Building customs bumpers can be a daunting task if you want something that fits nice, looks like it belongs, and is built tough enough to be useful. If you just want to cut a piece of pipe and weld it onto the back of your truck, knock yourself out. Be that guy. But if you do that up front you’ll end up with something that looks pretty janky and out of place. Instead, some CAD (Cardboard Aided Drafting), can really come in handy and make sure you end up with something super cool and durable, without breaking the bank. Have you seen the price of custom steel bumpers? Even if you get one from one of the companies that mass produces them, they are not cheap.
In this video, Austin builds a really cool bumper for his Toyota truck, but the method works on whatever truck you have. This is a nice piece that has custom touches that work for Austin, but you can add whatever you want to yours as well. This isn’t the gnarliest bumper I’ve ever seen, but it is pretty nice and would be at home on any off-road style rig.
Besides showing you how he designed and fabricated this one, he also shows how to make it stay straight and keep the fit even after welding.