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Old 12-23-2011, 01:56 PM   #376 (permalink)
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:06 PM   #377 (permalink)
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:01 AM   #378 (permalink)
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I hope to get on it soon, we just expanded our mechanical division and have been very busy. There are a million little things that need to be tighten
ned up, the drive with no front shocks was ok until I hit a bad set of railway tracks, was fun.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:23 PM   #379 (permalink)
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Well I figured I'd better get some front bumper mounts on, there was no real room to put anything substantial and I really didn't like the front spring hangers that I bought to do the front spring conversion so I built a new set of spring hangers with integrated bumper mounts. The really cleaned up the front of the frame and tied the steering box in nicely.

here is a pic of the old set up with the bought hangers.

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Old 02-02-2012, 11:25 PM   #380 (permalink)
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And here is the new built set up, the hole in the side is for towing/tie down point if I ever need it.

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Old 02-02-2012, 11:32 PM   #381 (permalink)
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Nice work! I know our Peterbilts have a POS bumper mounting setup even with HERD/AliArc setups, yours looks much better.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:05 AM   #382 (permalink)
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Yeah, we install a lot of HD bumpers on HD trucks, it's surprising what is not there to hold this stuff on with. The newer trucks with the low hoods and big rads for the big power no longer have a framerail to bolt anything on the front other than a pretty light duty bracket, creates issues when we need to support anything off of the front of the trucks, automatically involves engineering to be certain we are not creating a disaster.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:07 AM   #383 (permalink)
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She's lookin good man, so what Panther River-ish area come May long then?
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:44 PM   #384 (permalink)
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Bumper time, side plates are 3/8, doubled up at the strap point, winch box is 5/16, grill guard will have 2 3/4" pins so it hinges down, it sits level when folded so it can double up for something else, couple of driving light holes in the centre. Some minor work to bend up a couple of wings for the sides and a little tube work to cover up the lights and that will be done. It's leaning a little forward in the pic cuz the bolts are not tight. Looking at Warns military 22 and 24 thousand pound electrics for a winch, I have a 20K PTO winch that can easily be converted to hydraulic but by the time I throw on a pto/pump, and the big winch I will double the weight of the truck and I really don't like heavy shit plus all the extra moving parts, I really don't plan on ever needing it but for some reason if it's there it will probably get used.....





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Old 02-07-2012, 12:11 AM   #385 (permalink)
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Grillguard doubles as a moto-rack so you can still carry a couple bikes even when you're not pulling the trailer?
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:54 PM   #386 (permalink)
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it would make a nice heavy duty workbench with a piece of plywood tossed over the top.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:58 PM   #387 (permalink)
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Doesn't the front clip hinge forward? Wouldn't the grill hit the bumper/grill guard?
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:27 AM   #388 (permalink)
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Can't read eh? That's a bitch.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:13 PM   #389 (permalink)
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Everything hinges forward. Got some tubing on, have to tie up some loose ends but that's the basic design. When the grill guard is folded down it sits level, there is also a pin location so the pin doesn't get lost, can set stuff on it, hang stuff on it, store firewood on it, stand on it, just thought that feature might get handy. Tubing is 2x.134 DOM, enough to keep the deer off the paint.

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Couple more pics, wings are 3/16.



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Will you have to remove those bolts to make it hinge down? Any pics with it folded out? It looks really good, the proportions are spot on.
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Will you have to remove those bolts to make it hinge down? Any pics with it folded out? It looks really good, the proportions are spot on.
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Why does it seem most people on pirate cant read!
He said you pull 2-3/4 inch pins and it SWINGS DOWN!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:50 PM   #393 (permalink)
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that is a proper bumper.

it really finishes off the front of the truck.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:46 PM   #394 (permalink)
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Why does it seem most people on pirate cant read!
He said you pull 2-3/4 inch pins and it SWINGS DOWN!
I can read, but I am not seeing how it happens. All I see are four bolts on the uprights and a couple of empty holes below. A picture is worth a thousand words
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Typically you remove some pins and the bumper/bush guard swings down.


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Loving your camper, a Trunk road exploration vehicle.[/QUOTE]

Thanks, you can spend a lot of time checking out that road and all the trails along it.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #397 (permalink)
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Added some bracing and welded the grill guard up, got nice and rigid.



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Old 02-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #399 (permalink)
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Ah ha, so you do have to remove the upper bolts and move them to the empty hole. That was worth at least a thousand words. Nice set-up. To all of you "just pull the pins, pull the pins can't you read?"
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Was wondering if/how you were going to connect the tubes between the plates. Like the way you jogged the center-tube up higher like that. Looks fantastic.
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