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DIY Baja Bumper

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by adauto10, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. Dec 29, 2020 at 9:40 PM
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    adauto10

    adauto10 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well it has come time for my last bumper I made to be replaced. I am already almost done with the build and has come along great. Just basically making a new bumper with everything I wish I had done with my first. Ya know things like thicker pipe, narrower and silver skid plate, more ground clearance, and better welds and mounted better. I actually cut a good amount of the front end of the frame without losing durability to give the bumper more of an angle and to gain ground clearance. I only have two more pieces already cut and bent that just need to be welded on and then shell be ready for paint.IMG_5355.HEIC.jpgThis was the old bumper just as I finished it

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    Main pipe welded on. Also to be clear this pipe is welded onto a homemade bracket and bolted in with the pre existing holes in the front end of the frame.

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    Theres the frontend with the skid plate attached.

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    Heres the bottom section of the bumper with a second skid plate below. The bumper is set up as two main pieces, a bottom and a top. It is easier to bolt on the bottom first and then the top with help holding it. Then the main skid plate bolts in to 2 pieces of angle iron at the top and the bottom connecting the top and bottom pieces.

    Let me know what you guys think. It is low budget because I am a college student and I am still new to welding so its not perfect but its study and looks aggressive like I like. It's all for looks as well. Im not racing this truck or taking it out to the dunes. Just something that's fun to drive.
     
  2. Dec 29, 2020 at 9:47 PM
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    Nicklovin

    Nicklovin Long Travel Dreams, College Budget

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    Looks pretty cool man
     
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  3. Dec 29, 2020 at 10:03 PM
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    Steves104x4

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    Good job!
     
  4. Jan 14, 2021 at 8:09 AM
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    2070B9C7-260F-43EE-AB8D-B6B26484565D.jpg Didn’t get around to posting the finished product but i got moved into college and here she is.
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2021 at 8:12 AM
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    Really nice work!!!! :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Jan 14, 2021 at 8:17 AM
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    Moneypit82

    Moneypit82 Slowly but surely getting there

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    Looks good
     
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  7. Jan 14, 2021 at 8:17 AM
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    andrewtheadventurer

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    i think it looks rad! Those side light don’t really fit the aesthetic tho just my opinion
     
  8. Jan 14, 2021 at 10:45 AM
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    Thanks for the opinion. I just had them laying around with some extra wiring and figured I’d put them on just for the hell of it. I do a lot of backroad driving so at night i just flip those and my ditch lights on instead of my brights.
     
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  9. Jan 14, 2021 at 4:12 PM
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    Hyperbarics

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    You must have a good pipe bending machine... I do a lot of welding at work, and decided I was going to build a sweet headache rack for my road warrior regular cab '06 that secured into the bedrails.. Asked my boss if I could pull the pipe bender out of the back of his shop and he says sure! It's a 25 year old hydraulic bender- basically a car jack with rounded attachments. No gauge, no way to measure, and it bends them vertically so if you're bending more than 6 feet of pipe, it starts to lift itself up off the ground.

    I tried, I really did. Ended up scrapping a bunch of schedule 80 pipe. Then I bought a super clean '13 and scrapped the idea.

    That armor looks really good dude. I'm getting somewhat fired up again to fabricate things for the truck. Damn you.
     
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  10. Jan 15, 2021 at 7:59 AM
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    adauto10

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    Honestly man my pipe bender is just a 99 dollar tool from harbor freight that sounds similar to the one you have. I found it easier to raise the jack until it’s pressed up against and not going anywhere and then laying it on its side so i can get a cleaner bend. It just took time to get it rights and symmetrical.
     

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