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Thinking on braving some homemade Bumpers.... Who has?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Bates5450, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Jun 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM
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    Bates5450

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    I am pretty confident working with metal and currently own my own business, so all tools, parts, and so much more can be write offs. However I am really picky with the parts I want to put on my truck and really am not super impressed with the looks, cost, and or time frame of what is currently out there. I am going to purchase a Miller Multimatic 215 and a Tube bender that is good enough to start really being able to fab some good quality stuff on my own.

    https://www.millerwelds.com/equipme...KgY3LokiWWrdf3dAAYX6UfG_bz4GZdMRoCS-MQAvD_BwE

    https://www.jd2.com/model-3-bender

    http://www.swagoffroad.com/SWAG-Machined-Tubing-Bender-AirHydraulic-Ram-Mount-_p_117.html

    I am wondering how many others have fabbed up their own bumpers or any other parts. I have seen a few builds like this... @papasmurf (Supremely capable and Rad Rig) has some pretty sweet bumpers he made himself, and they turned out well. I grew up doing this sort of stuff with friends and almost feel obligated to build rather than buy on certain things. I'm not exactly trying to build a truck quite as big and gnarly as @Spvrtan (Supremely capable and Rad Rig) however I most definitely plan to wheel my truck. I'm not too concerned about cutting up fenders boxing up the bed frame and getting some trail scars. I understand also that Tundras are huge however still pretty capable. I drive over 200 miles daily usually and put 45k miles on last truck in 6 months. So I am only planning on doing MCM Mid travel kit, pretty rad kit IMO. Sorry for the novel, trying to better know the community. Just about every Rig in the SGU @osidepunker and a few other builds have inspired me to build what I want and how I want it, so I can get out and have a great time. This whole process begins with a baby boy due in 3 months it'll be a few year ride.
     
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  2. Jun 9, 2018 at 5:43 PM
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    ZPMAN

    ZPMAN 2nd place is the 1st looser

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    Hats off to ya, it would be a time consuming adventure. One thing you should have for sure is a good plasma cutter. Something like this⬇️

    Screenshot_20180609-193009.jpg

    I would would do one too but it probably won't happen till the boys are a little older.
     
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  3. Jun 9, 2018 at 8:27 PM
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    831Tun

    831Tun IMA BasTRD

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    Eager to see what you come up with.
     
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  4. Jun 9, 2018 at 8:36 PM
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    2ndgenny

    2ndgenny Slowest build ever.

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    Hell yes dude. Good for you for building. That’s whats up. I haven’t started fabbing anything for my dc yet. Plan to build my own sliders, rear bumper and skid plates. I just finished building a bagged c10 in my garage. It was real fun, and I learned a lot!
    Looking forward to seeing what you build. :bowdown:
     
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  5. Jun 10, 2018 at 5:46 AM
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    Bates5450

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    I most definitely need a plasma cutter and more than a few other tools. I didn’t realize how good I had it when I was growing up in CA. One of my brothers had just about any tool you could need for general Fab then we had buddies with shops if it were behyound those. Thanks
     
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  6. Jun 10, 2018 at 5:47 AM
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    I am as well haha, thanks.
     
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  7. Jun 10, 2018 at 5:49 AM
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    Good on you, I’m. A fan of bagged C-10’s you do an LS swap into it? I feel like DIY fab and restoration is most definitely my therapy, along with too many other expensive hobbies.
     
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  8. Jun 10, 2018 at 6:09 AM
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    Notachickmagnet

    Notachickmagnet Whoa girl, simmer on down a notch

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    Cool, just here to see what you come up with !
    I love working with metal, and a plasma cutter is the shit ! Bought one years ago from my work when they upgraded !
     
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    ARamirez73 JUST A HOBO RIDIN' THEM RAILS TO ANYWHERE

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    X2 ^
     
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  12. Jun 10, 2018 at 9:32 AM
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    I did swap a 5.3 Ls into it yep and a 4l60e trans. For sure can agree with the fact it’s my therapy also. It’s too bad our therapy costs so much haha
     
  13. Jun 10, 2018 at 9:33 AM
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    That’s forsure
     
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  14. Jun 10, 2018 at 9:43 AM
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    To OP, if you want some advice, look into the bendtech pro software. You can design assemblies in 3D space, but it’s catered to tube and plate fabrication specifically. It’s also very affordable. It’s a tough learning curve, but they have a ton of write ups and demos on how to do things. This way you can make everything prior to cutting expensive steel and get an idea of how you want it to look. You can make all the mistakes you want, until your'e happy with how the bumper looks.

    Additionally, you can even do print outs of the notches that you wrap around tube and if you do your part, it gives you a perfect notch to the other tube. If you end up going with a bender, you can also tune your die into the software and it will give you locations and the start of a bend for perfect fitment. They also have a sheet metal module that can also do assemblies.

    Take it from someone that has bent/cut multiple 20ft sticks of DOM, only to realize I didn’t measure correctly or bent them the wrong way... that alone paid for this software.
     
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    I will most definitely be checking out Bendtech software. I’m definitely aware of the fact that it’s overall not easy however to me worth it. Your Cherokee build is rad! Plus you have a nice Tundra.
     
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    I wish I had these kinds of skills....

    Props to you guys who can Fab!
     
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  18. Jun 11, 2018 at 5:15 AM
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    osidepunker OsidePunker

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    Sub'd Good luck homie! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

    @dragos28 chime in
     
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    I have bentech pro spftware, was like 299$ or 399$ idk but totally worth it and a awesome software, takes some setup but very useful.
     
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    Somehow I missed this. Thanks for the comments. Both vehicles have been giant money pits, that’s for sure!!
     
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  21. Jun 12, 2018 at 5:32 AM
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    $260 onsale currently however another $160 or so for the armor add on, I’m sure it’ll be worth it.
     
  22. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:51 AM
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    I know it seems like a lot, but the alternative is a program like Solidworks or AutoCAD. I have been considering getting a Solidworks license and for a single use computer its $2k+ a year. A freaking year...!!! Bendtech took everything you would use from a CAD standpoint and effectively "dumbed" it down for that price and its a 1 time price with continuous updates. I think it's well worth it. Your other option is to download Fusion 360, which is free for independent folks to use, but the learning curve on that one is even higher, since its more of a full fledged CAD system.
     

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