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Old 10-30-2012, 01:43 PM
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My factory xj bumper got in a fight with a tree a couple months ago. It lost. Badly. So a couple of beers and pieces of scrap metal later i had this:

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Will do the job but i need a grill guard. Ive looked at a ton of bumpers but cant find a design i like, anyone have any ideas? I dont want to mount the winch untill i have something to protect it
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Oh and i do have a pipe bender and plenty of pipe.
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Looks pretty good to me. What specific designs are you not a fan of? Prerunners? Stingers? Push bar? Give us an idea of what you want your end result to be and we can offer up some suggestions.
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I thought it looked pretty good also.
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Also really like your loops. I'm not a fan of the D-rings. I'd feel like I was trying too hard to look cool or that someone would just steal them lol. A hoop to wrap my chain or tow strap through would be perfect.
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Also really like your loops. I'm not a fan of the D-rings. I'd feel like I was trying too hard to look cool or that someone would just steal them lol. A hoop to wrap my chain or tow strap through would be perfect.
The only thing with those is not knowing what tonnage etc, shackles that are weight rated. Gives you an idea of weight etc.
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Well shackles are just screwed through tabs. The tabs are basically miniature versions of these loops. How can you know the weight ratings on the tabs? (Not trying to argue, I'm just a debater. A master one lol).
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Looks pretty good to me. What specific designs are you not a fan of? Prerunners? Stingers? Push bar? Give us an idea of what you want your end result to be and we can offer up some suggestions.
Thanks. Im usually in the woods, so i want something that will have alot of protection. That rules out prerunner and push bars. I thought about a stinger, then come up from each corner of the bumper to were its level with the hood, and out to the side of the stinger. I dunno?


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The only thing with those is not knowing what tonnage etc, shackles that are weight rated. Gives you an idea of weight etc.
Those were just laying around and i figured they would be faster and easier. Worth a try, if they arent strong enough ill replace them with shackles
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Originally Posted by RememberTheMallamo View Post
Well shackles are just screwed through tabs. The tabs are basically miniature versions of these loops. How can you know the weight ratings on the tabs? (Not trying to argue, I'm just a debater. A master one lol).
In the past being a toolsetter putting large tools upto 52 tonnes, we were strictly monitored by SWL etc, and for insurance reasons all shackles and lifting gear had to be checked periodically and colour coded.
Thus I would be more comfortable knowing what the breaking strain was.
Not being a nerd or anything but my job every day was putting bumper tools in weighing 40 tonnes.
However if I was stuck in a ditch then home-made hoops would be better than no weight "tested" shackles.
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Originally Posted by RememberTheMallamo
Well shackles are just screwed through tabs. The tabs are basically miniature versions of these loops. How can you know the weight ratings on the tabs? (Not trying to argue, I'm just a debater. A master one lol).
They are actually hooks, i didnt thing of loops. They should work fine since xjs are so light. I think i have some loops from a powerstroke though, might use those instead
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They are actually hooks, i didnt thing of loops. They should work fine since xjs are so light. I think i have some loops from a powerstroke though, might use those instead
Loops? English you know, expand on terminology.
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Im not sure what you want me to call it.. a circular towing device? A round extraction point? Lol. The more i look at my hooks the more im worried about them becoming a straight line.

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Im not sure what you want me to call it.. a circular towing device? A round extraction point? Lol. The more i look at my hooks the more im worried about them becoming a straight line.

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So could you not just do a decent weld of some high ton shackles onto the bumper?
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So could you not just do a decent weld of some high ton shackles onto the bumper?
Yeah i guess. Just wanted something different.
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Those loops are more than strong enough and how well they hold is going to depend entirely on his welding. If his welding and tie in on the bumper itself is good enough to pull from those loops are more than good enough.

Go look under most any car. The tow points for tow trucks on most are 1/4 as thick as those and just welded to 1/8" plate.
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