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looking for brushguard design

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#1 rallyruss


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Posted 12 September 2003 - 11:27 AM

has any one purchased or built any type of brush guard/bumper?
I will be attempting to fabricate one soon. just curious if any one has any helpfull input as to design ideas good or bad.

#2 archemitis


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Posted 12 September 2003 - 01:40 PM

never seen a subaru one up close. but the best ones i have seen incorporate the skid plate into the bumper. with large round tubing.

#3 electryc_monk


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Posted 12 September 2003 - 05:20 PM

well a few years ago I made up a Blue-line for a "tube front" design... i know i have the drawing still, but alas it is up at the 'Rents in Michigan.

I basicaly scaled the typical *Truck* scary bumper down to a mild yet, ergonomic design.

First visualize the original bumper has been removed and gutted.
The outter skin and the metal skeleton are seperated (unscrewed) from each other.

then tmplate the physical size and bolt position of the tubes that attach to the frame of the car.

Now use some steel tube (square or round your choice) and do a single 1.5 or 2 inch front piece and then the two studs that 90 degree and attach to the frame.

Next you have that centered "A" style loop that is reminicent to the EA81 pushbar or Scorpions 'Roo bars in Aussieland. It is at approx. 30-45 degree angle parallel to the ground off the one front tube.

Now with that attached the original bumper skin is cut to fit around that big squared doughnut that sticks out in the middle and then down for the skid plate.
the inside (radiator side) of the main tube has the rail of threaded holes attached to it from the old bumper(both the top and bottom) allowing the stock skin to be re attached with the stock screws...

Then this "stock looking" bumper is re attached to the stock four frame bolt holes in the Frame.

The obvious is that the turnsignals attachment points would also need to be affixed to the underside I almost forgot to mention this little mod, sorry.

est. weight of this design i made up with 1.5 inch pipe was under 100 lbs. but i can't for the life of me remember the closer amount.... any bets as i can't offer a batter quantity.

hope the description is decypherable to "see".



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Posted 12 September 2003 - 07:34 PM

I have a bushman brushguard, it hooks to the bumper.
there are some pics of it on my page, the link for it is at the bottom of my posts

a guy makes steelydell brushguards, which looks like the stock brushguard.

there is a page around this site that has alot of pics of brushguards, but I can't find it right now.

#5 soobme


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Posted 12 September 2003 - 07:53 PM

U can go to my web site and check out the one I made for my EA82T wagon. It didn't turn out to bad;)

#6 shanonsf


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Posted 13 September 2003 - 02:18 AM

hey Russ,

I'll be passing thru San Jose tomorrow EARLY, then back Mon/Tues. I have/am mounting a Long A style (EA81) this weekend

Leave note hear if you like to hook up am on my way back.
I am RX 'n' my wagon this weekend........we should definitely hook up.
I may have some spare parts of interest ...... :brow:

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#7 Snowman


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Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:08 PM

Whoa!!! Soobme, that custom bumper you made is AWESOME!!!!

Could you give a more detailed explaination of its design and construction?

I want one!:slobber:

#8 reoff


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Posted 13 September 2003 - 05:38 PM

I have a SteelyDel guard for '85-'86 loyale series (i think it is the only one he ever made). Anyone that wants to is more than welcome to check out the design. I was almost thinking about selling it, but have since decided to modify the bumper on my '85 ('87+ style front bumper) and install it.

e-mail me if you want to see it or just have questions. reoff>@gmx.co.uk (remove the ">")

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#9 soobme


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Posted 15 September 2003 - 03:32 PM

Well, Snowman, the guard is all made with 1" x 1" x 3/16" tube that was cut on a 10" miter saw using a cut-off wheel. I used the angle of the headlights to mach the up rights to. then I used 1/8" expanded metal for the grills. The bumper is 4"x2"x3/16" tube cut in the center @ a 5* angle and noched to fit arownd the 2" recever and then welded into 1 pice. I used 4"x1/4" plate to cap the ends.

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