Here is one I made several years ago. My background is in heavy equipment and as you can see it is, well, heavy. Turned down a Chevy front spindle on my lathe for the swing pivot. Hope this helps and hope the picture shows up.
Pretty darn bootie fabulishious and comin' off, I think. I'm needing more departure angle. The new bumper is going to be nearly flush with the tail gate with the reciever where the pintle hook is now. I might make a reciever mounted carrier just for wheeling and use the cell when I get a flat the rest of the time. I dunno yet, but changes need to be made after Attica with Woody this weekend. ARB was ordered before I left, steel for sliders and the new rear bumper is being bought Monday. Hopefully Woody got some good digital carnage pics. Mine are all on film. No more rear corner plastic, Smittybuilt tube steps are bent like bananas, manik bar is bent even more than the Feb trip, Exhaust is flat to about 1" in three places. No major sheet metal damage though.
Pics of the tire carrier at: http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/tballard...order=&.view=t&.done=http://photos.yahoo.com/
Can't say enough good things about cutting off the rear crossmember to really tuck in that rear bumper. It's made a huge diff in my wheeling. If you do go that route, you'll laugh at the OEM crossmember once you hack it off - it's like tin foil.
DRTDUCK - I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with it yet. I was hoping I was going to spend spring break finishing the 80 series coil conversion and FI on the 40. Trying desperately to get it to work as good as the obvously superior 80 series, doncha know. Now I've got all this bootiefab work to do on the 80 thanks to Woody and the Badlands. Then I wans't home an hour last night and I started getting calls from people who want me to fix thier junk while I'm on vacation. :'(
I get it all sorted this week and let you know. PM me if I take too long.
Junk - Where's your spare with no crossmember in the back? Did you re-route your exhaust or just cut off the coffee can?
Gumby, Spare? What? Who needs one? .... Just need to get the swing arms built, for now it's in the cargo area taking up way too much room (Lance does great work though - yeah, 55 Lance - great friend of mine). For now, the coffee can just got hacked, but I'm just gonna get some tube bent and route it up over the frame rail then tuck it down to exit. Should be ok. So while the whole
end has been shortened, the whole back is now basically a rock skid plate - and has been used rather aggressively. This pic isn't of mine - it's Scott Simmons, but his and mine will be cousins.
Just posted a request for those pics on a different thread so disregard, question for ya though, did you add all of the lower sheilds for protection or for structure on the rear crossmember? I was hoping to do mine (homegrown brainchild) this month but not sure if I will hae the time.