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#546016 - March 06th 2012 5:52 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: May 10th 2010 11:33 pm
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Im going to talk to a machine shop to see if they can cut them clean and square for me. It looks like I'll just order some square steel stock and setup the main bracket to the bumper very much like a hitch and receiver. It won't be used for towing, but I checked and found a winch that I can squeeze in behind the bumper in between the radiator bracket and frame rails. Going to measure today.

Then the bulk of the design will be left with a mandrell bender and lots of welding.
I'll keep you posted.
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#551255 - March 25th 2012 4:08 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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I just got the front end winch hook back from the chrome shop. And they did an amazing job. This hook was ordered from a crane rigging company overseas to match the look I wanted, then it was chemically stripped, sand blasted, and ground smooth from stamped ratings and logos, and finally chrome plated. 25 for the hook, 75 for the chrome. Couldn't be happier!
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#551428 - March 25th 2012 7:39 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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#551697 - March 26th 2012 8:35 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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why so small? lol
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#552027 - March 27th 2012 11:33 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Looks good.
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#552053 - March 28th 2012 6:46 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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yeah Nice
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#552118 - March 28th 2012 12:16 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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#552167 - March 28th 2012 3:25 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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I'd look into having square tubing bolted to the frame rails, extending through square holes cut in the bumper, bolting things to it on the other side leaving you able to remove it if the need arises yet being strong enough to use as it's designed.
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#552641 - March 30th 2012 11:41 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: maples01]
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Registered: May 10th 2010 11:33 pm
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I just got back from the steel facility with all the parts I need for the bracket to the bumper. I went with inserts and a trailer hitch style so the hooks are removable if need be. But they are cut down to 3" in length, and then the pipe will be welded around these two mounting posts.

Maples, I wish I had the time and patience to do said frame rail mounting but already have a winch on the way that should fit in the tiny space I have behind the bumper. And dont worry, it'll be for show, not towing. ;)

Mainly next I have lots of measuring and mock ups to do, and a man to see about mandrel bending. I finally have this project rolling and it feels great!
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#554009 - April 06th 2012 1:48 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Here is the steel stock and parts all layed out.




Here are the trailer hitch type square stock: Im using 2 1/4" Outer welded to the bumper with 2" inner stock that will have steel caps welded on to fit up in the recess in the back of the tow hook bracket. The tow hook base itself will be bolted through the end cap with a heavy and beautifully big bolt.
Each support piece is 3" long and will have 2" mandrel bent pipe welded to it as uprights for the main bar.
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