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Old 08-09-2014, 07:45 AM
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Heavy Front bumper concerned about front end

Hello fellow ford owners I wanted to share that I added a new custom made front bumper with winch to my F-350 4X4 crew cab 7.3. I'm now concerned about my front end because of the weight. I see bumpers like mine all the time on heavy trucks. What do I do or can I do to help make sure the front end doesnt start having problems? I think I have room for more leafs but I wasn't sure what else I needed to do. all thoughts appreciated !!
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Hello fellow ford owners I wanted to share that I added a new custom made front bumper with winch to my F-350 4X4 crew cab 7.3. I'm now concerned about my front end because of the weight. I see bumpers like mine all the time on heavy trucks. What do I do or can I do to help make sure the front end doesnt start having problems? I think I have room for more leafs but I wasn't sure what else I needed to do. all thoughts appreciated !!
Well, your 350 won't have alignment issues like a 250 would with the extra weight, so that's good.

And other than wanting to raise your ride height back up, I don't see a need to do anything. With all the snowplows people put on our trucks, your bumper is probably not half that weight.

Finally - got any pics? ;-) I'll be hopefully finishing my DIY winch bumper/brush guard someday and am always looking for ideas!
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:41 AM
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yes you want me to post on here or send them to you?
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I've got a 1/4 plate bumper on mine. Been there for 2 years and so far so good. Not something I'd really worry about.
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It's already got 1k pound engine sitting on it.
I do think another 200 pounds would hurt that much
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Can't be any worse than this guy! LOL!!

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Ha! Nice! I guess he could only make 90 degree cuts when fabbing it up!
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Can't be any worse than this guy! LOL!!

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WOW. I have never seen a front end of a truck with a 2' catwalk around it!!!
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Heres my bumper we put on
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Heres the bumper we put on
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Looks good man!! Any idea on weight?

Ive had mine for prolly 5 years now and Im around 200lbs if i were to guess. I do have the F250 but got rid of the TTB and have zero problems/worries
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Pic of the one I built. With a m15000 warn winch and bumper total weight is 448 lbs. I did drop in an add a leaf in the front end to get me back to original ride height. Still rides nicer than the stock bumper and springs by a long shot. Hope to do an RSK here soon in the future.
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