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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-19-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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1/8th inch steel big enoght for bumper

I have a 87 runner and I'm building a rear bumper.I'm making the rear mounts.I made them out of 1/8th inch steel but it doesn't look thick enough.should I go with 1/4 or will the 1/8th inch b OK.

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Rear mounts minimum 1/4". If not you'll bend them on a sideways hit.

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If you are just using flat stock I would use 3/8" It will be alot stronger if you can work in some side bracing / gusseting to the mount. 1/8" flat stock is worthless for a mount bracket.

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Use 3/8 or larger. If you actually wheel then 1/4" is useless.

I ended up scrapping my 1/4" brackets and welded in a 2x3 crossmember between the frame rails. Then extended out 5, 4" long 2x3 square tube sections out to the rear bumper.

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Use 3/8 or larger. If you actually wheel then 1/4" is useless.

I ended up scrapping my 1/4" brackets and welded in a 2x3 crossmember between the frame rails. Then extended out 5, 4" long 2x3 square tube sections out to the rear bumper.

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Thanks everyone.ill go get a price of 3/8 inch and go from there

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You can use 1/8, but by the time you were done with reinforcements, it really isn't worth it. A mix of 1/4 and 3/16's would be better for a bumper. For a bracket, your better off using tube or making some kind of channel.

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3/16 is really not enough unless it is seriously internally reinforced, build a strong one!
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