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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

westylife wrote:
This is awesome! I wish I saw this before I bought the GW bumper set. They want another $350.00 for their swing away that attaches to their bumper.

As far as securing the swing away to the bumper: How about using a high tension quick release pin? People in the military will recognize these with the "Remove before flight" streamer attached to them Smile
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Great Job! Looks fantastic!

Westylife.


Just remember to keep them lubricated!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Bumper, Hitch & Tire/Fuel swing away build Reply with quote

Great job SSWesty. How's it working out?
I'm planning on merging some of your design for a swing out bike rack.
How much would you say the whole bumper and one swing arm would weight? any idea?
Thanks again.....
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Bumper, Hitch & Tire/Fuel swing away build Reply with quote

I would like a swing out bike rack that supports two mountain bikes. I'm using part of this design in this post for my new swing away-bike rack, which will be mounted to a new rear bumper as well.
I'm on the drawing board now. I'm thinking of using my existing steel mounts to beef up the bumper to support the swing arm for bikes, similar to what SSWESTY has going on.
One issue is the end of the mounts I have are not plumb vertically. So my idea is to weld on some angle iron, kinda like this....
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Not sure if this is a good idea or not yet. My other option would be to not use them at all and build an all new mounting bracket similar to bracket in above pics.
Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Bumper, Hitch & Tire/Fuel swing away build Reply with quote

I'm trying to figure out how to build my own swing away tire carrier like this that still uses the stock fibreglass rear bumper
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:30 am    Post subject: Re: Bumper, Hitch & Tire/Fuel swing away build Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
I'm trying to figure out how to build my own swing away tire carrier like this that still uses the stock fibreglass rear bumper


Yes, me too. Its a drag that these bumper mounts are not true vertical as I would like to have a vertical face on the new bumper.
Also, if you look at this guys thread pics, I dont know how he reinforced the inside-end of the bumper where the swing-arm mount goes. I would think you'd need extra support there.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:00 am    Post subject: Re: Bumper, Hitch & Tire/Fuel swing away build Reply with quote

Oh boy it's been about 5 years since I've touched this thread and missed a couple questions.

Weight - I don't have an exact weight but it's probably around 50 pounds.
Corner bracing - Where the swing-outs attach it caused the bumper to twist a little when the swing-outs where open. I added a gusset during the build on the back side of the bumper that ties into the end cap and that firmed it up.
Pivot points - Even though this is just metal on metal with no bushings or bearings they work fine. I don't really see that much wear if any on the swing-outs. They probably only get opened about 30 times a year if that.
One bump test - I backed into a tree one night in the middle of no where and hit the corner. Didn't even scuff the rattle can paint but did collect a small bark sample on the bumper. Thankfully that has been it in terms of impact.
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