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I tapped my rear bumper turning in a tight spot and my missus is not happy. I need to do something about it, I don’t like the factory bumper plus the back side is rock chipped so a custom fabrication seems the way to go. Lucky for me my neighbor works in a fab shop.
I'm not the best at Google Sketch up so I can't draw a curved pipe. I want to curve the lower tube to match the angle of the 4" square tube and curve the lower step bars to match. I'm hoping the 4" x 3/16 HSS tubing will allow me to put my back up sensors and plate lamps back in as well as add some 3" LED backups inside the square tube.
I'm undecided whether I should drill holes for shackles in the 4 pie shaped verticals or weld a hanging D ring to the underside of the square tube. Also should I drill drain holes in the square tube or use glands for the wires to keep it sealed.
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated
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I tapped my rear bumper turning in a tight spot and my missus is not happy. I need to do something about it, I don’t like the factory bumper plus the back side is rock chipped so a custom fabrication seems the way to go. Lucky for me my neighbor works in a fab shop.
I'm not the best at Google Sketch up so I can't draw a curved pipe. I want to curve the lower tube to match the angle of the 4" square tube and curve the lower step bars to match. I'm hoping the 4" x 3/16 HSS tubing will allow me to put my back up sensors and plate lamps back in as well as add some 3" LED backups inside the square tube.
I'm undecided whether I should drill holes for shackles in the 4 pie shaped verticals or weld a hanging D ring to the underside of the square tube. Also should I drill drain holes in the square tube or use glands for the wires to keep it sealed.
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated
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Man I like the ability to render a sketch like that. What software are you using?
 

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Google sketch up. The current version allows you 90 days of use before you have to buy and has a warehouse of models ou can download. I'm using a no install version that will run off a usb or copy to a hard drive.
 

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Google sketch up. The current version allows you 90 days of use before you have to buy and has a warehouse of models ou can download. I'm using a no install version that will run off a usb or copy to a hard drive.
Found it (I think). Looks like you can find an old version when Google still had it and still run it.



Didn’t mean to derail your thread. I like the look. Don’t forget to pop a hole in it for the trailer plug.
 

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Found it (I think). Looks like you can find an old version when Google still had it and still run it.



Didn’t mean to derail your thread. I like the look. Don’t forget to pop a hole in it for the trailer plug.
No problem Hijack away.

I will either set a receiver in the backing plate above the lower step or mount the lower step to a square tube into the receiver under the licence plate backing. I'm leaning towards the step mounted into the receiver.
 

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Many bumper manufacturers will sell you parts to assist in creating your own bumper. A friend bought mounting brackets from Shrockworks and created his design off those. For the shackle mounts, I'd suggest contacting them to see if they will sell you the 1" thick mounts they use on the Xterra front bumper. Make sure to place them in line with the bumper mounting brackets or even attach them to those brackets. This will ensure any load applied will be transferred to the frame and keep your bumper from bending.
 

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Hi Brian, I'm thinking of using channel for the frame mounts laminated with some thicker plate to make the Pie shapes for shackle holes. There is a Marine rigging company I deal with at work who carries a wide assortment of lifting points and rings that should work well for this application. Their catalogue has lots of choices starting on page 101.
 
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