2011 Tundra - High Clearance Rear Bumper Build

Discussion in 'Trail Toys' started by SMKYTXN, Sep 30, 2018.


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    I had a customer approach me about building him a rear bumper for his Tundra. He had a few IG pictures of bumpers he liked which gave me a starting point. The main tube is 6x2x3/16 rectangular tube and the recovery points are 3/4" thick.

    The new bumper will gain him about 10" of ground clearance. The low hanging factory tow hitch is going away as well.
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    Drawing and cutting the fill plates on the plasma sure makes for a clean job. I'm not a fan of feathering welds, but in this case it was necessary.

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    Next up was the hidden hitch. Everything is behind the main tube, including the safety chain holes and power plug.

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    Time to get started on the wings for the high clearance part of the build. They're also the same 6x2 rectangular tube.

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    The flush mount baja designs lights are meant to be through bolted to whatever they're attached too. In this case that isn't possible, so I had to drill and tap the holes for the lights.

    I had to do the same for the light up license plate bolts that my customer provided me.

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    She's nearly complete at this point. I have a few more small welds to make and then it's time for paint. Oh, and then I'll get started on the front bumper.

    I was going to add gussets on the wings, but the tubes running to the frame will be more than sufficient to keep the wings in place.

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  8. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, go fuck off

    Nice work!
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  9. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    Good looking work. This is perfect timing to see you use this material for this. I was thinking about using heavy tube like this on my trail rig.
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  10. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, go fuck off

    Question... do you build out the frame mounts in CAD and then have them cut on a waterjet or??
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  11. Anathollo

    Anathollo Armorall is my choice of lube Staff Member

    He said plasma in the first or second post. Plasma cutting is always cheaper than waterjet.
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    The rear bumper on my Taco is 5x2x1/4, and it's taken plenty of abuse. I see no reason to not use it, other than the trend of having all kinds of press braked bends in your bumper.

    After figuring out the dimensions using the foamcore I drew the plates up in cad and had them plasma cut. The cost to have them waterjetted would have been way too much.
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  13. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    Question - on the hitch bolt hole; why the horizontal and vertical holes? Master plan or welded it in wrong after pre-drilling it?

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    Shh..... the first set of drilled holes ended up off center of each other. It's not a huge deal, but I didn't see a good reason to waste that piece of tube.
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  15. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, go fuck off

    Pff. reading.


    I missed that. Derp!!
  16. Large

    Large Well-Known Member

    Nice work
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  17. Oswego

    Oswego n00b

    My current bumper is 6 x 6 or 4 x 6 tube and on Rich's old taco he had the same. Using tube makes things so much easier. Just need to think outside the box during designing.

    Looks good. K.I.S.S. designs can't be beaten.
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  18. achirdo

    achirdo 2WD FTW

    I have a ton of 6x4x1/8 and some 6x4x3/8 if someone wants a piece for a bumper or two
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  19. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    Yeah... go ahead just assume I am down for some. Will shoot you a text.
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    That's a bit larger than I usually use, but I'll keep that in mind.

    I had to source 3.5x2.5 x 3/16 today to fit inside the the frame horns on the Tundra. That stuff isn't cheap.

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