Odd ducks we might be, but for what may seem a strange reason, we started Part 1 of our Second-Gen Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Move Bumper install with the rear bumper. And we did this for good reason. We figured we'd do the rear first so we could learn from the build and end up with a rear bumper that maybe wasn't perfect, but was close, and could apply everything we learned from the build of the rear bumper to the build of the front bumper. As stated here, in our Move Bumper Part 1, Move Bumpers, out of Lewistown, Montana, makes DIY builder bumper kits for most popular trucks and 4x4s. These kits give you what's needed to get a darn good start on a custom bumper for your rig.
Why Move Bumpers?
Our 1998 Dodge 2500 4x4 has been around the block a few times, and the factory bumpers— both front and rear—have seen better days, and unfortunately this gives the truck a bit of a dreary appearance. It mostly serves as a tow rig, but it occasionally gets used in the dirt. For that reason, we reached out to Move to test out their products and get a better feel for how a DIY bumper kit, like theirs, could work for us. In the end we hope to answer a few questions. Did the parts fit well? Is the kit easy to assemble? Is it strong enough to really use off-road? Well now we've built both front and rear bumpers and are impressed with the assembly and fitment. As for the strength, right out of the gate Move recommends a professional fabricator build the bumper, and it's a good idea to add parts to strengthen to the kit in certain areas if you plan on really using the bumper off-road. The fact is the kit will be as strong as the welds—quality welds matter—and Move wants someone who is familiar with the loads that the bumper will see to design additional structural parts to strengthen the bumper. We're up to the task, and here is how we built our front Move Bumper and added beef for some off-road use.
We then pulled the bumper added the winch mount and started finish welding the bumper from the inside.
We also added some 13/4-inch .120 wall DOM tubing to help strengthen the winch mount and the top of the bumper. We also added some more tabs to the bottom edge of the bumper so it could be tied into the frame via at least four more factory mounting points.