video is about mig welding a jeep bumper kit. I found a kit that is
inexpensive, easy to make, and very simple...like me.
The reason I am welding a jeep bumper this week is.....Apparently, I suck at driving.
The bumpers that came on the jeep when I got it are chrome plated steel tube bumpers and they stick out pretty far.
I hate to admit it, but I misjudged how far my bumper sticks out and it nipped the trim on my garage door. Then my son was backing the jeep out one day and hung the other side. So maybe its not just me... crappy driving must just run in the family.
Bottom line is its time for a different bumper.
From the day I got this Jeep, I figured I would swap out the bumpers with some DIY kits. I am finally getting around to it.
Since work is kinda slow, it is a good time for me to weld some bumpers.
I really like the idea of DIY welded bumper kits where the metal is supplied pre cut.
If you do the math, you can hardly buy the steel and cut it for what you can just buy the kit for.
The price for this bumper from jcroffroad.com was $109.99
A while back, I shot a video where I welded a diy jeep bumper kit from SWAGoffroad.com and used a Hobart 210 mvp mig welder. It was a rear bumper and it is called the "SWAG big hit bumper" (you can see it here) and it went together really quick and easy and looked great. I liked it a lot but I didnt have a Jeep when welded that bumper so I shipped it to a Facebook fan of SWAGoffroad as a prize in a facebook contest.
Now here I am with a Jeep Wrangler and thinking I should have kept the SWAG bumper.
Oh well, It makes for more videos anyway...right?
So Since SWAG doesn't offer a front bumper anymore, I decided to give jcroffroad.com a try.
This jeep bumper kit is made from 3/16" thick steel and appears to be laser cut.
I can tell you this....it was super easy to put together and weld. If it wasnt for all the extra time it takes to shoot video, I bet I could have finished in one hour start to finish.
The jeep bumper kit from jcroffroad comes with cut pieces so that you can choose between long wing or stubby wing. Since I suck at driving out of my garage, I chose the stubby kit.
The mig welder I used for this project is a Thermal Arc Fabricator 252i.
19.5 volts 200 inches per minute of wire speed using .035" er70s6 wire
inductance set high...to 95.