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 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
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.Man I wish my welds looked that good, they hold but takes a grinder to look good.
As mentioned a couple of times in the thread, IIRC it's 3/16".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.