Rear bumper build

Rear bumper build

Postby racrx7 [OP] » November 6th 2016, 5:59am

Since I couldn't find a rear bumper I liked to fit my van, I thought I just build one. I made a mock up from 3/16" foam project board and used the pieces as a pattern to cut the 3/16 plate. It will also have a swing out spare tire carrier.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby MI_Ghost » November 6th 2016, 7:28am

Looks like a good starting point.
Are you going to build a subframe mount for it like CargoCrawler did for his?
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby 97cargocrawler » November 6th 2016, 10:20am

Great work! How did you cut the steel?
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby racrx7 [OP] » November 6th 2016, 11:15am

It was cut with a plasma cutter.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby chaosR » November 7th 2016, 1:54am

That will look awesome. Nice work! What gauge steel did you go with? Are you adding a rear or and any tow hooks?
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby racrx7 [OP] » November 7th 2016, 2:00am

Thx Chaos. Yes, I'll be adding D-ring pads, receiver hitch and probably led back up lights. Gotta get the old bumper off and figure out my mounting arrangement before I go cutting holes in it lol. And, it's 3/16" cold rolled steel.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby theFlyingDutchman » November 7th 2016, 7:28am

Looking good :thumbup: can't wait to see the final product
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby MeTanVan » December 18th 2016, 4:13am

WOW! Good looking Rear Bumper. You have given me inspiration to plan a rear bumper project. Oh, by the way I found out that a Toyota FJ front bumper is the right width for our vans, Mule Expedition Outfitters in Seattle used to work on Astros and Safaris. Lift kits, Bumpers, fiberglass tops, etc. They would install ARB front bumpers from a FJ Cruiser. Not sure what modifications, if any, they had to do.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby ironhead79 » December 18th 2016, 4:56am

If only I could weld, nice build !!
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby Astrofarian » December 18th 2016, 7:22am

ironhead79 wrote:If only I could weld, nice build !!


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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby TurnNburn » December 19th 2016, 6:20pm

MeTanVan wrote: Oh, by the way I found out that a Toyota FJ front bumper is the right width for our vans, Mule Expedition Outfitters in Seattle used to work on Astros and Safaris. Not sure what modifications, if any, they had to do.


I have seen them do this before. The width is right, but the overall height is waaaay to tall in my opinion. It covers like half of the radiator/condenser.

Are you going to be doing a front bumper in that style as well?! That would be equally awesome!
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby 97cargocrawler » December 19th 2016, 6:35pm

TurnNburn wrote:
MeTanVan wrote: Oh, by the way I found out that a Toyota FJ front bumper is the right width for our vans, Mule Expedition Outfitters in Seattle used to work on Astros and Safaris. Not sure what modifications, if any, they had to do.


I have seen them do this before. The width is right, but the overall height is waaaay to tall in my opinion. It covers like half of the radiator/condenser.


^that and they just look plain stupid on our vans.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby WimpTech » December 19th 2016, 6:42pm

WOW, how the @!#$% did I miss this post?! OUTSTANDING! Can't wait to see the final product. Looks like you have a dip in the middle for the spare tire, what king of mount are you looking at for phase 2?
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby TurnNburn » December 19th 2016, 6:43pm

Yeah that, and for the price you could have the front and rear built properly.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby racrx7 [OP] » December 19th 2016, 9:03pm

WOW, how the @!#$% did I miss this post?! OUTSTANDING! Can't wait to see the final product. Looks like you have a dip in the middle for the spare tire, what king of mount are you looking at for phase 2?


Thank you:-) Yes, that cut out is for a swingout spare tire holder with Jerry can racks. As for the mounting, I'm not sure yet. I'll have to stand it in place and look at my options. Cargocrawler has an interesting mount system. Also, a friend of mine here in town that builds Taco bumpers incorporates a receiver hitch mount set up that looks very stout.
And yes, there will be a matching front bumper to follow. I was planning on doing that one in aluminum, but now that I'm going to a Dana44 SAS setup, steel will be more economical.
I work pretty much 7/12 nights a week, so progress is not as speedy as I'd like it to be. My apologies for the delays in progress.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby TurnNburn » December 19th 2016, 9:11pm

racrx7 wrote: now that I'm going to a Dana44 SAS setup


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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby micahgc » March 3rd 2017, 5:35am

Racrx7, you get this mounted?? That's one beefy looking bumper, very nice design! How much does it weigh? I'm curious to do something similar, just trying to figure how heavy plate would be as opposed to tube.
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Re: Rear bumper build

Postby racrx7 [OP] » March 21st 2017, 9:36am

Racrx7, you get this mounted?? That's one beefy looking bumper, very nice design! How much does it weigh? I'm curious to do something similar, just trying to figure how heavy plate would be as opposed to tube


Not yet. I had to pause it to lower my front axle. Tired of eating CV joint boots. But will soon get rid of all that IFS as I'm building a Dana 44 axle with coil overs to replace it with.
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Don't know the exact weight of it yet, but I can move it around without too much difficulty. But I'm sure when I add a swing out spare tire holder, I wont be able to man handle it too much lol. I have heavier leaf springs on my van, so I'm not too worried about it. I would suspect a tube bumper would be much lighter!
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