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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2018, 10:12:21 PM »
I love it. The front bumper looks excellent! I'll admit I wasn't a fan of the rear one, but now that you've put some side caps on it, it looks great.

I wouldn't write off the idea of building a receiver hitch into your front bumper though. I have an aftermarket front bumper with a 2" hitch in it, and the fabricator built it so the hitch sticks out maybe 1/2" from the front of the bumper, and the long part that you stick the pin through is in behind (between your bumper and your A/C condenser there is lots of room).

If you build your skidplates out of aluminum, they don't add much weight at all.
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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2018, 10:52:21 PM »
I’m considering moving the cutout in the bumper to match the tire instead, but in reality I may never do it.  Wouldn’t take long.  But now I gotta do a clutch job on it and tear open the rear diff so it’s going to wait. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2018, 08:44:34 PM »
Ok, so the end fillers are LEGIT!  That is pretty awesome.  Really finishes things up.  Would you have any luck moving the spare tire to fit the cutout in the bumper better?

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2018, 10:45:16 AM »
Okay whew that took a hot minute.  But capped off and ready for rattle can. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2018, 09:04:21 AM »
The winch area has provided a good place for my girlfriends acquisitions on adventure.  Although the beaver skull was my find, she made me bring it home and it’s much better outside than in lol. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2018, 07:11:50 PM »


Nice, but am I the only one who's eyes immediately focus first on the open space under each tail light and the vents??    I'm trying to figure out a rear bumper for my 97 sport but it has to wrap around like the original or I'd drive myself nuts.
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I'm thinking about eliminating the vents (ragtop doesn't need more ventilation) and see if I can cut and roll the bottom edge up.

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2018, 11:58:01 AM »
Yep, I’m still working on it. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2018, 11:45:03 AM »
Yes I should probably skid the whole underbelly but I just cringe at the thought of gaining too much weight because these little rigs really shine in their light and free nature.   I’d hate to lose mpg, power and handling.   And, I don’t really wheel hard enough to warrant it anyway.   

Here’s what I have so far for the rear.  I think it might be a smittybuilt product for Jeep.   Also took a lot of mods to get it here I beefed up the built in tow hitch with a cross tube and dialed in the electrical plug like I always do.   My trailers are all tight electrically.   When I resto a trailer I use garden variety 14/2 extension cords that I cut up for wire.  Run both sides with dedicated ground wires and solder all connections.   Never have a problem again on them except the plugs occasionally need replacement.  I towed so much with my x90 that I needed to do tranny bearings at 110k.  This car will see similar service.  Just dragged home a ton of pellets last week on a probably 700 Lb trailer.  No problem for the little mule.  I probably won’t try to launch the 8000 lb boat with it though, although I bet it would handle it.

Nice, but am I the only one who's eyes immediately focus first on the open space under each tail light and the vents??    I'm trying to figure out a rear bumper for my 97 sport but it has to wrap around like the original or I'd drive myself nuts.

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2018, 04:29:36 PM »
Thanks.  Out in the real world, you gotta stay light. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2018, 02:20:47 PM »
nice bumper and super light and durable
new rig aka "the mule" 2002 tracker
V6 swap auto  ,2 dr ,2" BL,2" jeffs kit 512 gears warn hubs and 30/9.5/15 BFG AT

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 05:52:04 PM »
Yes I should probably skid the whole underbelly but I just cringe at the thought of gaining too much weight because these little rigs really shine in their light and free nature.   I’d hate to lose mpg, power and handling.   And, I don’t really wheel hard enough to warrant it anyway.   

Here’s what I have so far for the rear.  I think it might be a smittybuilt product for Jeep.   Also took a lot of mods to get it here I beefed up the built in tow hitch with a cross tube and dialed in the electrical plug like I always do.   My trailers are all tight electrically.   When I resto a trailer I use garden variety 14/2 extension cords that I cut up for wire.  Run both sides with dedicated ground wires and solder all connections.   Never have a problem again on them except the plugs occasionally need replacement.  I towed so much with my x90 that I needed to do tranny bearings at 110k.  This car will see similar service.  Just dragged home a ton of pellets last week on a probably 700 Lb trailer.  No problem for the little mule.  I probably won’t try to launch the 8000 lb boat with it though, although I bet it would handle it. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2018, 03:16:59 PM »
I ran the skid cover back to the middle crossmember, and then another skid pan back to the back crossmember.  These have saved me many times, but I like to go to the end of any road and be able to turn around.
I am looking forward to what you do with the rear bumper.  I am not set up for aluminum work, but always enjoy seeing others good work.
93 Tracker,XL7 springs & 1" raised spring pads in front with YJ springs in back, home built bumpers rear & front (w/winch), 2" x 4" rock tubes,  ARB front & rear, converted Sami rear to IFS, 33x12.5x15  aluminum rims, roll cage, 2.7L w/5 speed auto.

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2018, 02:10:48 PM »
Yes I did that on a bumper once but problem with it is that it must stick out enough to get a pin hole through and I don’t want a big wang out the front.  But yes the point is a good one and that is when we get stuck and need a winch, we never want to pull forward we always want to pull back.  So, a front mount winch is good for utility use but not necessarily wheeling.  But that’s okay because I don’t go wheeling, I let the wheeling come to me instead.  Anyway I’ll probably make a lid to keep tools and rigging inside. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2018, 10:47:44 AM »
You could just put a receiver tube in the front bumper. And a hitch mount on the winch...

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Re: New bumper complete
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2018, 09:07:40 AM »
More views.  I’ve never been much of a winch guy and had planned to use the winch space as maybe a rigging box or something but after using a harbor freight cheapo for the last year that I upgraded to synthetic line I’m now considering putting one in there. 
2003 Suzuki tracker 4d 5sp 2.0 “piglet”
Deleted air 4wd system, Manual hubs, 2” lift, 235/75,

Old ride: 1997 X90 “jellybean” best lil car I’ve ever had