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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:19 AM   #1
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Ive got an 03 Superduty and I would really like to have one of those road armor or iron bull winch bumpers for it but I just cant justify $3000 on a bumper.

So I got to thinking... I have a trailer hitch in my garage (mount it on the front) and I would also like a winch up front. I think I could just mount that trailer hitch up front and weld a heavy steel plate to the hitch for my winch mount. Then I could use sheet metal to make the bumper skin and rhino line it so it would like the road armor/iron bull bumpers. I know it will dent if I hit stuff but I think they look cool and this shouldn't cost me more then $100-$150.

Anyone think this would be a bad idea?
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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:25 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=bmx0964;2039859]Ive got an 03 Superduty and I would really like to have one of those road armor or iron bull winch bumpers for it but I just cant justify $3000 on a bumper.

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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:29 AM   #3
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haha well are you any good at fabrication? im not the greatest but im gonna give it shit and see what happens... if worst comes to worst there will be a lot of grinding and a lot of rhino liner cover up lol
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I plan on developing a bumper just like your talking about at some point this year, but couldnt give you a time when that will happen. I've got a '99 Superduty that is in desperate need of a front bumper. My goal is to keep the design similar, but costs low in order to keep the selling price well below those guys (Fab Fours, Road Armor, Alien Patrol, etc)
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ya since I have the tools to work with sheet metal im going to give it a shot... just dont have anything big enough to work with that 3/8" plate steel lol
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XJ- Maybe we'll have to put our heads together again..... I want something big, black, and burley, but not $3000 worth. I nice tube design with some plate steel weleded in various locations would be sick!!! add a spot for a winch and recessed lighting and I think we'd have a winner...
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well definitely keep us (me) updated on the progress
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A friend of mine wanted one custom built for his new F150 they told him that it couldn't handle the 800 lbs that it weighed....
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will do just remember when you see my welds they are coming out of a harbor freight flux core welder. i cant take the lincoln from the shop.......
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weld, grind, weld, grind,..... you'll be fine
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A friend of mine wanted one custom built for his new F150 they told him that it couldn't handle the 800 lbs that it weighed....
Thats another reason I want to do it out of sheet metal. The big massive steel ones are great for people who abuse their trucks but I want this setup for towing ease. Its a lot easier to squeeze a trailer where you need it if you can push it and look at it. Also I want the winch up there for picking up dead cars/trucks.
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weld, grind, weld, grind,..... you'll be fine
o ya thats my plan
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how thick of steel are you thinking of using for the skin? i'd suggest 3/16" but no less than 1/8"
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I was going to go with whatever I can find cheap... if its too flimsy I will add gussets/supports to the inside of it.
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has anyone tried this before? just trying to figure out if it would be cheaper to do it with heavy steel for braces and supports then sheet metal the rest or if heavy all around would be the way to go.

im not to familiar with steel prices lol
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just take the hitch and put it on but let the receiver stick out of the bumper and get a winch hitch mount that way you can have it for front pulls and rear pulls
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just take the hitch and put it on but let the receiver stick out of the bumper and get a winch hitch mount that way you can have it for front pulls and rear pulls
I thought about that but I want to be able to hook a trailer to the front and use a winch to load broken stuff. It would be perfect with the winch and a hitch up front because of all the lights I have pointing forward... make those late nights loading up the broken trucks a little easier.
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I thought about that idea a bit too. It could be done.... Just mount the reciever nice and low and then mount the winch above it. Build the rest of the bumper from there.

Just start with a class 5 hitch so you can mount a 12,000 ir 15,000 pounder on there and not worry about it pulling things apart on you..
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ya but do you think by the time i make all the brackets and gussets to make the thing strong enough then make a sheet metal skin it would be cheaper then just making the whole thing out of like 5/16" or 3/8" plate steel.
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