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#61 OFFLINE   hawairish

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 05:52 PM

I use a speed controller and carbide-tipped blade, and it's served me well.  Wasn't exactly cheap either, so may try to sharpen it up.  I need larger chopsaw anyway, but my wallet has been hating me recently.



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Posted 06 March 2018 - 03:42 PM

No problem man, I got my junker yota running! First engine swap I've ever done! Still psyched for a winch bumper though, keep going dude!

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 08:39 PM

Hawairish, take your time. Im sure it will pay off in little nuances. Plus dont hurry the fun out of it. Were looking forward to your end result!

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:35 PM

Count me in for the DIY winch bumper brackets...also interested in the front bumper and skid plates.

 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 11:45 AM

I'm long overdue on a reply here!  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to touch this project for several weeks due to all sorts of stuff, but this week is looking a little promising.

 

Right now, I'm about 85% done with the bumper:

 

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I've been driving it around like this for a while, and well...it hasn't rattled off the truck, so I must be doing something right.  What remains are mounting the winch solenoid box somewhere, and putting some sort of coating on.  The former issue has been a pain...the control box is somewhat large and obnoxious, so I'll likely end up using my CNC router to create a mounting plate from 1/4" ABS sheet and mounting the box vertically in front of the radiator behind the grille, plus some other re-wiring to relocate the remote control plug.  More work than I was hoping to do, but whatever.  For the latter, I'm leaning towards using Monstaliner and one of their tintable kits, probably just their dark gray (not a fan of black).  I'd love to go with an orange color (for bumper, sliders, tire carrier, and rear bumper when done), but I'm not really flashy like that...and there's a small premium on most colors.

 

Of course, that 85% excludes a bunch of other smaller tasks, like blacking out the washer fluid reservoir and deleting the pre-airbox squid.  I'm also trying to figure out lighting; might just go with 4 cheapo LED pods inside the angular openings.

 

I've not welded up the skids, but I did make the necessary bends:

 

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I achieved my goal of making this a slide-on/off process.  Just loosen the six bolts (4 under the radiator support and 2 under the crossmember) maybe 3/4" and slide forward.  I may actually weld the two skids together, though that wasn't the original plan, but it'll work fine like that.  Reason for wanting two pieces was to have 3/8" of steel plate under the support.  With my existing mid-skid plate, I've also got additional layers under the cross member.

 

I may also add some side wings for a little extra covering of.  The ribs on the backside of the plate might be a little too close to the sway bar on articulation, but I may just test it out as originally planned.  It may only make contact if my front end bottoms out, but when I replace my current OME MDs with HDs soon, that'll rotate the bar upward for more clearance.  I can move the skids forward a little to add some clearance, too.

 

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I've been really slow on making progress towards getting the next set of brackets cut up, for several reasons.  But, I've not lost sight of the project.  My main concern is seeing a real-world application (mine) and making any corrections or improvements.  The other thing is still avoid a repeat of the file snafus from the first set...too much rework on files.  I intend to re-CAD my original drawings in another application, and that's just a matter of time becoming familiar with the application.  The same application will be use when I get my CNC plasma table...oh yeah, I hinted at it previously, but it's official: I bought a CNC plasma table.  I won't see it until June, though, and I'll need all the time until then to get a plasma cutter, air compressor, and electrical drops in the garage.  I would like to have the 2nd set of brackets cut by the local shop still, just to not stall getting these out there.

 

There will be a v2 design with the following changes, and I'm open to questions, concerns, and suggestions:

  1. Shackle mount depth: the shackle hole will move forward and protrude beyond the face of the bumper.  I like the recessed location in general, but it presented some issues when trying to avoid blocking access.
  2. Hi-lift flat: one thing I wish I had incorporated was a simple flat spot for the tongue of a Hi-Lift to fit under.  This might not be useful for all builds, but would be easy to incorporate.
  3. Shackle mount width and/or orientation: The current width is 1-1/8" (3x 3/8"), ideal for a 3/4" shackle.  I don't want to change the width, per se, but the layered approach (pieces on each side of the main bracket) created some limitations when determining how to mount the bumper to the brackets.  I may reduce the layer to two, giving 3/4" (2x 3/8") of shackle width, which actually seems pretty standard on other bumpers.
  4. Fewer attachment plates: the current design uses 3 separate plates for attaching a bumper face to the main brackets.  I found this to be a pain, in terms of aligning everything and accounting for metal twisting from welding.  The next design will have two plates (one per bracket) only.  I will probably have a separate set of places specifically for creating a receiver tube attachment.
  5. General main bracket: couple small changes here and there regarding cuts, shape, etc.

Hopefully more to follow this week...



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 12:28 PM

That skidplate is absolutely awesome!  Obviously I already have a bumper, but I'd be down for a set of those skids whenever their available.  Too bad it says Pathfinder (although that's the cool part), but I'm not picky.



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 12:47 PM

Nice work, take your time I'm sure the community here appreciates you trying to pave the way for others like myself, less inclined to pull something like this off



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 01:37 PM

That skidplate is absolutely awesome!  Obviously I already have a bumper, but I'd be down for a set of those skids whenever their available.  Too bad it says Pathfinder (although that's the cool part), but I'm not picky.

 

Thanks!  For a second there, I had to think about what else it would say if not Pathfinder...but once I've got that plasma table operational, it would be trivial to put Infiniti logos/texts, custom stuff, etc., without being tied to quantities.

 

Nice work, take your time I'm sure the community here appreciates you trying to pave the way for others like myself, less inclined to pull something like this off

 

Thanks!  I keep telling my wife that if she can just get a job that provides medical for the family, I'll quit mine to just do this stuff!



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 03:36 PM

Very nice work. Can't wait to see the finished product and the kit.



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 03:41 PM

I might have to move back to Arizona full-time just to see this work of art coming together in person !


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 05:54 PM

I've been watching this thread with a lot of ooh's and aah's directed at my computer screen. I'm very interested in what you're doing here although I have a lot of other stuff to work on right now. I used to go down to Quartzite and Yuma in my motorhome for the winter and I've been thinking about doing that again except with my Pathfinder and a small trailer. If I decide to do that I could just swing by Surprise and pick this fine work up. Completely interested, take your time and do life and family right first!



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Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:13 AM

Ive already told you but both TowndawgR50 & I are very excited to use your mount as the foundation of new bumpers for our trucks. I love your work. Take the necessary time to get it right & yet not make it such a burden that you dont enjoy it. I think the inclusion of a front receiver would be very handy as well. Hope I get a chance to see you at Overland Expo West this May! Keep up the great work!!

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 02:38 AM

Holy cow, Sorry I'm late to this topic. Is this project still on going? I'm am having to go back to my QX4 as my daily and I'm back on the hunt for a bumper design. I just searched and came up on this thread. For some reason I cannot see photos of anything on this thread but, I'm so desperate I'm willing to go in even without seeing anything. LOL anyone know why I might not be able to see the photos? 

 

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:08 AM

Holy cow, Sorry I'm late to this topic. Is this project still on going? I'm am having to go back to my QX4 as my daily and I'm back on the hunt for a bumper design. I just searched and came up on this thread. For some reason I cannot see photos of anything on this thread but, I'm so desperate I'm willing to go in even without seeing anything. LOL anyone know why I might not be able to see the photos? 

 

Thanks

 

Not late, I'm just a little stalled for the time being.  I'm trying to ramp back up for a v2 of the bracket, but too many other projects at the moment.  Hoping to have a much better answer within a month.

 

I still have all the pics, but my image host, Post Image, did something stupid with links.  Checking with them to see if they have a better solution before I have to redo everything.

 

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:16 PM

How did i miss this thread?

 

Such amazing work as per usual 

 

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:30 PM

Thanks Kyle!

 

Hopefully we can get the pics showing again.  Found out that PostImage had some issue with the postimg.org domain registration, but if the image URLs point to postimg.cc, all will be good.  I pm'd RedPath88 to see if he can make a bulk change...it would fix it for everyone using PI.

 

Going to see if I can move this project forward a little tonight...



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Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:08 PM

Imgur has always been good to me, if you want to switch images hosting sites..

 

But definitely wanna see the rest of the pics, gonna keep my eye on this thread.

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 01:39 PM

Damn, a custom bumper is next on my list. Good stuff






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