Alright, I don't have a computer at home so I've been waiting to get back to to work today to do a full write up of this build. The bumper is yet to be installed on the truck, but it's complete.
My review on the bumper:
My initial thoughts of this bumper were slightly different than once I received it. I'm by no means disappointed, but I feel it should be noted by MOVE that if you don't have a ton of experience with welding and fabricating, that you might pay to have someone else build it. I wound up doing the entire thing by myself without my co-worker, and although my craftsmanship isn't top notch, I believe for my first true full bumper build it turned out better than I would have expected for myself to do. The problems I faced were it just didn't....fit. The wings didn't line up with the center section, it took a lot of pressure, bending, and tack welding to get it somewhat straight. I was concerned about it twisting while I was building it, but luckily it is thick enough steel that it still held true to it's shape. If it didn't line up right, then it had some heavy gaps, sometimes up to an inch thick at the ends. So it was a pick your poison deal, either fill the gaps, or tack weld it and bend the crap out of it to fit together. I filled the gaps.
Would I recommend the bumper? YES
For the price and ease you can't beat it. I'm extremely happy with the final outcome which I will update here in a second, along with a final outcome of the installation. Does it take some engineering? Yes, but that's the beauty of a DIY bumper, if you don't like how it looks, then change it.
For the Sport model trucks, my recommendation is to just order in a non-sport grille. I thought it would be a simple modification, and although the modification to get it work was indeed simple, it doesn't "fit" right. I hope with the bumper painted red to match it hides it a little more, but in the photos below it looks like the truck has an underbite like a bull dog. I followed my own diagram posted on the page before about trimming the bumper, and I can easily access the hood through the gap I made, but fitment wise it isn't 100%.
On a side note that will apply to everybody here, IMO pick your option, don't combine. 20" light bar opening, or winch. I fought for an hour trying to fit the light bar tabs on with the winch and I finally gave up. The winch comes up to high to allow the tabs to be welded where they need to allow the light bar to be centered inside the hole. I wound up scrapping the tabs and have decided to drill two holes in the bumper and mounting the light bar via black bolts on the outside face of it. Might not be the cleanest look, but it was better than having a massive gap at the bottom of the opening.
For those who have asked about dimensions, I haven't taken any yet. Sorry. However, easier for you to imagine, go outside and look at your frame. The bumper sits flush with the bottom of your frame horns. Measuring on my stock bumper that's in the back of my truck, I gained 3" of clearance in the center section, and as a rough estimate with the way the bumper tucks up on the wings I'd say closer to 5-6" in front of the tires. The bumper DOES not hang out any further than the front fenders, in fact it lines up perfectly with them. I'll get some numbers tonight if anyone still wants them though.
Enough talk. PHOTO'S!
First endcap welded on.
All the Goodies!
Truck Up For Bumper Removal
Inner Wheel Housings Trimmed For Clearance
Mock up to make sure it's straight, square, and flush!
End of Saturday