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    The Mighty Merc โ€“ Front Winch Bumper

    Being able to self-recover is something I try to strive for with my builds. In that vein, I make it a point to fit a winch to the front of my toys. I will admit that it doesnโ€™t get used that often, but when it does, itโ€™s a big help! The goal was to tuck the winch in as tight to the body as I could in hopes that I could reuse the stock bumper cover for a cleaner look…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Rear Bumper Air Tank

    The rear bumper isnโ€™t anything special, Just some ยผโ€ wall 4×5 that Is capped off to be an air tank in the future (If I remember my measurements right, its about a 4 gallon tank size) . I took the center section to work and milled a hole for the receiver mount. After that was completed, I burned on the end caps and receiver: And burned on the truck: At this point I started playing with the side tubes some.…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Stinger

    I finally got around to finishing up the front bumper with the addition of a stinger. This took a little longer than I thought it would to get it to look right, but Iโ€™m happy with the overall results. Bent up a hoop and played around with the placement of it: So much for being able to walk around the truck with the garage door closed (and it only fits in the garage one way now): It was a little…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Front bumper main structure

    It was a bit of a road to get here, but I finally settled on a design for the front. Just to recap, I went through more than a few versions to figure out exactly what I wanted. Starting with V1 (Right) and V2 (Left): I then ditched those two ideas and started on the V3 with the main supports: Added the outer potions: Still wasnโ€™t happy with that (seemed to big). So onto V4, I kept the same center…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Front Bumper Guessing

    I started playing with some ideas for my front bumper tonight. I was having difficulty trying to figure out how to make the front bumper not seem retardedly huge. With the help of the wife, I think Iโ€™ve got a decent concept to work on. The issue is that Iโ€™m trying to meet IL lift law, which states 27โ€ in the front for my GVWR. The lower part of my winch plate currently meets that: Thatโ€™s cool, but as you…