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FJ60 Rear tire swing away

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by preacherman, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. preacherman

    preacherman

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    I am thinking about building a rear swing away bumper for my FJ60. &nbsp:Does anyone have any suggestions or pictures they can share with me? What works good what do I need to avoid? I want a swing away big enough for a 33' tire high lift etc.
    thanks
    preacherman
     
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    I am preparing to build a bumper for my 60 as well. After seeing many friends swing-out pivots break or sag, I have decided to use a 1000 pound trailer spindle for the swingout. I bought a set of spindles, hubs, bearings, seals, nuts, cotter pins, and dust caps at a local trailer supply store for $40. I used a brake lathe with a machining bit on it and machined the face off of the hub flange and it is ready to weld up. It is the same thing that Slee Off Road sells

    http://www.sleeoffroad.com/products/products_diy.htm

    Very strong, easy to find, and it is rebuildable.
     
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    I adapted one from these guys to work on my '71 40. holds large tires and doesn't rattle even with a jerry can full on it.

    http://www.jl4wd.com/Bumpers.htm
     
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    BTW these are designed for J**ps but no one will tell :-X
     
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    hey,

    i've been lookin at a swingaway hinge on www.rockstomper.com and it seems pretty stout. if mounted on a sturdy bumper, you'd be set.

    plus it has ~4 inches of weldable space, so you can attach pretty much anything you want.

    jonathan
     
  7. theferg

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    Heard not so good stuff about the rockstomper ones...heard they bounce and clang and clatter on the trails... and didn't want to pay mucho dinero for the slee one (although it looks great) so I went with the spindle from www.4x4labs.com. They make like three different weight-rates. And the service is definitely awesome. Lance is a great guy to chat with. I got the el-cheapy that they make (gotta save money here and there so I can get the goodstuff: FF rear and e-lockers...!!!) The spindle looks awesome. I am in the middle of making my swing out section and will be posting it all up on my website when I get 'er all welded together..... Oh ya, and I am in no way afiliated to 4x4labs, just a happy customer...
     
  8. cruzer

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    heres a pic of a 4runner with a kick ass bumper. It uses the rockstomper hinge...both these guys have had no problems with there spindles as far as i know.

    http://www.yankeetoys.org/black900rr/rearbumper/MVC-853F.JPG
    http://www.yankeetoys.org/black900rr/rearbumper/MVC-856F.JPG

    On this one below go to his modifications section then look at rear bumper...
    http://www.yankeetoys.org/87turbo/

    I know i know its a J**P page but has some good info
    http://www.jeepfabrication.com/latches.html


    anyway hope this gets some more juices flowing...i know i plan on welding up a tire carrier/jerrycan/highlift/bumper for my 40 once i get the front end square away and get a bunch of other stuff done to the twuck


    Stew
     
  9. preacherman

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    Thanks guys, the web links are great. I noticed that some guys used round tubing for the swing out section and then square for the bumber section. &nbsp:Do you think that the round tubing sheds weight? Also what about thickness of metal? What would you guys suggest 3/4? 1/2? What thickness would make a good strong bumper while not weighing more than the truck? theferg what type of metal are you using?
    preacherman
     
  10. cruzer

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    3/4?1/2?inch thick?......use something between and 1/8in and 3/16in thick will be just fine

    Stew
     
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    yea my brain locked up and froze when I typed that.
     
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    check out www.upnover.com they make very good quality bumpers with swing aways you could hang a 35 on
     
  13. Chef

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    I'd use 1/4 " for the bumper and mounts, wagons weigh a lot, and if you plan on landing on it, you'll be glad you did. Go 3/16 for the swingout. Lots of good links and ideas here, same thread going on the pirate board too...
     
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    I'm building my rear bumper at this moment. No pictures yet, but I will show soon. I have two Fj40 swing away tire carriers which I'm planning to adapt to my FJ60 and locate two 36" tires. It will stick out on the sides, but pretty good looking.

    This is my second FJ60 bumper operation and so far no rattles or twisted tubing. Once one truck hit me on the side and the spare save my rig. And nothing happen to it.

    The bad thing is when wheeling you have to take the two spares out. It will hit the soil, rocks, etc.

    Daniel.
     
  15. ginericLC

    ginericLC Wagon Wheeler! GOLD Star

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    3/16" is plenty especially if you are using tubing. 1/4" rear bumpers are a great way to make the incredible shrinking 60 series. It will also help you prematurely wear out your springs. I'd use 1/4" for the attachment point but other than that I'd go thinner.