I have had alot of people ask about the bumper on my 94 so I thought I would do a write up about building it along pictures.
For my winter project for the winter of 10-11 I decided to build a bumper with tow points and a 2" receiver. I found a great deal on a piece of 8" aluminum channel so that's what I went with. Then I built the frame out of 2x3 and 2x2 1/4" steel.
I cut a small portion of the front of the frame rails and welded two 2"receivers inside the frame rails and then through bolted them.
I used 1/2" plate to make the tow points and drilled a 5/8" hole in them to mount shackles. I carry the shackles in my toolbox. I shaped the aluminum into the shape I wanted and got a large sheet of 1/4" aluminum and filled the gap between the bumper and the truck.
After I got the basic shape I had to cut the ends off.
I bolted the bumper to the frame with 4 1/4" bolts. I cut the center of the bumper out so that it would have holes like the stock one did. I cut it to large and had to go back and fill it.
However it did make easier to attach the tow points. After it was all said and done I painted it white to match truck.
The front hitch works, had to test it
If I were to do it again I would use 10"channel and slightly lower the hitch. I would also hide the tow points underneath the bumper or use hooks attached underneath for a cleaner look. All in all I think I have about $350 in supplies and 50hrs into this.