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Looking to get a bumper made, need some advice.

Discussion in 'Long Travel Suspension' started by Lil'Taco, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Mar 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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    Lil'Taco

    Lil'Taco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I finally pulled the trigger and saved up enough money to get a custom tube hybrid bumper made. I went to a local off-road fabricating shop with an idea of the bumper; here is what I took them:

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    I asked for aluminum plating about as thick as the SDHQ bumpers. I also said that I wanted the tubing powder coated but since it would most likely be welded onto the frame, they would tack weld it on and once it was completed remove it so I could take it to B.A.M.F. to get powder coated and then have them weld it back on. Since one of the pictures didn't have the skid going all the way under into a belly skid I think they were quoting me without it. They quoted me $1600 for the whole thing done in 2 days. Does that sound decent? How much would the materials cost for something like that?
     
  2. Mar 23, 2013 at 1:08 AM
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    Taco me elmo

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    why would you want to block all of your airflow with that style?

    Having airflow cutouts is a good idea.
     
  3. Mar 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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    I know I plan on having something done like on the white trucks from sdhq with the triangle cutouts, but that's not the question at hand.
     
  4. Mar 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM
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    Close to 2k.... for a bumper..... and you have to ask? Jesus that's a lot... I wouldn't pay over a grand, IF that...
     
  5. Mar 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM
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    Yeeeeeah...$1600 seems like one helluva stretch for that...
     
  6. Mar 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM
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    kbauman92

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    Im sure you could get it for a lot cheaper from another shop or another tw member, i got mine build for 350 but it doesn't have the full plating only the front skid
     
  7. Mar 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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    Sdhq charges about 3k for that bumper so if your dead set on there design I guess u are getting a good deal. Most traditional tube bumpers from shops range from 400-750 depending on what style and size of material and material. Don't be afraid to ask another shop if u are worried on the price. For me I would not pay that much for a front bumper...
     
  8. Mar 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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    If you get one made, make sure the bottom of the skid is at least as low as the bottom of your front lower a-arm mounts, especially if you don't have the lift spindles.

    I think you should buy a mig welder, tube bender, chop saw, and angle grinder. Then you can build your own, and other stuff later. Other people are hacks.
     
  9. Mar 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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    ^^^^ This X2...
     
  10. Mar 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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    We are less than that for a bumper. It all depends on what YOU want. We have some that cost more than $3K and some that come in way less. Just depends on what's wanted and how much time is spent. Our fab is charged hourly. We also Tig weld each bumper (takes longer than mig) and each bumper is choromoly unless otherwise requested. So having a mig welded Mild or DOM is gonna be less.

    As far as cooling we have had 0 issues on any bumper we have made.

    So the $1600 they Quoted you is a pretty good deal if they do good work. You can also have a garage guy do it for less as well.
     
  11. Mar 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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    for the record i was not bashing you guys in anyway, that white tacoma that pops up first on google search is what made me decide on building a tacoma. so i blame you for my money pit hahaha.
     
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  12. Mar 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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  13. Mar 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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    Oh ya, no worries. Never thought you were. I know the prices can be a shock to those you do not know why the cost is that way. just wanted to give everyone more info.
     
  14. Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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    Yeah thanks for the information everyone, I have come up with a few questions and points I still need to bring up with the shop. if I could drive all the way down south to drop off my truck I wouldn't think twice if where to go. once I'm back home and talk with the shop and surely get a different quote we will see where I stand.
     
  15. Mar 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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    Our bumpers are bolt on and can be shipped anywhere ;)
     
  16. Apr 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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    Any more pics of this bumper? Is it complete bolt on?
     
  17. Apr 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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    What gauge aluminum do you guys use for those bumpers?
     
  18. Apr 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM
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    Also how much tubing do you think it would take to make a bumper like this with a belly pan and all? 10, 20, 30ft?
     
  19. Apr 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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    Well, I went back to make sure we were both on the same page and after discussing the parts I was concerned about I was happy enough to get the show on the road...


    And so the story begins...


    I made sure the whole thing was bolt on so if the day ever did come to sell I could return it back to stock easier. We decided to cut the bracing connecting the two frame rails with the toe hook off and raise up the support for more clearance.
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    We talked about the belly skid so instead of jacking the price way up for having to order a thicker whole sheet of aluminum for it we decided it would be made out of steel plate. The tubing will wrap around at the back and connect together underneath.
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    They have done some pretty nice work on some other things so I have a good feeling about the whole project.
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  20. Apr 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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    It has been a couple days since any major progress has been made but they just got in some mounting tabs so things should start falling together a bit faster now. As of Monday this was where it was at:
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    My question is, I have seen seen both done when it comes to tube bumpers some have straight up tube construction and some have boxed construction coming from where it mounts to the frame rails. I can see the boxed being more ridgid if you were to take a "lawn dart" plant on the front end but I feel like you would have bigger issues to be worrying about if that were to happen. The tube should be plenty strong still right?
     
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