Any DIY bumpers or sliders kits out there? (5 Viewers)

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Just exploring all options here. I know I have found some DIY bumpers (front and rear) and or sliders in the past but cannot find them now on a search so any help in the right direction would be appreciated.

Just a little background I have taken a few welding classes over the years including mig, stick and brazing and cutting. I own a small lincoln mig and cutting torches and I use a miller stick at work when something needs repaired. I am by no means a professional fabricator and have much respect for you guys that are but have been repairing and making things randomly for about 20 years.

If it is something I feel that I can't do or am not comfortable with I know a professional welder by trade that is my neighbor.

Any help would be appreciated
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4x4 labs is also rumored to be prototyping a 100 series front bumper. I'm waiting to see what it's going to look like before I decide on anything else.
 

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Whoa. I'd never heard of this. Is the idea that you'd buy just the flat plates, pre-cut? You do the welding and paint/powder coat and then you've got a bumper?

If so... cool!
 

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Whoa. I'd never heard of this. Is the idea that you'd buy just the flat plates, pre-cut? You do the welding and paint/powder coat and then you've got a bumper?

If so... cool!

That's basically what you do for his front and rear 80 series bumpers he does now. He also does weld together 100 series rear bumper kits too.
 

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Keep in mind the challenge with welding a DIY bumper comes in keeping everything fixed, accurately lined up, from warping, etc. Takes a lot more time to set up and keep true with out jigs (which the custom builders have in place for cranking them out)
 

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Whoa. I'd never heard of this. Is the idea that you'd buy just the flat plates, pre-cut? You do the welding and paint/powder coat and then you've got a bumper?

If so... cool!
Yup!

I bought a DIY rear bumper kit for my Jeep Comanche a few years back, and I must say it was a blast to build....i.e. bend and weld together. This kit came in a small (but heavy) UPS box and included all of the material to assemble. I had to bend the bumper face, which was a piece of cake since the manufacturer included narrow cuts with small tabs along the bends which helped keep the faces of the bumper true to one another. A sturdy table, a couple of C-clamps, a hammer, a little heat and an angle finder was all it took to bend up a nice bumper then it was just a matter of welding the joints and brackets.

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I'd love to be able to do the same with the 100, I just wish there were a few more options. It sure costs a lot less to ship a box of metal versus a full bumper, so I could see some folks taking advantage of a DIY bumper kit.
 
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I put 20 hours into my 80 series 4X4labs rear kit but it turned out kick ass. You can definitely save some money if you have the spare time/ desire to weld up a kit.
 
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Does anyone sell the cad design plans for a bumper? Most of the bumper fabricators are on the west coast and will likely cost me an arm and a leg to get shipped. I wanted to do a diy kit, as I have a guy who can weld it together for me, but the shipping is going to kill me.
 
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Does anyone sell the cad design plans for a bumper? Most of the bumper fabricators are on the west coast and will likely cost me an arm and a leg to get shipped. I wanted to do a diy kit, as I have a guy who can weld it together for me, but the shipping is going to kill me.

Check here. @cruisermatt is beginning to build locally in Florida and may be less expensive to ship.
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Wow I had this exact idea to custom fab my own swing out and Jerry cans carrier. Do you have any shots of the work under neath the bumper? I don’t want to spend 2k on a metal bumper so this is a good alternative.
 
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Kaymar has a system for this for the LC100. There was a guys rig from like Sweden or something here or over on the ExPo forum that had a picture of installing it. I cannot for the life of me find it. If I do I'll post it up, but it could easily show how to design the bracket.

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Im not sure how this guy mounted those swing outs or if the 4Runner's frame is further out towards the sides of the vehicle. Here's a pic of the back of my LC with my bumper. You would have to create some kind of A-frame swing out mount that sticks out too far IMO?
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Intrigued but this thread.

Captain Obvious:. Isn't the primary benefit of custom bumpers to improve departure angles? I like that Runner but it seems like very little that couldn't be accomplished with a roof rack and the spare tire tuck mod...amiright?
 

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