My Dual Swing Arm FJ40 Rear Bumper (1 Viewer)

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So I have been working on this one way or another since January. I searched everywhere for a dual swing arm bumper that I liked - one side a tire carrier and the other side setup to hold 3 jerry cans or a cooler. There were a few designs out there, but nothing that fit exactly what I wanted.
The first thing I wanted was to make sure I could open the passenger side rear door without having to unlatch the swing out all the time. I don't need the basket on all the time, really only when we go out on trips. The rest of the time when running around town my kids use that door all the time. The solution here was to design the swing arms so that they both sit under the clearance level of the rear doors, then to make the basket detatchable. When around town, we would pull off the basket, and leave the swing arm in place with no interference to the door. The next thing I wanted was a little corner protection, and I wanted this bumper not to look like something made out of 1 or 2" channel.
Found a designer, and have been working on this for a few months now. I have one picture posted now, and will add more later over the weekend. Right now we are working on the clasp that keeps the swing arms closed, we hope to have this bumper done over the weekend and get it powder coated next week.
We are also testing the waters on this one; I have not seen a similar design for an FJ40 (dual swing, removable basket). Don't have a price quite yet, but let me know what you think this could be worth based on what else is out there; if your interested in getting one, let me know that as well.
Pics to come, should have lots more on Mon/Tues just after Fathers Day.
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More pics. Arm pivot welded in and what the back of the bumper where it bolts in looks like. On the swing arm, we reduced down the end of it to allow for a clamp. More to come next week; time for fathers day.
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Bumper is done and on the 40, been out on the trails with it a few times, still no scratches :)

Basket portion is still not finished - will get some pictures up as soon as I wash all the mud and dirt off of it.
 
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We got this finished a while ago, finally found some time to post the pictures and such. These first three are of the bumper, basket not attached, the clasping system and the hitch.
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These three pictures show the corners, which offer some corner protection and show how the swing arms are stopped when fully opened.
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A couple points were added for D-Rings, and this shows what the swing arms sit against when closed. The tire carrier also has two tabs on it, one for the CB antenna and the other for a whip flag for my sand dunes trips.
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Pictures of the basket on and off the bumper. The basket bots on with 5 bolts; three vertical and two horizontal. The bolt head is recessed into the swing arm. I drove around for a week with three full water cans on the back before the bumper was powder coated; some off roading in there as well, and have had no issues as of yet.
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A few more pictures. I have a front runner water can with a spout on the bottom, which you can utilize even when the cans are strapped in the carrier.
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The overall goal was to build something that would offer some corner protection (like the Kaymar), have the ability to carry a cooler or 3 jerry cans (like the 4Plus) but with a removable basket (which neither have) and combine what I thought were the good points from those and other bumpers. I have been very happy with this setup so far. It is a complete bolt-on setup; no modifications were required to the vehicle. The bumper attaches with 12 grade 8 bolts to the points where the old bumperettes and hitch ball were mounted. I used my factory tail-lights; no extention of wiring was required (I did replace the tail light lenses and gasket).
 
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That's some work to be proud of.
None of that comes easy or quick in the shop. I have be looking at that for 1/2 hour plus, thanks for the pics. Very cool. Maybe it's been done before but a bottle opener can be useful, at least in my yard.
 

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