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Old April 5th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #1
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just started building a set of bumpers for a friend last night, who has a stock XJ, and zero wheeling experience...only real reason for the bumpers is to add recovery points.
front isnt too big a deal, but for the rear, after doing a little searching on the net, it looks like most use the stock rear mounting points, some with an additional piece of angle on the bottom side of the frame...to me, that stock mount doesn't look all that strong, though the angle underneath would obviously help.
Anyone do it another way, or have any pics/suggestions of a better way to mount it? I don't want to spend alot of time on it, but I also don't want to have to deal with ripping the bumper off out on the trail (i.e. this thing is tying up space in my barn right now, and taking time away from me working on my own shit, and I'm not getting compensated in anyway, and I will be on the trail with him pretty much anytime he wheels it)

the truck is stock now, and he's talking 35's. I seriously doubt that will ever happen, 31-33 inch tires is all this thing will have, and chances are it will never be locked or have any engine/drive train upgrades past stock.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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When I build a bumper for an XJ I use the stock locations and the mounting holes where a factory receiver hitch would bolt to. You figure the XJ has a 4,500 pound towing capacity or so, so I feel comfortable with that.
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TY...sounds logical to me
I'll search some pics and find out which holes are for the hitch, there isnt one on this truck
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I built a bumper for one and used about 2' of 2"x4" steel on each side. Took out the factory nut strips for the receiver, welded them to the steel and ran them up into the unibody. After doing one that way im pretty sure id go with ironmans advice, it was a pain.
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use the factory mount locations and then use frame tie-ins on the unibody. there are holes along the bottom where a nut strip or carraige bolts with a washer( ones made for carriage bolts) I think Curt has them available can be installed.

there should be pics all over the internet showing how other manufacturers do it
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