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Old 03-04-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Plate bumper build...should I add a hoop?

I'm nearing completion of my plate bumper, but can't decide if I should add a tube hoop or not.......what do you think?
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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I think a single hoop would look good however, You should add more of a gap between the top of the bumper and your headlights/fenders. One thing is going to give once you start to flex and it isnt going to be the bumper.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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Yeah, I added struts which I can pre-load to keep that from being too much of an issue. Once the bumper is off the truck, I'm going to trim the inside to be comfortably away from the fenders. There's nothing to hit under the grill.
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Nice work man
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hardly looks like enough lip to get a bar on there without some sort of issue arising imo.
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Fab a hoop up, tack it on. If it looks they way you like weld it up. If not take it off.
Looks good tho. I like the hoop idea.
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I vote hoop. But I might be a bit biased. better for keeping the truck protected IMHO. Especially from deer and the like.
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Retro sockmonkey decals would set this off perfectly.
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Thanks Mr.Grimm for the advise. You're right! I thought there'd be enough strength in the 3/16" plate to keep the outside tips from flexing, but they do. If I hit a rock near the tip, it will push up into the fender. I hope the struts I have in place now will keep the bumper from moving at the center points. I'm thinking I'll lower the bumper 1/4", trim the inside edges for more clearance, and box in the undersides of the extensions to make them more rigid. I'm also going to add diagonal struts to keep the tips from flexing up. Good call.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #10
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Nice job man! looks good. I think a hoop would look pretty good on it, tac one on and see.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:37 PM   #11
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A triple hoop with headlight guards like RELENTLESS makes would be the cherry on top fella!
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Looks great as is! I think it will look bad ass either way!
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I went full hoop, no regrets. I like looking across my hood and seeing them peeking up. Reminds me I have a deer slaying hunk of metal up there.
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Lightbulb 3-hoop all the way!

Long story short! Better to get the hoops from the builder, than regret it later!!!

Had a 2012 Jeep Wrangler, before my Taco, and it had a custom F-bumper w/hoops. 3-deer ran out in front of me one morning at 4:00am If not for some deer-hair, you'd have never known! The 1/4 steel 4x4 custom bumper with hoops, saved my ass, jeep and NO trip to the body-shop!

That one incident paid for the bumper and $250 shipping from out West. (pricey shipping yes, but it came cross-country w/o one scratch by "truck")

My 2-cents

Looking for a similair F-bumper for my Taco, but I do want aluminum this time, so save weight and reduce the loss of mpg, resulting from all Mods
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I would think a center hoop w/ a couple of round lights in there would look great. Got a better picture of your headache rack?
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The headache rack is actually a roll bar I made.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:28 PM   #17
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The headache rack is actually a roll bar I made.
I like it! Also like the old school KC lights on top...don't see that much.
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how much to make a bumper for me
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Very nice work.... I'd say yes to the hoop
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Looks great, I would try and tack a single hoop to see what it looks like.
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