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Tubular Back Bumper - Something to match the front finally

Old 01-28-2016, 09:07 AM
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Default Tubular Back Bumper - Something to match the front finally

I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally get around to fabricating a back bumper for the XJ. I have to say though, it's not from laziness - finally kind-of getting a shop together and this is the first product - so I've been working, just not on this. I recently purchased a tube bender from Rogue Fab and so now I don't need to bug people to use theirs. Game on.

On with the build...

So here's why I'm doing what I'm doing. I know the big popular thing is to stuff rectangular tubing down the backs of the "frame" rails, but I'm not convinced that's buying you much. On my truck, my receiver is bolted into the unibody with a JCR nut strip and sandwiched between the HD Engineering shackle relocation brackets. So if you think about it, between those three components, that's 14 bolts spread across the entire back of the truck and they're all tied into each other. Good enough for me.

So, the bumper bolts across the rear face of the square receiver tube in 8 places with 1/2" hardware through 3/16" brackets. I would have just welded it to the receiver, but as I said, it's sandwiched between the body and the relocation brackets. So needless to say, it's a bit of a ***** to remove that receiver. I've also chosen to retain the stock rear bumper mounts. Why you ask, b/c they're a dye stamping and honestly just as strong as a square tube extending off a flat plate for what's needed here and better looking. I notched those to receive the lower cross tube; so there's 8 more bolts holding it on. Two of the 3/16" plates, on the outsides, are sandwiched with two more 3/16" plates each - making them 9/16" thick. These will serve as the recover points. All of the tubing is 1.75" OD x .120 wall.

First off, check out this sweet bender by Rogue Fab. Shows up in a 117lb box and you weld it together. I love it! The vertical feed of the tubing is the **** and the air/hydraulic ram from Harbor Freight has been working out great. Still need to paint everything. On with the pics!

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Old 01-28-2016, 09:31 AM
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Looking good. Do you really have a unimog?
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Originally Posted by 93_xjcherokee View Post
Looking good. Do you really have a unimog?
Thanks! I did - a 404S Swiss Cargo version. Drove it as my first vehicle back in high school. I got all the babes .
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Sweet. I want one
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Originally Posted by 93_xjcherokee View Post
Sweet. I want one
They're fun, but only as a toy.
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Pics of the s14 please!

Nice looking rear bumper
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Looks good! could you share some more pictures of the mounting brackets? also a picture or two of your front bumper? I've just ordered the materials to start the build on my tubular front bumper. the rear bumper is going to be next. been trying to figure out the best way to mount it. thanks!
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Originally Posted by brandonc94 View Post
Looks good! could you share some more pictures of the mounting brackets? also a picture or two of your front bumper? I've just ordered the materials to start the build on my tubular front bumper. the rear bumper is going to be next. been trying to figure out the best way to mount it. thanks!
here's a link to my front bumper build… *HERE*

Going to grab hardware tomorrow for the receiver mount portion, but for now, it's done. Needs scratches…

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Not bad sir, but I have a couple of questions...how do you like that bender? Have seen it online, but not heard much on it. Does it do 180* bends?

Also, what's up with your rear suspension? Looks like you have some kind of dampers on there, never seen such a setup...explain please, LOL
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Originally Posted by roninofako View Post
Not bad sir, but I have a couple of questions...how do you like that bender? Have seen it online, but not heard much on it. Does it do 180* bends?

Also, what's up with your rear suspension? Looks like you have some kind of dampers on there, never seen such a setup...explain please, LOL
I'm a big fan of it. Having used a JD bender, I can say I prefer a vertical feed hands down. Not to mention, it's cheaper, mobile and only comes with 180* bend capability - not an up charge. Best yet, the dies are less expensive and it only works hydraulic, so you aren't expected to pay more for that option.

The rear is a Road Master Active suspension setup. Typically these are marketed for load helping on full size and HD pickups. I contact the owner and convinced him to spec me a setup for the XJ. I talk about why in *THIS* thread.

Installed that setup on some 3yr old Rough Country leafs and it's still kicking butt today. I love them. The preload adjustability makes it perfect for load leveling and go-fast ride comfort.
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Originally Posted by s14unimog View Post
I'm a big fan of it. Having used a JD bender, I can say I prefer a vertical feed hands down. Not to mention, it's cheaper, mobile and only comes with 180* bend capability - not an up charge. Best yet, the dies are less expensive and it only works hydraulic, so you aren't expected to pay more for that option.

The rear is a Road Master Active suspension setup. Typically these are marketed for load helping on full size and HD pickups. I contact the owner and convinced him to spec me a setup for the XJ. I talk about why in *THIS* thread.

Installed that setup on some 3yr old Rough Country leafs and it's still kicking butt today. I love them. The preload adjustability makes it perfect for load leveling and go-fast ride comfort.
Interesting. Thanks for the info.
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Finally got all of the hardware sorted and picked up some shackles. (8) 1/2" Grade 8 bolts across the back of the receiver tube on top of the (8) at the factory location. We'll see how she holds up. For now I plan to leave the top of the bumper open, but will likely come back and stitch in a sheet metal platform with dimpled holes, but I haven't decided on which sizes I want to order and the next step is to tie in a tire carrier across the hatch, so I'm going to leave it open for some inevitable anchoring brackets. Another reason I don't powder coat fabricated components for the jeep. never know when you're going to add to it; lol.


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I also thought about making a rear bumper that mounted to my hitch tube, just haven't gotten that far yet...

BUT what is that on your leaf springs?
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