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Old 12-29-2012, 03:45 PM   #176 (permalink)
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Made some more progress today on the bumper. Just tacking every thing together for fit.

The horns appear to be 3/16. I like the channel idea. I still need to tie in the bottom plate. I may get a different piece to cover the entire bottom and put some holes in for drainage. I like the thought of it tied into the front crossmember. Wouldn't look good with it sitting on the ground the first time I pull with it. It is hung off a couple 1/4/20 bolts through the current tabs while I mock every thing together.

Not sure if visible, but in the pic are marks where I will run some 1.25 tube. I'll need to get that bent though. Possible small hoop for lights. The old lights were mounted under the stock bumper. Knocked em out almost every trip.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:28 AM   #177 (permalink)
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Was out in the garage with my morning coffee staring at my bumper. Nothing seems to get done when I do that.

I was actually thinking of where to put gussets. Obviously I will put something behind where the 2x3 wraps the fender. Next I was thinking where the 90* angle of the 2x3 and 2x6 channel meet.

What do you think about running round tube from the bottom corner of the 2x6 channel to the under side of the 2x3 just short of the 45* corner. I still will run pieces from the angled 2x6 face to the 2x3 according to the marks.

Does this make sense? I don't know how to draw lines on the pic.

I'm trying to keep the look simple. Yet don't want it to look to busy.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:38 PM   #178 (permalink)
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Edited the last photo after I figured out how to put paint on it. Maybe something like the above. Open to ideas.

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Old 12-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #179 (permalink)
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I like where you're going with it. How about considering a small aux light down low where that tube protects it? Tube protect from the bottom.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:04 PM   #180 (permalink)
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Haven't given to much thought to light placement so-far. I'm looking on-line for something that catches my eye.

Also still need to re-adjust the headlights after the height increase.

I was thinking about a couple rock lights down low, with some type of pencil up higher.

As long as they can see it on satellite it'l be enough.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:42 PM   #181 (permalink)
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Been swamped the last week.

Took the bumper into work for heavy welding. Plus a little grinding (Holy fuck a lot of grinding) The little mig isn't hot enough for the C-channel thickness.

Getting a local shop to bend the tube.

Will post pics tomorrow when I get it home.

Maybe I can get it all prepped and ready for paint this weekend.

Still need to run the wiring. I'm thinking about putting the box under the hood.

Might have a line on some 4" deaver leaf springs for the rear. They are the 63" so I need to see if I can get em under there without moving the axle to much.

An inch or two back would be alright, but I really don't want any more than that.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:28 PM   #182 (permalink)
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:56 AM   #183 (permalink)
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Hey jopickens, How you like those sliders you made, now that you have a few runs on them?

Starting to think about the rear bumper. Either some 2x8 C-channel or box tube. Maybe the box tube cause I was thinking of 2x6 rectangular for the sliders.

All I wanted to do was run bigger tires on a stronger axle.

This build is going to steadily get out of control and I love it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:27 AM   #184 (permalink)
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Yay! Yes... It catches on and you don't know where it'll stop. 8-)

I love the sliders... very smooth, controllable, and above all, steady - i.e. no side-to-side slop like a longer than factory shackle can give you. Could you ultimately get more 'flex' with a whiz bang shackle setup? Probably... but I don't think you can dispute the brute strength/high clearance setup the sliders can provide. FYI I used 3.5" x 3.5" 1/4" wall square tube with 3/4" solid square stock welded on for the guides to build my slider boxes.

edit: Front/Rear bumpers are constructed out of 3"x8" rectangular 1/4" wall tube - FYI

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Rear bumper/slider boxes: (not quite finished in this pic)

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Old 01-19-2013, 12:32 PM   #185 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. I was following when you built those.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #186 (permalink)
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:18 PM   #187 (permalink)
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Still toying with the idea of 63" rear leafs. The center pin is way off of course.

To keep the axle in its current location I would need to move the front and rear spring mounts fore and aft. Buddy at work was saying I might be able to re-use those long ass shackles I made for the rear.

To move the fronts, It appears I would need to drop the tank to get new bolts through the frame. This appears to be a lot of work.

Does it make sense to pull the bed and come in from the top? Looks like I could get inside the frame rail from above.

Of course I am afraid of what might happen if I pull the bed off. (flatbed hmmm)

Bumper still is out for the tubing. Dude is busy and I cant wrap up the winch until I get it back.

I was searching for a noise and vibration the other day. So I lifted the rear and put it in gear. At idle I can see the drive line wobble. While I still have to get the pinion angle right, I wonder if I need to take it back and have it re-balanced.

I really hate having to re-do shit.
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Still toying with the idea of 63" rear leafs. The center pin is way off of course.

To keep the axle in its current location I would need to move the front and rear spring mounts fore and aft. Buddy at work was saying I might be able to re-use those long ass shackles I made for the rear.

To move the fronts, It appears I would need to drop the tank to get new bolts through the frame. This appears to be a lot of work.

Does it make sense to pull the bed and come in from the top? Looks like I could get inside the frame rail from above.

Of course I am afraid of what might happen if I pull the bed off. (flatbed hmmm)

Bumper still is out for the tubing. Dude is busy and I cant wrap up the winch until I get it back.

I was searching for a noise and vibration the other day. So I lifted the rear and put it in gear. At idle I can see the drive line wobble. While I still have to get the pinion angle right, I wonder if I need to take it back and have it re-balanced.

I really hate having to re-do shit.
Take the bed off and thank me later, its so much easier to work on
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Bring him some or something in a etc.

Course this rain probably isn't helping either.

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Bumper still is out for the tubing. Dude is busy and I cant wrap up the winch until I get it back.

I really hate having to re-do shit.





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Take the bed off and thank me later, its so much easier to work on
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:44 PM   #190 (permalink)
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After a shitty couple days of dealing with car problems. Fucking computer took a shit for the second time in three months on the freeway. I got some good news.

Shop who had my bumper called to say they had made time to get to my bumper today. sent me a pic of the tube they had bent. After speaking with them I stopped by after work.

CHASSIS UNLIMITED in Livermore Ca. HOOKED ME THE FUCK UP!

I realize that they are an extremely busy production facility, yet they took the time and effort to treat me like an old friend.
Great guys who you would definitely pound some beers with.
After seeing some of the work they do and the products they create, I certainly look forward to dealing with them for my future needs.
In addition to bending some tube for my bumper they took the time to fab a couple gussets on the plasma table and weld everything in for me while we bullshitted.

Thanks Chassis Unlimited, I'll be bringing some cold ones by for you, and look forward to knocking back a few with you.

Now on to the pics.

I did all the welding of the 2x6 channel and 2x3 rectangular at work then ground everything down. Chassis Unlimited added the tube and gussets.

I am very happy with the way it turned out. Tossed it on the truck and mocked the winch in to check clearance. It fits like a glove and does not stick out very far.

Edit: re-trying pics

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #192 (permalink)
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Are you going to run a fairlead?
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:10 PM   #195 (permalink)
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Yes. It came with a roller I just need to do some drilling for fairlead and winch mounting bolts.

Get it sanded and ready for paint.

I am thinking of adding a grill gaurd of some sort but haven't quite decided what. I kind of like the simplicity of it the way it is.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:00 AM   #196 (permalink)
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Nice bumper. Like how it's tucked into the body.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:15 PM   #197 (permalink)
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That bumper looks great.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #199 (permalink)
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Thanks,

I'm really happy with it as this is a first for me. Not to shabby for using a bunch of scrap/remnants I scrounged up.
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