Front bumper

Discussion in 'Fabrication' started by salemdiesel, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. salemdiesel

    salemdiesel New Member

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    First time posting. Built this for my KJ.
     

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    Nice, welcome
     
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    That looks really good. Wanna sell me one?!
     
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    Yea what ^he^ said. Thats some nice metal work, you could make some good money
     
  5. salemdiesel

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    Maybe sometime. Just got into my first jeep. I love it. Ok course this one is a diesel. Lol
     
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    Oh I better clarify this is not metal. It's fiberglass with metal mounts for the winch and bumper mount
     
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    That does look really nice, has it had a serious load applied to it?
     
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    Thats still really good work regardless of material. I havent worked with fiber glass much, just making shower pans for custom shower enclosures. How did you make a mold? build with wood first and then fiber glass over it?
     
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    Yes wood then fiberglass. The bumper is just a cover. The winch is mounted to the unibody with 1/4 steel. Not tested it yet. Hope to this weekend.
     
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    Thats cool. Kinda like the backbone winch mount only its hidden away inside the bumper. Once again good work!
     
  11. salemdiesel

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    Thanks. I am concerned the weathering is going to effect it. I've started on a mold to make a plastic cover. All in my garage a night so it's slow. I have a friend that has a plastic company that will hit it for me.
     
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    Sweet job, there used to be a company that made fiberglass bumpers for cherokees and grand cherokees called ice-land offroad. They made several versions that were 1/4 inch thick and were a pretty penny but very sturdy and lightweight. You could be on to something for these little libbys.
     
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    Nice craftsmanship!
     
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    What did you coat it with? I dont think the elements will effect it to much
     
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    Dave Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Nice work salemdiesel.

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    I used bondo brand resin with fiber fabric for strength. The cold and warm is what I'm mostly concerned with. I didn't put the fabric on the back side either. I got lazy after working on if for 80 hrs. It may be ok.
     
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    First one so its a prototype
    which means you can tweak it and refine it over the year and no one can say anything :happy107:
    I wouldn't want to hit anything much with it though
    wouldn't do for me , too many Deer, Toyota Camrys etc
     
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    2X

    iceland offroad did make a good looking bumper but i would not buy one one i just dont like the idea of a fiberglass bumper on a jeep they are of on your ricers if you are into that kind of thing i will say that the iceland offroad bumpers were strong

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    also you dont need to do any cutting to install it with the iceland stuff on the WJ you had to cut a lot to install .
     
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    Nailed that guy in a parking lot?
     
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    Fiberglass ..:shocked: well cool :head3:
    Can you give us more info please:
    1) Weight of bumper without winch ( approximate will do )
    2) As it's a one off, cost?
    3) Where can we get one?
    4) more photos please showing over hang at the front.
    5) photos when you are testing it

    Thank you,
    Fil.