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Old 04-07-2015, 12:20 PM   #11
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I would not mount anything to the bumper. I had a bumper come off (broke welds) on I 95 many years ago. I drug one side of it until a passing car got my attention. I broke the other side off and put it in the truck. The bumper is thin metal and the frame is thicker metal. That leads to welds that don't burn through the thinner metal but they don't penetrate the thicker metal all that well. It's the nature of welding thin metal to thick metal. It would be stronger if it were bolted on IMHO.

I think brackets bolted on would be better than nothing. But welding something made from same thickness to the frame with good penetration welds would be best.

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Old 04-07-2015, 03:02 PM   #12
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I had a friend weld some plates from the frame to the bumper to reinforce it. Worked out great and we towed with our bikes from Texas to Maine and back with zero problems.

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