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Old 06-03-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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plate steel offroad bumper build

Had someone back into me and kill my flimsy 1996 tacoma factory bumper. Decided to get out the welder and grinder and make something a little sturdier. I also purchased a 3" suspension lift for the truck, which will be installed soon with new shocks and what not. This is my first real fabrication, and i have plans to modify such as some 5 inch driving lights inside the bumper, maybe a receiver etc. Just thought I'd share a few pictures.

















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Old 06-05-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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thinking about adding some hella 500s and maybe some sort of shackles too the bumper any suggestions? Also what do you guys think about stingers? I keep bouncing back and forth between adding one, i have access to the tubing bender needed. Also installing a new exhaust manifold tommorow to avoid damage to exhaust valves. People with older 4 cylinders take a peak at your manifolds, cracks are common. Ill post pics tommorow once replaced.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:50 AM   #5
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If there are pics I see nothing.

I just started building one for my friends 98. Designed it on the computer and just started welding all the pieces together.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:02 AM   #6
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thanks for the compliments, How are you cutting the steel? That was the most time consuming part for me using a dang cut off wheel, would have killed for a plasma
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haha thats awesome
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Finished the spindle lift and add a leafs for the rear. Also new ball joints, tie rod ends, and shocks. I love the stance and ride and everything went together pretty easily. The fabtech spindles are beefy, but i did have to grind a very small bit of metal from the spindle so the brake caliper would line up with the bolt holes. Not a big deal, but frustrating when your ready to put your new wheels and tires on. Also spindles widened the front stance quite a bit. The trophy truck look has really grown on me. Heres some pics. Enjoy. 5 lug fo life.






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