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Old 02-01-2013, 05:57 PM
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Homemade brush guard

I was wondering if build the brush guard out of 1 1/2 square tubing if i would have to bend the tubing diagonal to make it strong enough.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:04 PM
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You are gonna have to explain what you are thinking with more detail...

A schematic or drawing would be helpful.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:49 PM
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DO i have to stand the pipe up like a diamond coming around the corners, or can i just leave it flush edges
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:19 AM
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I would say it depends on the rest of the structure. My two main front corner posts are 2" square and welded on straight, but the rounded piping that goes out and back to the sides are part of the structure and is providing bracing to it...know what I mean?
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I would say it depends on the rest of the structure. My two main front corner posts are 2" square and welded on straight, but the rounded piping that goes out and back to the sides are part of the structure and is providing bracing to it...know what I mean?
Ya i was thinking about two inch for the uprights i just didnt no if u just welded them butted together if they would fold too easy around the headlights it you hit something.
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Here's some better pics of mine. You can see what I mean in the bottom pic about how the whole thing ties together structurally. If you aren't going to build it that way, I would weld the square tubing onto the frame straight then gusset them at the bottom with triangle shaped pieces of say 3/8" flat.





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Here's some better pics of mine. You can see what I mean in the bottom pic about how the whole thing ties together structurally. If you aren't going to build it that way, I would weld the square tubing onto the frame straight then gusset them at the bottom with triangle shaped pieces of say 3/8" flat.





OK. thanks I understand much more now that i see the pictures. That thing looks like it will withstand some pressure
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I hope so lol.

Not saying my design is perfect but I think it's effective. Problem with steel is you run into the weight vs. effectiveness battle right? I mean you could build a bumper that is almost literally indestructible...but it would take a crane and a dozen men to handle it, never mind the issues like front suspension, ball joints, frame etc etc.
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Heres what I come up with. Took me a while to reply. Now i have plans of building bumper to mount this on.
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Hey nice work! I like the look of the free standing loops around the headlights that run out sideways from the main two center posts but I decided against that style cause I think they would fold back too easily with an impact. Know what I mean? If you are going to adapt what you have there onto your own DIY bumper I would find a way to beef them up a little with gusseting or structure down to the main bumper. Just my .02
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