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Just received steel front bumper and rear wrap around (with tire carrier) from Coastal Offroad. Looking for any suggestions for a steel fabrication shop willing to do the work. I'm in Seattle but willing to go to any one from Olympia to Bellingham for good service and quality. I have all the parts and ready to roll.

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Maybe try a local facebook group? You might be better off getting a welding shop do it as opposed to a dedicated 4x4 shop which in my experience tend to want to over charge for these welding jobs.
 

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Maybe try a local facebook group? You might be better off getting a welding shop do it as opposed to a dedicated 4x4 shop which in my experience tend to want to over charge for these welding jobs.
Good suggestion, but I'm not on the Facebook, which is why I posted here. I agree though with the 4x4 shop not being the way to go.
 

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If I were to buy a Coastal bumper kit (and I'm tempted!) I would absolutely try to weld it myself. I'm a novice welder but to me that is the draw of the Coastal bumper. Have you thought about welding it up yourself?
 

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Good suggestion, but I'm not on the Facebook, which is why I posted here. I agree though with the 4x4 shop not being the way to go.
I'm in the same boat, but maybe try Nextdoor? Kind of like a neighborhood facebook type social media but you don't have to keep posting.

If I were to buy a Coastal bumper kit (and I'm tempted!) I would absolutely try to weld it myself. I'm a novice welder but to me that is the draw of the Coastal bumper. Have you thought about welding it up yourself?
Same here, I'm sure you can't mess it up too bad if you have a decent welder.
 

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Same here, I'm sure you can't mess it up too bad if you have a decent welder.
There is a reason why real welders charge so much... You could literally f**k up every aspect of it. Welding up your rear bumper is absolutely NOT the place to start you welding practice.

FWIW.... I've been welding for 20 years.
 

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There is a reason why real welders charge so much... You could literally f**k up every aspect of it. Welding up your rear bumper is absolutely NOT the place to start you welding practice.

FWIW.... I've been welding for 20 years.
Depends on how you define a real welder I suppose.

FWIW, I've been welding for over 15 years. ;)
 

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I understand what IM1RU is sharing.

I dont get an opportunity to purchase a custom bumper every day, and I want it to look as good as possible.

I can overlook my sloppy work on an old utility trailer, but I want my personal ride to look a bit better.
 

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In that case (and I absolutely understand that reasoning) buy something pre-built by the pros as opposed to buying a kit and finding someone to take the care to jig it and weld it correctly. Coastal's thing is "This is a high clearance DIY weld-together ... ", right?
 

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In that case (and I absolutely understand that reasoning) buy something pre-built by the pros as opposed to buying a kit and finding someone to take the care to jig it and weld it correctly. Coastal's thing is "This is a high clearance DIY weld-together ... ", right?
Thank you, I assumed my comment was understood as someone with a basic welding skill set.


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Just received steel front bumper and rear wrap around (with tire carrier) from Coastal Offroad. Looking for any suggestions for a steel fabrication shop willing to do the work. I'm in Seattle but willing to go to any one from Olympia to Bellingham for good service and quality. I have all the parts and ready to roll.

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I suggest looking in Craigslist under "Services" and search for "Welding". In my opinion, going to a 4x4 shop will negate the savings you got from purchasing the DIY bumper coz they will be charging an arm and a leg. I helped my brother-in-law weld up his Coastal Off-Road front bumper for his 06 Nissan Xterra and it took us one weekend, with lots of beer breaks in between.
 

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If I were to buy a Coastal bumper kit (and I'm tempted!) I would absolutely try to weld it myself. I'm a novice welder but to me that is the draw of the Coastal bumper. Have you thought about welding it up yourself?
I have the Hardcore Offroad rear DIY kit. I welded long ago for work and then went a different path and am relearning everything. It's not hard to do but difficult to do just right. I plan on adding a tire/jerry can carrier to the bumper and don't want it to look like crap or be unreliable. My welds are getting better with every practice run and I'm not in a rush to get it done so it might be summer-ish when I actually start working on the bumper itself. Until then, it'll be practice and maybe an attempt to make a simple roof rack. All that to say if you think you'd like to try it yourself, do it. It's a skill that not many people can do well and I think really justifies the cost of welding. We're paying them for their well earned abilities and knowledge. But it's fun.
 

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Got mine welded up by a local fabricated for 500$. I will say watch your power steering cooler lines. Mine got rubbed through by the bumper after a few months.

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Got mine welded up by a local fabricated for 500$. I will say watch your power steering cooler lines. Mine got rubbed through by the bumper after a few months.

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Wow, didn't know it would be that much for a weld job. With the total price of bumper and shop welding, wouldn't it be the same as to buy a fully welded bumper in the first place?
 

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That guy looks like someone I would call. Spanaway, 35mi from Seattle.
I like what he says and how he says it.

His welds look "expensive" but some people just take pride in their work.

"Do you do MIG welding? I need pre-fabricated steel bumper parts to be welded together. It's about 50 welds from 1 inch to 10 inches in length on 3/16 to 1/4 inch hot rolled steel plating. Can you do it for about XYZ. Here are the pictures."

I don't know the exact specs and weld count, but if you do...

I don't know if it's actually hot rolled, if you do, say it, if it's carbon steel say it, if you don't know, just say it's not stainless. Different steel/aluminum needs a different welder device, and for stainless for example some people specialize and only do stainless, so a typical welder might ask if it is stainless because they can't do it. These bumpers are not stainless. Ask the manufacturer or read their instructions about what steel it is.

Who is putting it on? You might need the welder to put it on too, which you could delay telling him and just show up afterwards with front and back bumpers missing... see what he says then. The one man shop guy like above would do it, if you make it easier by removing the bumpers beforehand. Welders have makeshift holders and stands to make the attachment a one man job.

19mm and 17mm sockets and breakers for the back (or impact wrench), spare tire needs to go off first, and be very careful putting the bolts back in, if ever needed, do it by hand as much as possible (you can strip them when not perfectly aligned. You can never strip them hand tightening). Have someone with impact wrench take it off. It takes seconds if it's on a lift and dirt is not flying in your face. If you go to a mechanic for something anyway, them taking the rear bumper off takes a few minutes. Just 2-4 bolts per side, and tow electrical connection, license plate light harness.
 

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Wow, didn't know it would be that much for a weld job. With the total price of bumper and shop welding, wouldn't it be the same as to buy a fully welded bumper in the first place?
I'm based in Canada and didn't need to have it shipped so all in was 1200CAD. Getting one shipped from the US would have been north of 2k$ for me


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