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Old 03-09-2016, 02:43 AM   #1
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After realizing that the F150's rear bumper is like 18ga steel, I've been interested in building a real bumper. Well, I finally got the new bumper mounted today, after having it sprayed with truck bed liner (to match my running boards).

The other reason I built my own, is the cost of a prefabbed bumper ($1500-2500). I am cash poor and have more discretionary time available, so... Hopefully this will encourage others to try their own (caveat, I have 25 years of structural experience and 30 years of certified welding experience - that does help):





OEM bumper/tow package frame off. New subframe. Old bolts: Gr. 8.8 (?) 14mm. new bolts: 5/8" Gr. 8





Lower subframe. New receiver position (4" higher than OEM = increased departure angle)





Outer frame starting.

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More:





Lower outer frame (.120 wall round tube), light buckets for the Rigids, new position for the receiver (4" higher than OEM = greater departure angle)





Some complex angles. Each member supports another





New location for trailer hook ups (so it doesn't get ripped off on a rock.... AGAIN!)
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More tomorrow. I guess I've been cut off...
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I like that, it looks good so far!
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I may be early on this but... Where will your license plate go?
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Hi all, hopefully I be allowed to add more photos now...




3/4" shackle mount (a.k.a. "tow hook") welded to the frame instead of just to the steel skin, as so many companies do.




10 gauge steel plate as the skin. Welded both sides. It is a structure itself.




Lower part of bumper skirt is angled for even more departure angle.
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Here's some more:




As a preliminary answer to the "where's the plate going to go?". Of course, you can probably see where this is going, right: (now that the sensor holes are drilled, I had to come up with another idea):



I made a mount that utilizes the hitch receiver. (this is only temporary until I can come up with a better idea. The hitch pin is a locking type.)

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Side skirt. Getting ready for....



Got it sprayed yesterday (off truck)






Now to reinstall wiring.

The project was a bit daunting, being my first-ever bumper build, but well worth the time $pent. Again, I hope this encourages others to try it.
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That looks great!

I wish I had mad skills like you do.
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Dude that's awesome!! Curious what you are in it at (cost wise)


Looks incredible though!
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