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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Las Vegas
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Thanks guys. I really would recommend looking into these if you want some nice offroad bumpers. I'm so happy I did. I just can't wait to get her up in the air on the lift and the wheels that I have just sitting in my spare bedroom. After that ill be doing a southbend twin disc.
As far as the fusion of the 2 metals. I'm pretty sure I'll be alright. I have welded subframe connectors and torque box reinforcements into multiple mustangs that have taken way more abuse at the track than my bumper will ever see. I chamfered the edges of a few of the pieces that when fit together didn't have as much of a space for fusion of the 2 pieces as I would have liked. I had a buddy of mine giving me a hand holding some pieces the very first day I started and what not. Well he told his dad about the bumpers (both of whom just purchased a set each for their big trucks) his dad decided to stop by and take a look at them. He commended me on my welding ability and actually asked where I learned. He's been welding here locally for 40 some odd years. The outside welds like I stated I wasn't too concerned about. The welds inside were my penetrating welds that were there for strength. I'll see if I have some better pictures of the inside welds. They were very flat and when I flipped the bumper over the penetration looked great to us. But I will keep an eye on the brackets as you suggested.
Time into the bumpers said and done welding,grinding, priming, painting I'd say about 25 hours.
As far as monetary costs. I already had the 10lb spool of wire feed, and tons of various grinding discs from previous projects. The only thing I did purchase was a pack of variety drill wire brushes from harbor freight. Cost me 6.99. I purchased the UPOL raptor liner on amazon which cost $110 shipped and the acid etch primer was another $20. So overall besides the initial cost of the bumper nothing really set me back too much and the hours I have into the bumper were fun hours. I stored the bumpers at my folks house and would just come over when I had a chance to work on them and my dad would come out and give me a hand and watch what I was doing so I enjoyed every minute of it.
2000 Regular Cab SHORTY truck.
-5" exhaust to 7" single mitre.
-DJM 3/5 drop
-22" wheels wrapped in 305 nitto 420's
-2008 F350 CCLB ZF6 truck. Leveled, 22's w/37s, deleted, H&Stuned etc -SOLD
-2005 F350 CCLB 6" 37's, studded, tuned etc-SOLD
-2002 F350 CCLB 6"lift, 20's w/35's, DP tuner etc -SOLD
-2005 F250 CCLB 8", 20's w/37's bunch of mods -SOLD
-2002 F250 CCSB 4" lift,18's w/35's DP tunes etc -SOLD