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Old 10-29-2021, 02:05 PM #121
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I'd love to see the complete UB3R in the flesh. I'd totally want one, seems like super high clearance and retaining an OEM look at the same time. Also, it seems a lot lighter than my 100+lb bumper. Can't wait to see pictures and pricing!
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holy moly - I was just telling Caleb at HMF that I was jealous that he was going - did you guys see each other?
I don't think I've met Caleb. F1/COTA was incredible.... I'll be at Montreal if there's a race next season.

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Not to be left out, I'll add that I saw Senna, Prost, Mansell, and the rest race on the city-street course in Phoenix in 1991. Montreal in '99. There's nothing like F1 even though I grew up on Can-Am at Laguna Seca seeing 917s, etc.
Wow, the legends! That's super rad. Jelly of your time at Laguna Seca too - when I build a racing sim, I'm sure I'll log a ton of time there too ;)

Wonder if they will get another West Coast track on the calendar soon.

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I'd love to see the complete UB3R in the flesh. I'd totally want one, seems like super high clearance and retaining an OEM look at the same time. Also, it seems a lot lighter than my 100+lb bumper. Can't wait to see pictures and pricing!
Thanks for your interest!

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Working with the prototype. Lots of changes and updates to be made, but I am actually enjoying this part of the revision process. Some photos for proof:

Winch (ComeUp 9500 RSI) in place with the basic crossmember and winch cradle (Ignore my hanging winch solenoid)

IMG_5926.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr

- I will highlight above ^^^ tons of clearance for winch servicing. You can slide your hand in/out of the crossmember to EASILY access the winch bolts that hold it in place. (can't say thats true with many bumpers on the market)
- Also notice the square for the front hitch: thanks for that feedback everyone!

Clearance behind the winch (can't push it back anymore)

IMG_5930.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr

Approach angle will still turn out to be pretty decent!

IMG_5931.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr

OEM Upper Bumper in place, a couple notes:
- chrome bumper is at a non-BL position in the photo; it needs to move up for my 1" bodylift
- recovery hooks/uprights still not in place

IMG_5936.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr
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Yeah! Cool to see the progress
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I like it. Do you have a side view with the factory bumper in place?
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Looking incredible so far! The best of all worlds. OEM appearance, light weight + high clearance + winch accessibility.

I know it'll look even more amazing when fully tidied up too!
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Yeah! Cool to see the progress
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I like it. Do you have a side view with the factory bumper in place?
Thanks Keith. Still excited to see what you have in the works as well. No side view yet... we actually need to shorten the mounts to pull the factory bumper backwards. As of now, we messed up somewhere, and it's sitting a little too far foreward. But I will get these upon revision.

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Looking incredible so far! The best of all worlds. OEM appearance, light weight + high clearance + winch accessibility.

I know it'll look even more amazing when fully tidied up too!
Thanks! Totally agree. Going to look WAY different once fully assembled. I might even change the corners a little to allow a space to mount the winch solenoid.
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I don't think I've met Caleb. F1/COTA was incredible.... I'll be at Montreal if there's a race next season.



Wow, the legends! That's super rad. Jelly of your time at Laguna Seca too - when I build a racing sim, I'm sure I'll log a ton of time there too ;)

Wonder if they will get another West Coast track on the calendar soon.



Thanks for your interest!

**UPDATE**

Working with the prototype. Lots of changes and updates to be made, but I am actually enjoying this part of the revision process. Some photos for proof:

Winch (ComeUp 9500 RSI) in place with the basic crossmember and winch cradle (Ignore my hanging winch solenoid)

IMG_5926.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr

- I will highlight above ^^^ tons of clearance for winch servicing. You can slide your hand in/out of the crossmember to EASILY access the winch bolts that hold it in place. (can't say thats true with many bumpers on the market)
- Also notice the square for the front hitch: thanks for that feedback everyone!

Clearance behind the winch (can't push it back anymore)

IMG_5930.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr

Approach angle will still turn out to be pretty decent!

IMG_5931.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr

OEM Upper Bumper in place, a couple notes:
- chrome bumper is at a non-BL position in the photo; it needs to move up for my 1" bodylift
- recovery hooks/uprights still not in place

IMG_5936.jpg by Tamarack, on Flickr

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Looks much better than I anticipated!

This may have been covered, but what are you looking at price-wise?
The main thing holding me back from buying a winch bumper are the ridiculous $1k+ prices.
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Looks much better than I anticipated!

This may have been covered, but what are you looking at price-wise?
The main thing holding me back from buying a winch bumper are the ridiculous $1k+ prices.
I don't recall seeing pricing but it might be a good time to issue some guidance while buyers are seeing BF 'sales' this month.

If I'm not mistaken, these are DIY as far as welding goes, so that needs to be factored in.
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Sorry for being slow moving. We have some family health stuff going on that has definitely not helped to expedite this. I appreciate everyone's patience as we slowly but surely move foreward.


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I don't recall seeing pricing but it might be a good time to issue some guidance while buyers are seeing BF 'sales' this month.

If I'm not mistaken, these are DIY as far as welding goes, so that needs to be factored in.
Yes this will be WIY and that does need to be considered for someones "overall cost". However we are definitely trying to make this thing go together with WAY less fab time than is typical with WIY bumpers. I'm betting (don't quote me on this! lol) once I get all these tweaks done, you'll be able to weld this thing together in a couple of hours.

No BF deals as this will not be on the market until next year.


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Looks much better than I anticipated!

This may have been covered, but what are you looking at price-wise?
The main thing holding me back from buying a winch bumper are the ridiculous $1k+ prices.
Thanks!

No pricing yet. We are just getting our raw materials cost down and still need to factor in a few things like bolts/hardware. But of course, with this being a prototype, I've already got a list of about 25 things that I'm working on changing right now to improve the next version - which will in turn change our costs. Things I'm working through:

- better plate fitment and the ability for the bumper to have some wiggle room knowing that each truck will be slightly different
- more "keying" so the WIY build process is as absolutely simple and intuitive as possible
- working on the aesthetics of those tapered corners: I'm not liking the "bulky" flat plate surface that extends over to the front factory bodymount location. I might even open this up significantly to allow the winch solenoid to be mounted there (or even a set of lights)
- reworking our factory bumper mounts: need to get the factory bumper closer to the body and allow for some adjustability. People should be able to set the gap between body and factory bumper
- Working on a few tweaks to help decrease production costs (re-working and moving some bends)

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Absolutely cannot wait for this. Looking great guys, keep up the good work!
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Just found this thread and wanted to chime in that Id be very interested. Something that is more robust than stock and improves clearance without adding a ton of weight sounds perfect. If possible, I also like the idea of adding an option for a receiver mount for a removable winch.
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Just found this thread and wanted to chime in that I’d be very interested. Something that is more robust than stock and improves clearance without adding a ton of weight sounds perfect. If possible, I also like the idea of adding an option for a receiver mount for a removable winch.
Awesome! Thanks for commenting here in the thread. Please see our next revision photos below.
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