MX2: Rear Swing-Out Bumper

I didn’t want to start on the rear bumper until the camper was fully installed, since I wanted to make everything the correct proportions. With the new flippac camper done I get started on the rear bumper.

First I scrounge two scrap 1/4 inch plate pieces that have already been welded together. I drill holes to fit the stock bolting points.

Next, I cut a piece of 3 x 2 square tubing to length and set in place.

For alignment I use some clamps holding temporary braces.

After tacking into place I weld on additional 1/4 plating.

Once the main bumper portion is fully welded to the mounts I remove and begin boxing in all the corners with plating.

To add support for the outer edges of the bumper I add 1 1/4 inch tubing to tie into the mounts.

I bolt the bumper back onto the truck for the next phase.

For the swing out section I opt for a two piece sleeve. The first piece is 1 1/4 inch round tubing notched at the end and welded onto the bumper.

Next I mock-up where all the gear will be and take measurements.

The second piece is 1 1/2 inch round tubing slid over the 1 1/4 inch piece, cut to match. The two pieces form the hinge for the swing out, which has a very snug fit. Another 1 1/4 inch tube is cut and welded into place for the swing out’s lower arm.

At the end of the swing arm I create a support and clamping point. I use 1 1/2 inch tube cut in half for the support. This gives a small lip for the arm to test on, keeping the arm from swinging open.

Next I bend the spare tire loop and cut to fit. I use a magnetic square to keep everything in pace.

With a paper template I mark and cut a spare tire mounting plate.

Then I drill out the holes and weld a piece of tubing on the back.

After double checking my measurements I weld the spare mount into pace.

Just a test fit I bolt the tire on the swing arm.

The arm can swing 180 degrees without hitting the camper.

Onto the remaining gear loop. I bend, cut then weld into place


I completely spaced out at this point and forgot to take more photos. After the second loop was welded on I added a small hoop to hold two fuel cans. Then I created two tabs to hold my license place. Corbin of Zebra Sports also came over and have me a hand with making mounts for the hi lift jack and a few other tidbits.

To keep things legal I had to install a license plate light. I search all over and find a small shop that makes custom LED lights.

For latching the swing gate closed I used a cam latch. Same thing everyone uses for this. I found mine at Graingers for $20.

I opted to weld the main latching portion onto the swing gate. I also paced it on an angle so the force would pull into the support evenly. This also puts the handle higher and keeps anything from flipping it open on the trail.

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