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PostSubject: brush guard   Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:48 pm

How many of you have built some sort of brush guard for the front of your ride. I am looking for ideas.

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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:42 pm

We built push bumpers front and back with a rollover hoop on the front to protect the engine/hood/lights. The bumpers were made from galvanized conduit that Stretch had lying around. We bent the hoops using a hydraulic conduit bender. Bumpers were assembled and attached using a MIG welder. They were pressed into service a few times at Haspin this past summer.

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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:45 am

I need to make one for my tractor yet. Got some of the metal picked out. Still wondering what would look good.
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:20 pm

I used an old pair of bmx handlebars and some angle iron, there's a pic of it in my build thread.
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PostSubject: Same here...   Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:14 pm

Inverted BMX handle bars are decent..I typically use what ever metal tubing I can find at the local dump site..
As for design I try and keep a spot centered and high, not necessarily for roll over but as a handle to give a good pull on..

I mostly look at atv and utv premades and copy to fit..

Cool idea on that roll over bar type..
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:36 pm

As you mentioned, it gives a good grab bar to lift the front out of the mud or whatever. Our rear bumpers are also set a bit higher so that the roll bar hits the rear bumper when we are pushing someone back to camp.

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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:59 pm

Finally got around to building me a brush guard. Did I get a bit carried away. I still have some other ideas to add to it.





And yes there is a winch hiding behind there.
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:23 pm

No way. That is perfect. You can rest assured, with that thing on, your engine will be safe in a roll over. Now you need to build something like that for the drivers seat.
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:07 am

That's freaking funny.... No problems hitting anything with that!
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:26 am

I think we need to add one of those to Chris's tractor LOL!

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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:13 pm

Wow thats beefy looking!! Do you have any pics with the hood on?
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:43 pm

Don't have a hood. I am going to put some sheet aluminum on the top tubes covering the motor some what. Thanks guys I'm still working on it. I am in the process of makeing some nerf bars also. Who knows how crazy this could get.
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:05 pm

I managed to get some more work done today. All the angles were pain to get figured out. I am thinking about ditching the running boards and welding on some of the same metal I used for the front.





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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:54 pm

I wouldn't. That looks great. Nice job.
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PostSubject: Im diggin it   Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:28 pm

I like those side pipes.. And the front cage! Looks tough! pirat

What kind of precaution you doing for that Galvie Question Ive been thinking of using it alot more since it is so cheap to buy. I usually just run a llight fan (if inside) or weld outside and hold my breath silent I can get 3/4 inch stick of 8ft for 2$ which I will be using for a gear rack on the back of my trail boss..
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:04 pm

Thanks guys. I really haven't done any thing about the galvanize yet. So far things are just tacked together. I usually just weld it but I think I might grind it first. I'm going to paint it any way. So far I only have one side done, I am hoping to get the done tomorrow along with finishing the electric start.
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PostSubject: Issues with galvie   Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:15 pm

I had noticed on the photo that white dust, which is from welding galvie..Well, I was making sure you are making some effort not to breath in the smoke from gavanized steel being vaporized (produces Zinc Oxide) which when inhaled in the nose and disolves into the blood in high concentrations "can" make you feel sick with several symtoms..all dependant on how much is involved...Wont kill you, but you wont feel good..

I just wanted to see if you had any special technique to avoid inhalation...I been thinking of making a breathing apparatise but I have yet to get sick, and I rarely weld it..but I plan on it in the future..
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:50 am

Just make sure your outside, and have a good breeze. If no breeze, use a fan. If I was around a good amount of smoke, I'd hold my breath until I completed the weld, which was pretty short.
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:29 am

one trick about welding galvanized is that as long as your outside or have some form of breeze you'll be okay. holding your breath may be a bit overkill on it though lol im a certified welder and have had plenty of galvanized to weld on.. the main thing to worry about is when your welding on it just keep your head out of the smoke cloud coming off the steel and you'll be okay. and if you ever do get sick or feel like you arent feeling right and have welded on galvanized drink lots of milk. somethin about it will help stop thechemical that is inhaled i guess lol
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PostSubject: Just making sure..   Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:37 am

I have never felt the effects..dont want to..I have heard of the milk..I have also heard to drink it prior to is good too..

just as a reminder, a slight breeze can also blow away your gas shield...so remember that as well..
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PostSubject: Re: brush guard   Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:25 pm

a slight breeze can blow away your shielding gas but if u are using flux core then you will be ok but i dont know what all of us are runnin lol i run flux cored because most of my welding is done outside anyways
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