Originally Posted by bakken
hallie, you may want to weld a reinforcing plate over the welds where the main frame meets the bumper and you added cross piece, as that will be the first place stress cracks begin.
Also, where your angle braces go down to the bottom of the bumper, it looks like you have just butt-welded them to the bumper. It would be a good idea to add some support there as well.
I have been welding and building steel structures my whole life, so my suggestions are only meant to add to your satisfaction with your project.
No criticism intended.
Thanks for the advice. The 2x2 angle that sits directly in front of the bumper is butt welded to the frame. I cut it so it meets up with the vertical and horizontal parts of frame I beam. I thought about the plate tying all that together, just didn't do it, but would be easy to go back and fix.
I take no criticism, although there is room for some as I am just a hobby welder and slowly getting better at it. Got a pretty good sunburn (weld burn) doing that bumper (won't do that again)