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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-17-2016, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Diy bumper kits...CHEAP

Check these guys out, lots of options and great prices!

https://www.movebumpers.com/buy-diy-bumper-kits.htm
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dang. for some of those prices, I could have one built.
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It looks like the genius at Build-A-Bear that realized people will pay premiums to put themselves to work has moved on to bumpers.

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It's about half price what you pay for an assembled nice bumper where I'm living. I'm not talking about the big ugly ranch bumper with the cattle guard attached to it. I agree that is overpriced.
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I have one. If you don't have the tools to bend and cut 3/16" steel it is well worth it. I'm sure I could have made the same thing from scratch, but it would have taken me a ton of time, way to many cutting wheels and would not have ended up as straight as it did.
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a local has one, too. i haven't seen it in person but from the pics it is a good looking bumper.

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Love it!! This is exactly how I want my bumper setup. Why the cutouts on each side of the fairlead?
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is that for your bronco? was it customized? any pictures installed?

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My friend and his son just built one of these for his sons 89 F150. I think it really turned out great and I'm sure it was a good father-son project. When I saw the pics, i was unaware that it was a kit. I'll see if I can steal a pic and upload it here...
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Love it!! This is exactly how I want my bumper setup. Why the cutouts on each side of the fairlead?
Those are for the winch free spool lever on one side and the cable plug in on the other side.
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is that for your bronco? was it customized? any pictures installed?
It is for my bronco. I added some extra gussets to the frame mounts for added strength and I may add more support to the sway bar mounts. I don't have it fully installed since I'm waiting to finish all the welding and grinding so I can paint it before I mount it.
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The clevis eyes are they completely thru to the frame or just surface mounted? I watched some videos when this was first posted. I guess I need to go back and watch it again.


Went back to some videos. The clevis mounts are just surface mounted. I would have to modify that so that I can use clevis mounts tied back to the frame. I would hate to destroy a good looking bumper pulling someone stupid out. Not that all people that get stuck are stupid but some of those would not have got stuck if they had a brain to use.

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The clevis eyes are they completely thru to the frame or just surface mounted? I watched some videos when this was first posted. I guess I need to go back and watch it again.


Went back to some videos. The clevis mounts are just surface mounted. I would have to modify that so that I can use clevis mounts tied back to the frame. I would hate to destroy a good looking bumper pulling someone stupid out. Not that all people that get stuck are stupid but some of those would not have got stuck if they had a brain to use.
They are just surface mounted, but I had my friend that does a lot of fab work for a living weld them on so that they are plenty strong and we positioned them basically right in front of the frame mount. I added some extra gussets to the frame mount on the back side to make sure they hold as well. I won't be using the front clevis mounts for anything to heavy since I will have the 12k winch right in between them. My rear bumper has solid 1/2" plate coming directly from the frame to the clevis mount.
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I'm finishing the primer right now, should have paint done tomorrow night and then I will start mounting the winch, lights and finish the wiring. I will be done before the weekend and taking it out for the weekend.
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Came out clean. Seems a little bit high on the price but looks worth it.
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Came out clean. Seems a little bit high on the price but looks worth it.
Not sure how you figure it's high on the price. $550 shipped is considerably cheap then anything built and about the same cost if not cheaper for me then to make it from scratch. A bronco air bumper with winch mount and light holes is $1750. Once you consider the price of the steel, consumables and time it doesn't add up. Not to mention I doubt it would be as clean since it would be all welded instead of bent. Every bumper this style I have seen is well over 1K for even close to the same options. Unless you happen to be lucky enough to have a brake/bender that will bend 3/16" steel, a CNC machine that will cut the parts out perfectly and some cad software to design it.
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A side shot and a 3/4 shot would be great to add.
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550 seems like a damn good deal if you ask me. When you take out materials then you are left with the labor. Seems to me the cheap asses don't want to pay people anything for their labor. I get it that when you are doing things you enjoy for yourself you aren't paying any labor, but it doesn't work that way when someone else is doing it. If this is as sturdy/well-built as it looks like then it is well worth it in my opinion. Very nice looking piece.
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