate so that it might be visible through the mountain bike frames when they are mounted behind all that junk?? Another reason is having it there I was able to make the weight of the tire centered a little more over the carrier arm so that once everything is buttoned up and the arm is resting on the plastic spacer (cutting board from Costco) instead of hanging completely off back off it. it. I also like the carrier to swig out of traffic like on my XJ tire carrier. I find it being dead center works well I can catch enough of what is behind me with 33"s any bigger and I think moving it over where COjeeper said would be best. But as for the trailer 31" will pretty much be the tire of choice no real room for bigger. That is way I really wanted to be sure to have a full size spare for the trailer. That way if someone was to borrow it for the weekend it would have it's own spare. and would not have to be running the same tire on their rig.
 

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Does Colorado use fullsize license plates for trailers? Ohio did, but Iowa doesn't, so I had to adapt a new bracket to avoid drilling more holes in my trailer. Iowa has the mini-plates and its ridiculous.
 
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