What tools and experience do I need to build my DIY Bumper?

  • A professional welder should be able to tack a basic bumper/grill guard in 4 hours or less.
  • Assess your own ability and choose accordingly.  Pre-runners are much simpler than grill guards.  A professional fabricator, on his first bumper, should be able to build a complete bumper/grill guard in a day.  Repetition equates to efficiency.
  • The most complex bumper can be built with basic welding tools, like:
    • Mig welder capable of welding 1/4" plate.
    • 4-1/2" angle grinder with grinding wheels, cutting wheels, and buffing wheels.
    • Chop saw is convenient but not required.
    • Welding blanket or some means of protection for the truck.
    • The truck along with the bumper will act as the jig for a single project, professionals that make a living building these bumpers build jigs.

Please note: Cut, miter or coping is required for the tube portion of 1.5 & 2.5 prerunners as well as our full grill bumper kits.

Caution:  If you're not sure of the welding and tools mentioned here, it would be best for you to hire a professional to build your kit for you.

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