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post #81 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-03-2016, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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This may be the most useful thing I have read all day. Great tip!
It really did work out pretty well... glad I decided on that little design quirk.

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i love it! I think i want to copy you 100% with the roof rack and all. i just need a tube bender. so only thing that concerns me is you flipping you 2" receiver. it is designed to hold the weight the other way. It may not be as strong that way.. I have been wondering what to do with mine since it is like yours.. maybe you could test it out with a nice heave trailer and get back to us :)

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Man I wish my welds looked that good, they hold but takes a grinder to look good.
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i love it! I think i want to copy you 100% with the roof rack and all. i just need a tube bender. so only thing that concerns me is you flipping you 2" receiver. it is designed to hold the weight the other way. It may not be as strong that way.. I have been wondering what to do with mine since it is like yours.. maybe you could test it out with a nice heave trailer and get back to us :)
Well, the force is in the same plane, just the opposite direction. I do understand what you're getting at, but I don't believe it would be a problem. The force is distributed across the six mounting bolts in exactly the same way. The force applied to the welds that attach the receiver to the crossbar are inverted, but I don't see how it would be weaker in that direction.

I did pull the trailer on the previous page around the block with it...


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Man I wish my welds looked that good, they hold but takes a grinder to look good.
Thanks. I'm by no means an expert welder. Best advice I can give is make sure your metal is as clean as you can get it, and get the settings on the welder right, which just takes knowing your machine, and practice.

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Looks good any more progress.
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any more progress.



Way too much other crap going on right now with the track car, tow rig, trailer, and camper. I hope to be back on the Bronco in the Fall with some new fab projects...

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New to the site. I've had my 96 for 3 almost 4 years now and had to remove my front bumper after the previous owners bent it in. New ties rubbed so I couldn't have that!

Picked up a diamond plated bed tool box from the trash in wonderful condition and have considered using that to fab up a new front!

I started off on your thread of the front bumper, was curious and ...you did! You made a rear! ! ?

I don't have any fab experience but I have welded for three years and used to work as a machinest so I'm hoping a little bit of industrial experience helps.

Long story short you have given me purpose and inspiration that it can be done! ! ! Thank you and I hope to be able to come to you and the rest of this site for guidance! Definitely a ton of professionals here!

I'm done now... ???
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I wouldn't call myself a professional by any stretch... But thanks!

I actually built the rear first, then the front. And, as an update to the thread, 1" round tube dies for my bender should be here this week, so I hope to finish the gas can carrier later this summer.

Still haven't finished the engine swap in the '92 Miata, but I did get the tow rig, camper and trailer dialed in to haul the '13 Miata to a track event in CO in August...



Once we're back from that, it's full speed ahead on the engine swap, then I can start working on the Bronco again. 1st up is finishing the bumper, then it's roof rack time...
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I'm going to basically be building the same bumper (hope you don't mind me copying your design) and was wondering what thickness all your metal was.
I don't want to get too heavy or too light of metal.
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I'm going to basically be building the same bumper (hope you don't mind me copying your design) and was wondering what thickness all your metal was.
I don't want to get too heavy or too light of metal.
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As mentioned a couple of times in the thread, IIRC it's 3/16".

Just returned from 8 days in Utah hiking Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. The camper and tow rig worked great.



I did run it across a certified scale at a truck stop... total weight 20,200lbs!

Saw some beautiful country, and had a great time.







I'm really hoping to get the Bronco up to the Moab area next year... maybe when the Phoenix guys go. Still need to beg, borrow, or buy an open trailer, as it won't fit in the enclosed trailer. Also, I think I'm going to replace the turbo on the Dodge. It pulled fine through the trip, but it doesn't spin as freely as it should, and it appears to be the original at 230k miles. I'd like to upgrade it to lower EGTs for those long grades.

First, gotta finish the engine swap in the race car. Hopefully I can squeeze in some fab time on the Bronco.

Too many projects... not enough time or $$!
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I recognize Bryce Canyon my old stomping grounds! My dad was the Chief Ranger there for about 10 years. Looks like you has some weather. Rare to see any water flowing in those gullies.

That's a nice looking setup- 20K lbs Holy Cow!!

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