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Old 01-20-2023, 09:02 AM   #51
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I'm certainly no structural engineer - but please keep in mind - torque - torque - torque on the metal joints, weld points, etc. Nothing like fractured/busted weld joints on a bike rack or fuel "caddy" when bouncing around on the back roads !
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Old 01-23-2023, 11:23 AM   #52
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Following along, this is awesome! I've been looking around for a fabricator who can build exactly this style bumper. Similar to the "high clearance bumpers" that a lot of Toyotas use. I would need it adapted for the EB and I want to make sure that side part is strong enough to act as a rock slider. What software are you using?
Yeah, Toyota High clearance bumpers were a Big inspiration for this design. Still in the process of working through drawings and analysis of how best to build something that isn't ungodly heavy, but will look and work the way I want. This was all done in an architectural program called Revit, which is 100% the wrong program to use. It's what I am most used to so that's where I started but I am now working on redesigning it in Fusion 360 so I can have better analysis tools and better integration with things like CNC machines. Also for rendered views/animations, I exported my model to Twinmotion as it gives better visual control of the elements.

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I'm certainly no structural engineer - but please keep in mind - torque - torque - torque on the metal joints, weld points, etc. Nothing like fractured/busted weld joints on a bike rack or fuel "caddy" when bouncing around on the back roads !
Yeah, there are a lot of forces at work that will need to be taken into account for this kind of design. Still working through the best way to do the swingouts and will most likely try to do some stress analysis in the model before any final decisions for the bumper. What I know for sure is it going to need to be tied into the frame in a few spots rather than the typical 2 bumper mounting points to ensure enough rigidity.
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I have solidworks if you need any help with anything, let me know...also where did you get the van CAD from...is there one for the extended model?
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WillTheThri11: Will do! I couldn't find a good CAD file when I started on my interior design so I actually used the Ford Body Builder book to build a rough file from scratch. Over the last few years, I have tweaked that file to be better for me, but it is still fairly rough. It looks decent, but is not 100% accurate.
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