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06-10-2014, 03:03 PM #1
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.
This is a rough drawing of how it would look from rear.
And for so you can see how big the DOM tubing is.
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
06-22-2014, 06:39 PM #2
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the lines drawn out we busted out the cutting torch and ground out the curves for the tubing to set in.
07-02-2014, 10:29 AM #3
Thanks to being sick this last week I got set behind on finishing this.... So here is what I have been able to do.
Bolted both frame bounds in and leveled them out.
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.
07-20-2014, 09:34 PM #4
07-20-2014, 09:37 PM #5
looking great man! keep up the good work2000 Chevrolet Silverado
4.3L V6, 4L60E, 2WD, Single Cab
Poweraid TB Spacer
Flowmaster 10-series exhaust (dumped)
Edge CS insight monitor
LS-1 Dual Electric fans
Corvette tranny servo swap
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)
305/70R16 NITTO Terra Grapplers
16" PROCOMP 7089's
2" leveling kit
3" Fabtech Spindle Lift Kit
Front/Rear-Bilstein 5100 shocks
35W HID Low Beams
RECON LED smoked roof cab lights
HELLA LED taillights and 3rd brakelight
HELLA FF-75 Aux. Reverse Lamps
RIGID dually D2, flush mount, wide beam
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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