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  1. #1
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    Rear Bumper

    Here's some photos of my new bumper. Simple cut & drill, 3/4 inch thick x 4, 54 inches long. Local fab shop did the welding which included cutting the holes for the hitch and shackle tabs so they could be welded on both sides. It was a tough decision to cut the crossmember, but the Unlimited has a second crossmember just 5" away with the hitch tying the two together. Not to mention the 3/4" bumper that was added. I feel like it's safe enough, and even strong enough to tow with. In reality, I'll probably never use it except for a storage rack or bike rack. If I find the need to tow my utility trailer I could add some frame tie-in brackets or just skid plate the whole area to tie it all together. The whole thing is removable so I can always put it back the way it was.
    Please be honest about what you think about cutting the crossmember. I did something similar on the front of my CJ and always wondered how strong it was.

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    Last edited by 1 Long TJ; 10-21-2012 at 04:39 PM.

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    Re: Rear Bumper

    Here's the finished product.

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  3. #3
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    Re: Rear Bumper

    Looks great. Throw some frame tie in's on this and you could probably tow what ever your max weight is (3500 lbs). I've seen other LJ's cut thru the rear frame rails like that for tow hitches. I would do the same if I ddin't already have a bumper/tire swing.

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    Re: Rear Bumper

    Looks great.

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    Re: Rear Bumper

    Really interesting! Never seen anything quite like that. I'd say you're fine with the rear x-member after bolting that beef on like you did.

    I second the idea of some type of frame tie-in that goes back down the side of the frame rails to pick up some additional bolts. Then you'd really have some serious $&#*.

  6. #6
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    Re: Rear Bumper

    thats pretty slick, I like that. simple and effective

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