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So I posted the other day my front bumper I built, and now I am working on the rear.


I don't really know where I am going with this just yet, but the plan is to keep it light and light duty, but still look good. It will have a hitch in the middle for a d-ring hook. I don't plan on doing much but tugging my stuck Jeep outta spots I get trapped in once in a while, which doesn't happen often, but you know how that goes.


This is the mount plate. It started as a 7" long strip of 3/16" HRPO and then cut down and bent to go into the frame. Then there are holes in the tab that goes into the frame, backed with threaded nuts, so it bolts from the bottom too.





So far I've bent and mounted a main hoop, here is a shot of what it looks like so far. I'm still deciding on what I wanna do past this. Ive got it up as high as I can without interfering with the hatch.





The tube hugs the body really well, 3/16" to maybe 1/4" gap. This makes me nervous for wheeling so im brainstorming a way to side to side strut the bumper so theres some resistance to bending it into the body.





That's all so far, I will update as progress is made.


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More pictures, got my bottom hoop on. You can see the lower hoop is narrower and doesnt stick out as far, I think its starting to look a little better. I can spend some time now welding some of it up and adding more to it. On the sides they will extend further and bend up at the wheel well line to meet the top hoop.





Oh and this came in the mail today



More progress, its starting to look like a bumper now! After I weld this up, it goes back on the Jeep so I can build a good strong tie-in to make the hitch nice n strong.






Some pics on the Jeep, its on right now so I can build some more brackets and such.






Right now its in the shop getting finishing touches, reinforcements, sanding, and powder coat.
 

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Those mounting plates are cool.

Was it very hard to get them bent up and fitting right?

Do the bottom mounting bolts connect into the psuedo frame rails in the back.

My '98 cherokee has a reciever hitch, (the U-haul varitey) I was think that that would be the most secure place to mount up a rear bumper.

But... I don't know that much 'bout the cherokees.http://www.planet4x4.net/forums/images/smilies/azz.gif


Looks like your mount is pretty darn beefy though.


Thinking about any rocker protection???

Did you do the bending yourself or have a local shop do it? I've been looking for a shop that can do some bending.

Also where do you send your powdercoating?? I've only been able to find big industrial powdercoaters.

LOTS of Money!!!!!



Looks good man, thanks for posting the pics


-Jeff
 

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Those mounting plates are cool.

Was it very hard to get them bent up and fitting right?

Do the bottom mounting bolts connect into the psuedo frame rails in the back.

My '98 cherokee has a reciever hitch, (the U-haul varitey) I was think that that would be the most secure place to mount up a rear bumper.

But... I don't know that much 'bout the cherokees.http://www.planet4x4.net/forums/images/smilies/azz.gif


Looks like your mount is pretty darn beefy though.


Thinking about any rocker protection???

Did you do the bending yourself or have a local shop do it? I've been looking for a shop that can do some bending.

Also where do you send your powdercoating?? I've only been able to find big industrial powdercoaters.

LOTS of Money!!!!!



Looks good man, thanks for posting the pics


-Jeff

The bending and stuff is quite easy, after a few measurements. It's alot easier when you have access to strippit punches, iron workers, shears, press brakes, and so on...

I do all this stuff at work, so every piece was built by me, including the tubing bends. The only thing I am not doing is welding. We have 3 welders on staff, so I let them handle it.

As for powdercoating, we send 1-2 box truck loads to Precision Powder Coating twice a week, so our prices are pretty good, so when I need powdercoating, I just send it out along with the stuff we send off here in the warehouse.

What part of town are you in? We only have a few black color options but I am sure I could help you save a few bucks.

Oh and to answer your rocker protection question, yes, those are next, after some shackle/leaf spring re-work.
 

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All the custom rear bumpers I have seen that mount to the stock location have cracked or pulled out the nuts on the sheetmetal if they have a pull point that gets used or a tire carrier. I am currently building one for my XJ that uses the hitch to support all the weight. I am building it with a swing away tire carrier and high lift mount. I will tie it into the stock bolt holes but only for a little rigidity. All the weight will be supported by the hitch.
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All the custom rear bumpers I have seen that mount to the stock location have cracked or pulled out the nuts on the sheetmetal if they have a pull point that gets used or a tire carrier. I am currently building one for my XJ that uses the hitch to support all the weight. I am building it with a swing away tire carrier and high lift mount. I will tie it into the stock bolt holes but only for a little rigidity. All the weight will be supported by the hitch.
Dave
The factory bumper bolts into 8 holes.

Mine bolts into 17. The odd one is a hole right in the center behind the hitch

I think I might have overdone it.
 
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