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Old 07-04-2009, 02:37 AM
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Talking JD's Custom Bumper

Well it finally happened...



The bumper project that I started back in late March was finally installed!



The bumper started as a Kennesaw Mtn bumper... but with some tweaks, and a lot of custom work. Anyone recognize the resemblance to my old WAAG?



The push bars were pushed only 2" out from the normal mounting location, and worked into the bumper design.



Notice... no fender overhang, as is prevalent in every other Kennesaw bumper I've seen.

All of the custom work was completed by my fabricator, Eric. He's the same guy that made my kick-butt rock sliders.



After much review and debate, I decided to mount up new fog lights. Part of me liked the stock fogs, but their performance was just awful. So I found the perfect lights, with the perfect beam. Not surprisingly they were another set of Hellas.

Hella Micro DEs:



Figured I'd give you some background of the build over the past couple months:



The bumper came with some deficiencies... which were addressed by Eric and his masterful welding, grinding, and plasma cutter skills:



Test fitment with some of the adjustments:



Working on the grille guard (fabbed from scratch):



Center section tacked in for measurement and debate:



Welding in the headlight hoops. They were welded while on the vehicle in order to get them perfectly (in my eyes) matched and aligned:



Here's the final test fitment of everything before sending it off to the powdercoaters (even if I had wanted a powdercoat from Kennesaw, they don't offer it):



Fully powdercoated and finished... EXACTLY as I had envisioned it:



I have to compliment Kennesaw though. They produced a decent bumper (a nice, strong base) for me to begin with. Kyle (with KMA) was very helpful, and worked with me through my many, many questions and inquiries. I bugged the crap out of him. They were a two weeks behind on delivery (which is pretty good for a bumper company), but it saved Eric and I the hassle of making time to start from scratch. With work these days, there's no chance it would be done by now.

Eric, at Freaky Tree Offroad, did a great job dealing with my deadlines, constant nagging, and perfectionist yammering. I'd fully recommend him (again).

As always, the project is never finished... my next step is to find the right winch to mount in the receiver.

I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:47 AM
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That looks amazing but more importantly, useful, very fitting!
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:53 AM
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Wow james; I can't believe that is the same truck I saw at Carlisle last year. can't wait to see it again this year; and see some action shots of the new bumer out on the trail
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:55 AM
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digging it

how much does it weigh?
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:58 AM
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Oh, drool. It's superb. Eric's like Henry Higgins, turning the Kennesaw's original Eliza Doolittle into a trail-worthy work of art.

And probably tripling the price by the time he's done. Had to be.

Did you weigh it?

Do you have pics of the interior to see how the winch force from the receiver gets transferred to the frame mounts? Al and I included a bit of overkill there to prevent warpage and flex at 9000 pounds worth of force.

At this point, it's looking like a $2000 ARB.



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Old 07-04-2009, 02:59 AM
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Jeesh! what shoddy workmanship. Haha, j/k bro. Looks frickin awesome! Nice work.
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All right James, welcome to the off-road bumper club



One suggestion I can make about a winch, if your budget can cover it. I would go with an integrated electronics setup - instead of having the electronics box separate. It makes the connections easier if you are going to be removing it. And also, Warn makes excellent extreme heavy duty coupling connections (Roadie has them, and so did I).









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Amazing!!! That looks sick!!
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Wow! That looks sweet!
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Cool looking bumper and very functional. I considered going with a winch on a hitch but decided to get one permanently fixed to the bumper. I plan on installing the winch in October, but the bumper has already been prepped for a Superwinch EPi9.0S.
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