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cutting the rear x-member off to incorporate

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by 2badfjs, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. 2badfjs

    2badfjs

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    a reciever hitch in the bumper.

    if you were to cut the rear x-member so a bumper w/hitch could be mounted, could the mounting of the hitch act as a new x-member? as long as it mounted from rail to rail?

    thoughts please, looking to possably put this in my bumpers.

    jim
     
  2. phoenixrider

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    I've seen pictures of this, and that's what I wanted to do on mine. I also wanted to cut off the last couple of inches of frame rail so the bumber will fit in tight. Don't know if anybody has done that
     
  3. SLOwag

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    Yep. That's how 4+ is done. You could just remove the x member by removing rivets (in theory it could be put back.....). Pm me if you need pics.
     
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    2mbb SILVER Star

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    i chopped mine on acount of rust issues.

    hard to tell in the pic, but i cut back everything back so that it's right below the tailgate. replaced it with a 4 1/2'' pc of 1/4'' flat bar about 1/2'' wider than the frame rails. to that i mounted teh new bumper, which for now is just something i pulled out of my ass till i figure what i want to do for ''real''.
    frame60rear.JPG
     
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    I removed my x-member rather unexpectedly...

    rear x member small.JPG

    :lol:

    Initially, I had cut a hole in the x-member with a torch, and welded in a reciever, which worked great, until I got a little too vigorous trying to pull out a tree.
    I have since built a rear bumper that essentially replaces it. However, this 60 is now a trail rig only, with little to no regard given to longevity. Had this been a DD, much more beef would have been built into bumper/x-member.

    rear bumper small.JPG
    rear x member small.JPG rear bumper small.JPG
     
  7. Tinker

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    Jimbo -
    Can you just enlarge the hole in the middle? That's what I did.

    I think you might be able to build a bumper that would be as strong as the old bumper/crossmember combination.
     
  8. Spook50

    Spook50 Get ready

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    I think that's how 4x4Labs does theirs too is by completely removing the crossmember and using the rivet holes to bolt the crossmember they've integrated into their bumper to.