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Old July 20th, 2009, 20:23
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Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

So I been thinking the orgional mount I made for my winch just wasn't cutting it anymore. It did fine for what it was but the jeep just needed more.

So today I started with this:

Then took some of this:

Made some of these:

Attached it to this:

Then ended up with something like this:

Through on a little side skirting:

Which made it look a little more like this:

Welded it all together and through in some inner bracing:

So plans are to finish it all up sometime this week by throwing on some top and bottom covers for the side ends, attaching the d-ring mounts where the bracing is attached at, cutting out a spot for the flare head, adding some light tabs, then cleaning it all up with a mop wheel and throwing on some paint.
All the steel is 3/16" thick plate, except for the winch plate which is 5/8", and the bracing is 3/16" angle to take the force from the D-ring pulls to the 16 bolt frame mounts. Let me know what you guys think.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 20:39
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

Looks pretty bulking and big. The front and winch plate look like you cut it drunk, kinda ~. Also if you have a chance you should bring it closer to the front, and cut out part of the grill, better approach angle and it will look cleaner.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 20:15
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

Well I final got around to getting a little more work done on the bumper:

Threw on the top and bottom side plates, filled in all the welds. Then took the angle grinder and smoothed it all out. Next step is to throw on the D-rings, hit the hole thing with a mop disc, and throw on a little paint.











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Old August 8th, 2009, 20:21
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

Looks good. I want the same type of thing for my jeep.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 20:52
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

How Much Time And money do you have into that minus the winch

im looking into building a tube bumper i dont know theres to many styles that look good on XJ'S i just sit here and drool
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Old August 9th, 2009, 01:45
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

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...All the steel is 3/16" thick plate, except for the winch plate which is 5/8"...

5/8"! damn how much does that weigh?
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Old August 9th, 2009, 08:53
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

Here's mine I just made. Its not finished but functional. Very similiar to above.
Spent less than $65 on this. I just bought $25 worth of tube to finish the outside.

A few of the pics from my build thread





View my whole build thread here.

http://www.steelvalley4x4.net/Defaul...?g=posts&t=454

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Old August 9th, 2009, 09:49
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

Umm whats that tow hook attached to?
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Old August 9th, 2009, 19:55
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

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5/8"! damn how much does that weigh?
That's just the plate the winch sits on. I can hold the whole bumper with one hand. I'd say like 50lbs, but it's a lot lighter than it looks to me.

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How Much Time And money do you have into that minus the winch

im looking into building a tube bumper i dont know theres to many styles that look good on XJ'S i just sit here and drool
Ya I would have loved to do tube but don't have a bender. I got about 40 bucks in the steel. Hardware from lowes was like 12 bucks for bolts. Then I got like 60 in materials as far as grinding discs, gas for the torch, and other crap. Time I don't even know, I've just been workin on it in my spare time.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 19:16
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

Well finally finished up the work on the bumper today. Got the D-rings welded on and also hit the hole thing with a mop disc. Just waiting on the paint to dry now so I can throw it on tomorrow.





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Old August 17th, 2009, 14:52
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Re: Another Cheap XJ Winch bumper build

Here's some final pics of the finished project. We got it done and mounted on Friday along with my new 33's so the first thing we did was head out for wheeln' for the weekend.





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