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    Default 2000 Chevy step side rear bumper build

    Well after many hours searching the internet I have only found one aftermarket bumper for my 2000 silverado step side, it's made by a company called hammerhead. Now I'm not saying they don't have a quality product but it being the only option for about $1000 is a little steep for my wallet. So I decided to team up with a friend and build one my self with a that fits the style of my truck better and my wallet. I figured I would go with a baja/rock crawler style built and build it with 1 1/2" Dom tubing with a .120 wall (1/4 thick) because it can take a beating. The main support coming off the frame will be 1/4" steel plate which I have mocked up with card board for now.
    Now since the bedsides are a composite material I figure they need a little extra protection so this bumper will go from drivers side wheel well to passenger side wheel well. I have the tubing cut down to 114" lengths to make the distance at this point, next step is going to my friends place where they some metal fab work and hopefully bend it to fit. If his bender can't do it then we will have to make a couple cuts and make it a little less pretty.

    Build cost for for materials this far is just about $200, about what you could just about buy a stock replacement for.

    I will post some pictures as I go along in attempt to make it as easy to follow as possible if anyone else wants to do something like this as well.

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    Here are a couple of pictures of what I got so far.
    first is the mockup of the portion that mounts to the frame and holds the tubing.
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    This is a rough drawing of how it would look from rear.
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    And for so you can see how big the DOM tubing is.
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    More pictures to come, I should be starting the cutting, bending, and welding this up coming weekend.
    2000 single cab short bed 1500 w/ 6.0 vortec maxx swap from a 2006 2500, custom intake, slotted brakes, shorty headers, 8mm wires, electric fan, strait piped, 4.5 inch lift, asp pulleys, true dual through body exhaust, built trans w/ shift kit, custom tune ... 320rwhp

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    Well after looking things over and talking with my friend we decided to go with some 3" channel as the core support instead of messing with the plate steel.
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    After measuring out the length I wanted to go with 12" we cut it into two pieces from a 24" length. Next we took another section and cut it down to 4" and put a 15 degree Angled cut into it.
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    After cutting one that way we mirrored it to another so they would be the same. Once aligned where we wanted it placed a couple tack welds and set it in place to make sure that's how I wanted it to fit.
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    With the angles set on both pieces we welded them up and started to look at the cuts for the DOM tubing to set into.
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    With the lines drawn out we busted out the cutting torch and ground out the curves for the tubing to set in.

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    Thanks to being sick this last week I got set behind on finishing this.... So here is what I have been able to do.
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    Bolted both frame bounds in and leveled them out.
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    Set both bars in to figure out how long the back bar will be and lengths for the corners and sides. I will post more on the measurements later on when they are cut and welded on.

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    The reason for bottom bar having a sized corner is to keep it tucked into body.
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    About 70% done with bumper at this point. Need to close off both side ends, and mounts for d-rings.
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    looking great man! keep up the good work
    2000 Chevrolet Silverado

    Powertrain:
    4.3L V6, 4L60E, 2WD, Single Cab
    Performance:
    Airaid CAI
    Poweraid TB Spacer
    Flowmaster 10-series exhaust (dumped)
    BLACKBEAR TUNED!!!
    Edge CS insight monitor
    4.10 gears
    Limited-slip differential
    LS-1 Dual Electric fans
    Corvette tranny servo swap

    Audio:
    Head Unit: Alpine
    Speakers: Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" component set, 4X6 Infinity Kappas
    Subs: 2-12" Kicker CVT's
    Amps: Alpine-M1000 (subs), Alpine MRX-F65 (Speakers)


    Tires/Wheels:
    305/70R16 NITTO Terra Grapplers
    16" PROCOMP 7089's
    Suspension:
    2" leveling kit
    3" Fabtech Spindle Lift Kit
    Front/Rear-Bilstein 5100 shocks

    Lighting:
    FRONT
    35W HID Low Beams
    RECON LED smoked roof cab lights
    REAR
    HELLA LED taillights and 3rd brakelight
    HELLA FF-75 Aux. Reverse Lamps
    RIGID dually D2, flush mount, wide beam
    Accessories:
    Hawk HPS Brake pads
    Russell braided steel brake lines
    Powerstop-red powdercoated brake calipers
    Powerslot Cryo brake rotors
    EGR in-channel window visors

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