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Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:14 am

Been building a bumper for the trooper this weekend. Last thing I’ve been working on is a hoop for it. Can’t decide if I like the hoop. What do you guys think?
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:50 am

Can't help you with your hoop question, not a big fan of hoops. But the bumper is NICE! May have to copy it, if you don't mind. Were you planning on making drawings or plans available?

Mike

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:30 am

NWTroop2 wrote:Been building a bumper for the trooper this weekend. Last thing I’ve been working on is a hoop for it. Can’t decide if I like the hoop. What do you guys think?

Really nice job! I personally would skip the stinger, or at least use round tube, but that's just my opinion, you gotta build it the way you like it.

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:41 pm

I could see about drawing up plans. I just bought a piece of 3”x6” box tube and marked it up and started cutting, welding, and grinding. I was really happy with it until I put the hoop on it. I don’t have a pipe bender so I miter cut the square tube with a portable band saw the best I could. I’m not sure if I’d like the hoop with round tube either though. Thanks for the opinions, and the compliments! That was a ton of work. First thing I’ve ever fabbed up other than an occasional bracket! Think I’ll end up chopping the hoop off. It just has a few tack welds holding it in place now.

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:34 pm

NWTroop2 wrote: I just bought a piece of 3”x6” box tube and marked it up and started cutting, welding, and grinding.


OK, I see know. Did you relief cut it on the backside just outboard of the frame rails and pulled the ends back a little, then tapered them up to the outside? Pretty simple, if that's how you did it. At first glance I thought you'd welded together a bunch flat plates. Again, nice!

Mike

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:54 pm

Yeah just a bunch of relief cuts to bend it to the shape I wanted and keep the original rounded edges. I should have taken more pictures but I’m not one for stopping before/after each step. Here’s what I got for pictures of the process.

I also trimmed the front fenders a bit. They hung down below the bumper.

Sorry the pictures are out of order. Still trying to get that figured out.
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:03 pm

More...
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:59 am

I don't see a "Thanks" button any more? So, Thanks!

Mike

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:37 am

Here’s some more pictures of the bumper build. Think I’m going to throw a harbor freight winch on it this weekend. I’ll probably finish it up with black raptor liner.
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:45 am

Picked up a Badlands 9000lb winch from Harbor Freight today. I thought I was going to mount it on top of the bumper but decided it wouldn’t look so great that way. Anyways, I pulled the bumper and took some measurements and went after it again with the angle grinder and welder. Here’s what I came up with.

It was a whole bunch more work, but I think it turned out good! Still need to mount the controller on the winch and get it fitted up and fully assembled.

Instead of saying “I” , I should be saying we. Myself and a friend of mine have been dreaming this up and working our butts off on it. It has been a good time though!
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:52 pm

Do you happen to have the original bumper?

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:09 pm

Looking great.

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:31 pm

Day of prep, primer, and paint (raptor liner).
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:14 am

Front and rear bumpers all done. They turned out pretty good! Raptor Liner is good stuff, it sprayed really easily.

I’ll put up pictures of the rear bumper when I have it mounted.
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:27 pm

Back bumper mounted up.
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:29 pm

Nice work.

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:35 pm

Nice! Got a side shot of the rear bumper? How did you apply the Raptor Liner?

Mike

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:21 pm

gruff54 wrote:Nice! Got a side shot of the rear bumper? How did you apply the Raptor Liner?

Mike



I purchased a kit off of Amazon that came with a “free” gun to spray it with. It can be applied with a roller too. I think you’d get a much smoother texture with a roller but I decided to spray to cover up some imperfections. It really did a great job at that.

I don’t have a side shot of the rear bumper right now. I’m out of town for Thanksgiving. I’ll put up side shots of both bumpers. I had to move the front bumper out a bit more to make room for the winch.

It was a fun project! I will be using Raptor Liner on the whole exterior and the floor.

More to come.....

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:18 pm

Roller texture smoother than sprayed? I'd think it would be the other way 'round. Just went back and looked at your close-up pic. I guess the material sorta dries before it hits the surface and doesn't flow? Got a link to the kit you purchased?

Mike

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:40 pm

Awesome job there, it looks beautiful! I wish I had a shop. I am looking for a winch bumper with the headlight guards (don't like the hoops) and can't find them for less than $1000.00

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:12 pm

Awesome job on both bumpers.

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:17 am

You've got incredible skills, both bumpers look amazing! :thumbup:

Jonathan

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:49 pm

Thank you for the kind words! I’m in the process of prepping to paint the whole truck with Raptor Liner right now.

Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Fri May 22, 2020 12:15 am

Here it is pretty much all done!
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Re: Trooper II front bumper build

Sat May 23, 2020 10:35 am

While I can appreciate the larger, more prominent-style bumpers, I've always been really drawn to the more minimalist-style like this. They look absolutely incredible, I hope you're proud of your work!

Jonathan
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