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xzlram
12-08-2002, 10:04 PM
I finally got some pics of my truck, I had promised along time ago. Had to borrow a friends digital camera to cheap to buy one myself! I am thinking about building this bumpers to sell to the public. This one is 5/16" 6061 T-6 aluminum, I can pick it up with one arm and it is stronger than a heavier steel bumper. The mounting brackets are all 1/2" T-1 steel. The bumper supports 8000-1200lb warn winches. Let me know if anyone is interested.

DJ

xzlram
12-08-2002, 10:08 PM
Another

xzlram
12-08-2002, 10:17 PM
another,

xzlram
12-08-2002, 10:19 PM
last one

Kent
12-08-2002, 10:43 PM
Hey, did you take those mirrors off of a truck that was built 1998 or after? Cause they didn't put those style of mirrors on the 1994-1997 body's. Dont know why,, but that was actually the first thing I noticed about your truck. I guess it was cause the pictures load slowly from the top to the bottom. But very nice truck by the way. what brand of lift do you have? Skyjacker???

xzlram
12-08-2002, 10:51 PM
Yes I did take the mirrors off of a newer truck I am very happy with them, except they do not have heaters but I am going to install pads behind the mirrors. Yes the lift is Skyjacker. <br><br>DJ

dodgeman01
12-09-2002, 12:09 AM
Glad you can pick up the bumper with one arm because after you sell the other arm to pay for it you would need another person to help ya. <br>lol<br>That looks great and I would love to buy on. but i'm going to loose a leg when I buy my pulling clutch and I can't loose my arm because I dive a stick. <br>aaron

97CTD
12-09-2002, 01:43 AM
the bumber looks AWESOME and iff the front of my truck ever got messed up i would buy one but until then i am good <br><br>I would like info on the mirrors you can pm me anyinfo you haveon the install and prices and the best place to get them if you dont mind<br><br>thanks <br>-Ian

phox_mulder
12-09-2002, 12:32 PM
I'm interested.<br><br>My bumper isn't messed up, yet, but I need something I can mount a big Warn in.<br><br>I like that heater plug you put on there as well.<br><br>As you'll see in my sig, that is exactly what I am looking to get.<br><br>Do you have any idea on cost, shipping, etc yet?<br>Maybe I can pick up to save on shipping, where are you located?<br><br>I want to get something this spring with a little help from Uncle Sam, if I have enough left over after my leveling kit and tires and guages.<br>phox_mulder@hotmail.com<br><br>thanx

DieselDaze
12-09-2002, 01:48 PM
Thats a great looking truck. The bumper really gives the truck a real pressence.<br>Where are you located? I like the look of the nieghborhood. It looks like a really comfortable place.<br><br><br>Rich

xzlram
12-10-2002, 03:06 AM
The mirrors are a bolt on deal the only thing I had to make was 2 little plates to cover the hole behind the door panel so that the mirror bolts pull on the inner door skin and outer. just used 14 gauge sheet metal and drilled three holes, fairly simple. I got them off of ebay they were barely used the person wanted power mirrors so they took them off I paid $100 there is a set or two on ebay right now actually http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&amp;item=1874367510 that should be the link. The picture is in front of a buddies house, in Bellingham, WA. It's actually been too nice around here I wish it would get nasty so we get some snow pack in the hills for snowmobiling. I'm not quite sure yet what its going to cost me to build them and sell. I built the one on my truck in my spare time and I got aluminum from work, I had my buddy powder coat it at his work for free so I think I have a grand total of about $40 bucks into it plus the lights. At this point I am just trying to see how much interest there is in stuff like bumpers and custom off-road fabrication, I have a Toyota that is set up for rockcrawling and this is the tow rig. I am thinking of starting up a custom off-road fab shop. I am sick of making $$$$ for someone else and looking to maybe start my own business. Thanks for all the input.


DJ

DieselDaze
12-10-2002, 12:03 PM
At this point I am just trying to see how much interest there is in stuff like bumpers and custom off-road fabrication,<br><br>I dont think you'll have any problems there. <br>Looking at the basic &quot;Look&quot; of the bumper, you should'nt have any problems selling those in a fab shop.<br>Open your business up with internet advertising and soon, you'll be selling those around the country.<br><br>Also, you might want to consider making a package deal. <br>Fabricate a front bumper, like the one you have, and a back bumper that would match.<br>Maybe even some step tubes down the side, plus a skid plate up front! :o<br> ;D<br>I think you'll do just fine!<br><br>Good luck!<br><br>Rich

dodgeman01
12-10-2002, 12:32 PM
If you can make and sell them for a nice price I would love to place an order. They really look mean.<br>Aaron

Rowan
12-13-2002, 07:41 PM
DJ <br>Great looking bumper. If you can build them and your only in WA I'll drive down. I'd take three if there they're well priced, I know my two buddies would be in on that. Can you please post some close up pic's of your mirror install. The truck looks great. :o<br><br>Rowan

Big dawg
12-13-2002, 08:18 PM
Count me in for the bumper...just what I'm looking for. Any idea when you would be building them??? And the cost??? Great looking rig... 8)<br>Big dawg

xzlram
12-13-2002, 09:55 PM
I penciled it out a bit and I have a rough estimate of about $1100 for a bumper like the one on my truck. I will build them like that or with out the grill guard which will be less, with out countersunk lights, or without the winch mounts. I figured that every option will add a little more to the price and a fully loaded price somewhere around $1100. But until I start building them I won't know for sure on the price. Also mine is powder coated, which will cost a little extra. Thanks for all the replies and I am working on getting everything together for my own shop instead of building them at work. I will let everyone know when I get up and going.<br><br>DJ

iwannaram
12-15-2002, 12:19 AM
Hey I'm really interested in your bumpers and that is a reasonable price when comparing yours to other bumpers on the market. Anyone ever look at trailready's bumpers? They are ridiculous price wise and the bumpers are fugly. They can be seen at http://www.roadarmor.com . I havent would want my bumper in the mid to late next summer more than likely though. How does aluminum hold up to compared to steel? When I think of aluminum, I think of how easily pop cans crush [laugh] . What kind of tires are you running and what size? What kind of a lift are you running if any? Do those tires really whine at highway speeds? Looks like you have a sweet truck! Have you considered making a rear bumper too?<br>Thanks,<br>Mack

xzlram
12-15-2002, 02:21 PM
well it is extremely light weight compared to steel. Road armors bumpers, and other steel bumpers are extremely heavy and when you add that weight to the weight of the 1000# cummins on top of the front axle you are overloading the front axle in some cases. Road Armor builds awesome bumpers they are strong and definatly have alot of time put into them but they are still 3/16&quot; steel [yuk] I have been to trailready where the bumpers are built and seen the bumpers being asembled. Comparing steel to aluminum, 5/16&quot; 6061 is extremely strong, I don't know for sure if it is stonger then the 3/16&quot; A-36 (mild steel) bumpers that are out there, but it is definatly just as strong. <br>The tires are 9.00r 16 michelin XZL's they measure 36 1/2&quot; tall on the truck they are a military/equipment tire. Sometimes used on log truck driver axles. They are not loud at all on the highway and ride really nice. Since they are a &quot;big truck tire&quot; they are wearing like iron. I haven't really taken them off road much I have a vehicle for that sortof abuse, see profile. I have had them in the snow and the truck does pretty good tall skinny tires are the ticket on these trucks since they are far to heavy to float on top of anything. I have built a rear bumper, all though it is steel. I felt that the rear end is too light in my truck, spins the rears way to easy, so the bumper is a bit heavier then the stock one for extra traction. I haven't had a chance to install it yet though. It mimics the front bumper but has a drop in the center like the stock one.<br>DJ

iwannaram
12-15-2002, 10:23 PM
Hey where can i get my hands on those tires, I have been looking for them all over and cant find them! Was you running stock wheels? You never mentioned what kind of a lift you are running.

xzlram
12-17-2002, 07:44 PM
I got mine up in canada at a unimog dealership. I was quoted $400 from discount tire in the US. I got them for less than half that in canada. There is a place that has them in California, my buddy bought a set of XL's from the guy for cheaper then I paid I don't remember what the place was called though. MROSS IMPORTS (http://www.unimogcanada.com/Tires.htm) The lift is Skyjacker 4.5&quot; stage 2 (no heim joints). Heim joints transfer to much noise and are to harsh. I have installed a double flex skyjacker kit with heim joints on a dodge and it doesn't produce much more flex then the standard poly bushing lift. Tbe front coils have to be incredibly stiff to hold up our 1000# engine and that doesn't leave much for suspension travel.<br><br>DJ

Turbobob
12-17-2002, 10:13 PM
That is one nasty looking bumper! I'd hate to be in a ricer and see that in my rearview! Let me know about pricing etc, I'm sure you would sell a bunch based on the posts. By the way, if you do open an off-road fab shop, let me know. I too have a rock crawler(1982 Jeep Scrambler, F.I. 350, Dana 44, Dana 60, 36&quot; Swampers) Always looking for stuff to do to it. If you come to Moab for Easter, let me know, maybe we can hook up &amp; you can bring me a bumper!! ;D

phox_mulder
12-17-2002, 10:18 PM
<br>That is one nasty looking bumper! I'd hate to be in a ricer and see that in my rearview! <br><br>I think it would go right over the roof, and the ricer would bounce off the front tires. [laugh] [laugh]<br><br>phox

xzlram
12-18-2002, 09:42 AM
I'd hate to be in a ricer period, but the fun part is when I tickle the floorboard and blow past them and all they see is a big white flash and then alot of black smoke [laugh] It's always fun to park nose to nose to small cars I can pull way over top of the hood of they're car especially when they are using a little extra of the spot I am going to park in. ;D

TON4FUN
12-19-2002, 07:48 PM
Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TomGolden
12-20-2002, 12:35 PM
That is one beautiful bumper. And... if I hadn't already ordered a Denver Off Road bumper, I would be standing in line at your door for one of those ;D<br><br>Tom