MX2: Front Bumper

Posted on Posted in MX2: 2001 Ford Ranger

Although the lower portion of the bumper was built a few years ago, I’ve decided to keep it and built on additions. Here’s an old photo during early construction.

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First things first. Adding a brush guard that will follow the existing contour. Starting with measuring the old main tubing. I cut another similar sized tubing. The length is a few feel longer to accommodate the bends.

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With a manual tubing bender I duplicate the curves. I use two pieces of strap bolted together to replicate the angles.

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Then place double check my bends. After the angles are correct I measure how high the brush guard will be then calculate where the bends need to start.

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With the help of my dad, we square up the tubing so it will bend correctly. Once aligned I make the bends.

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Next I dry fit the brush guard where I want it to be. Then measure where the excess material will be trimmed off.

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Using a sturdy metal table I square up the guard and make cut marks.

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Then I grind off paint on the old bumper where the brush guard will be welded. I use a welding blanked to protect the truck’s body.

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I then tack weld the upper loop into place and create the middle supports.

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After tacking everything in place I weld everything up.

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A few days later I decided to paint the grill after I painted the bumper. The shinny grill didn’t look good with the bumper being black.

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Also I welded on a tab for a whip antenna. The antenna is the right height of the Flippac. So I’ll hit the antenna before I hit the camper.

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Then I took a bit of a poser shot once I was finished.

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