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Say no to NWO PLEASE!
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Over the weekend the funtionality and look of my truck's back bumper faded greatly.

Lets just say I need a new bumper, possibly brackets.

What can you guys suggest when MAKING a new back bumper?
 

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I'm keeping my eye on you
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I hate it when they install those things while I'm in the store and they don't leave a sign!:rolleyes:

If you want functionality and a bumper that looks great (Florida & Georgia only, I think), try "the redneck special"! Make a bumper out of two pieces of 4" pipe, one on top of the other. Weld the ends closed, drill and tap them to store water in one and compressed air in the other.:thumb:
 

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The compressed air idea is actually damned good.

Meh, what can I say other than those polls are short, it was night time, and was in my blind spot.
 

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Most bumper brackets are designed to collapse before bending the frame. If you want to use the old brackets, you should pull the bumper back out to as close to original position as possible before dis-assembling it. To do this you should hook a chain or strong tow strap around a tree or post and to the deepest part of the bend in the bumper. Get in the truck put in gear and slowly ease forward gently easing the bumper back into place(I've pulled radiator supports and truck beds out like this also). If your bumper is pushed down, you should jack the truck up by the bumper, using all the weight of the vehicle to force the bumper upwards.

From there you should be able to beat them with a ball peen hammer into a usable form, you may need to vise them.

Here is a pic of my uncles tube steel bumper w/ flat brackets made form 3/8" steel. You can drill and thread a hole for an air valve if you want.

This bumper actually saved our lives. My cousin rolled the truck off the road and down a steep incline. We rolled once, then the rear bumper hooked a tree, keeping us from rolling 100 yards further down the hill.



I have also seen people simply bolt up a rail road tie, heavy duty and you can nail or screw stuff to is easily.
 

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Sweat more, bleed less!
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My only BOV is a '02 escort zx2. It gets great mpg adn can handle mild terrain. Nothing fancy or big, wish i could find a small 4cyl Mazda truck.
 

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I hate it when they install those things while I'm in the store and they don't leave a sign!:rolleyes:

If you want functionality and a bumper that looks great (Florida & Georgia only, I think), try "the redneck special"! Make a bumper out of two pieces of 4" pipe, one on top of the other. Weld the ends closed, drill and tap them to store water in one and compressed air in the other.:thumb:
I've been thinking of doing this myself. Would the air be dangerous if impacted though?
 
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