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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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New Black Box Fabrication XJ Winch bumper

XJ owner out in Virginia asked me to build him a winch bumper. Offered up several designs and this is the one he picked. Wasn't my first choice but after seeing it on an actual XJ I'm starting to like it. He wanted something that would hold a standard 9K winch, simple in design, and relatively light.

Basics of the bumper:

- 3/16" shell
- 3/16" winch plate with addtional ribbing on the underside
- 3/4" d-ring mounts that travel back to 1/4" frame plates
- Frame plates are seperate pieces for easier shipping and helps make mounting the bumper easier.

Some of the additional features I added:

- Winch plate sides were scalloped in order to keep the bumper profile as slim as possible and still clear the winch.
- Drain slots on the back of the winch plate.

I think some tube work would look really good on this bumper and bounced some ideas off him. Waiting for a response.

Overall I'm pretty happy how this one turned out. May be a few tweaks here and there before I take it into production but overall pretty happy. Also using a new vendor for some of the pieces and have a few things to work out with them.



On to the pictures. Didnt have the right length bolts so the wood is there to keep the bumper where it should be when everything is tighted up. And unfortunately it wont fit on my trail XJ so I had to test fit on my little stocker




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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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looks sweet i like how tight it fits around the fenders nice work
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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:51 PM   #3
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thanks. thinking about bringing the sides in even tighter
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Old July 24th, 2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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thanks. thinking about bringing the sides in even tighter
ya suck them in a bit they are way out there. but the bumper looks killer needs a light hoop
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Old July 24th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #5
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i'm with you on the hoop
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Old July 27th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #6
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How does the fairlead mount?

I'd think of angling the front corners too, they really stick out there, but if you make the sides tighter to the body, they'll probably be fine.

Looks good
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Old July 27th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #7
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Not shown in those photos but similar to my TJ bumpers, use the same tabs actually.

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Old July 28th, 2009, 07:42 AM   #8
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I like that XJ bumper, very nice
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Old August 18th, 2009, 09:10 AM   #9
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XJFW-100 is finished, painted, installed, and ready for orders. $450 plus shipping. More info on the website.

http://blackboxfab.com/

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