If you have a Ford Ranger, you will probably be looking for a cool and aggressive looking Ford Ranger Prerunner Bumpers. One way to get your vehicle looking just the way you imagined is to build your own bumper, and here you can find out everything you need to get started.
Remember that a project of this type will take at least two days, as you won’t want to rush it and risk doing a substandard job. Even creating a simple bumper for Ford Ranger Prerunners can take a while, so don’t underestimate your downtime.
First, you will need to prep your framerails by removing all of the brackets, whether they are welded or bolted on. Then remove any paint, slag or rust from the areas that you are planning on welding as this will give you a clean starting point.
You will need some basic tools to complete this project. Firstly, and most importantly, you will require a grinder, and you will also need a chop saw and a tube bender. Although it is possible to notch your tubes with a chop saw or a grinder, this can prove difficult, so you may also prefer to have a tube bender to hand too.
There are several different steel plate materials you can consider for your project, whether you prefer 4130 chromoly or 1018 hot-rolled steel. Cold-rolled 0.120″ plate is one of the best choices for a project of this type however. Remember that any material that is thicker than your framerails will not add any strength and will actually become unnecessary weight. If your truck is designed for off-road use, a 1018 seamed tube will be perfectly adequate, There are a range of different tube sizes to select from, however the most common for off-road motorsports including 1″, 1.5″, 1.75″ and 2″. A larger size is best for the main structures, and this can be paired with a smaller tube for a complementary appearance, although a 1.75″ tube is probably the best starting point for a mid-size truck.