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wahvtec 06-03-2012 07:17 PM

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.










wahvtec 06-05-2012 06:53 PM

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.

VirginiaBound 06-06-2012 08:44 AM


BAMFTACO 06-06-2012 08:46 AM

Nice that thing is beefy

Forster46 06-06-2012 08:50 AM

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.

wahvtec 06-06-2012 09:02 AM

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

Forster46 06-06-2012 09:10 AM

Haha computer guided plasma cutter

took about fifteen minutes total

wahvtec 06-06-2012 09:57 AM

haha thats awesome

wahvtec 11-24-2012 03:58 PM

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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