Jeep YJ Rear Bumper Build

As with the front bumper, I wanted something beefy and simple. I am reusing photos from the Jeep YJ Front Bumper Build post as these steps were the same and I did the builds at the same time.

The Jeep came to me with no rear bumper. Unacceptable. So I set out to build my own.

Rear view of the Jeep with no bumper and a ball hitch.
Rear view of the Jeep with no bumper and a ball hitch.

The only good thing about this setup is that I had a clean slate to work with.

I started by cutting the main shape out of square tubing and then capping the ends.

 

Tack on the end covers. Skipping from side to side so that I don't overheat the metal.
Tack on the end covers. Skipping from side to side so that I don’t overheat the metal.

I find it better to tack the welds first all the way around to keep the steel from warping.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5236A 2″ receiver was created by, you guessed it, 2″ square tubing welded into through the entire bumper. This provides the best strength.

 

IMG_5239Here is the basic shape of the bumper with the ends capped and the 2″ receiver welded in.

 

 

 

IMG_5399Mounting brackets were made with the same 2″ steel tubing attaching the bumper to a piece of 1/4″ plate. This plate would be bolted to the Jeep in the stock frame holes.

 

IMG_5395My trusty keg was once again used to aid in the fitting.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5400The bumper is bolted on to check for fitment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5419Here is the side view of the bumper showing the mounts. Notice the addition of a strap at the bottom. This gives it even more strength and again lines up with the stock holes in the bottom of the Jeep’s frame.

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IMG_5417A little grinding, primer, and painting and the bumper is ready to install.

Notice that I wrapped a piece of 1/2″x1/4″ steel strap around the receiver opening. This will keep it from ever tearing open.

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IMG_5433Hmmm… Something’s missing.

 

Ahhh, D-Ring attachment points!

 

 

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Grind the paint off, weld them on, repaint.

 

 

 

IMG_5491Grinding, welding…

More grinding, more welding.

 

 

 

IMG_5495Almost there…

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5573After touching up the paint the D-Rings look very nice.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5539And finally the drop down hitch.

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