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Turdle and Gmanpaint's Rock Slider Build Thread

Discussion in 'Offroad Fabrication - Bumpers, Sliders, Cages etc.' started by Turdle, May 22, 2009.

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    1. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      So, let's say your neighbor has this really cool machine--

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      And you have a pile of this laying around

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      Slider build time!!!!

      We're building 2 sets, one for myself, and one for Gmanpaint.

      So, here is the progress
      3/6"" 2x4 rails, with 3/16" x2" tubing Step-nerf bars so I can get my butt into the truck.

      Test fit --had to be sure the boat side angle and the door would get along with each other

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      Welding in the nerf support tubes

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      Tig torch

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      And here is were we are now-the fourth is still having it's bottom welded.

      We nocked off now for dinner

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      Joe said I can practice welding a bit on Gman's bars tomorrow.

      :p:
       
      Last edited: May 26, 2009
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    3. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Ummm, Practice? HUH?

      Why on mine? ..lol!!
       
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    5. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Because I certainly don't want to mess mine up silly-
       
    6. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Well, when you see perfection you just have to try to copy it--:D
       
    7. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I am amzed by the TIG welding process. I watched as Joe welded and think I can get the hang of it. If you know how to properly braize and solder I think you can do it. Here's some pictures

      This is just a quick tack weld

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      Here is the puddle, looking through the mask

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      And some more of what I watched--

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      So does this mean I can have your rocker guard deals now?:)
       
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      awww I need to get back to the explorer project one day
      stupid mustang taking all my attention
       
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      Wow, those look great and I love the TIG welder. I hope the real deal is easier to learn than a cheap Tig without a foot pedal.
       
    11. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Boy
      We've been working since about 2:00 pm stripping these down to bare metal, and dressing the welds. Gmanpaint smoothed the endcaps down on all 4 real nice.
      Ran into a little bracket issue, back at it tomorrow.
       
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      I think I got eye damage while looking at the tig weld pic. :confused:


      Sorry for this newbie statement but I assume this helps slide over rough terrain and prevents undercarriage damage, yes?
       
    13. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      You are correct. They will protect the rocker area.
       
    14. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Yeah, what I am really worried about is coming down on something and not being able to get out of the truck. Hopefully the pair will weigh less than 125 lbs
       
    15. Turdle

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      Ill take a set with brackets! You take pay pal?



      LOL NICE!!!! good work!!
       
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      Lookin good! Time to slap em on!
       
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      Up next winch bumper? :D
       
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      Looks good, and don't take pictures of welding, that isn't good for the camera either.
       
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      Welding doesnt produce as much infra red as the sun - so it doesnt really cause damage. The only danger in taking welding pics, if the camera is close enough to the torch, is spatter. But since this is TIG welding, spatter isnt a big deal.
       
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      Look sweet guys. Status? ON?
       
    22. Turdle

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      Gmanpaint's sliders are finished being built now, finally.

      Tomorrow they will get a good coat of winkle black.

      We have gone with a u bracket, so, no drilling required. This takes a while to mock up.
       
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      Should we paypal to Turdle Fab Works?

      They look great guys!
       
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      Turdle Works

      --kinda has a ring to it.

      Honestly, besides a lot of prep work ( flap discs are all that) , all I have done so far was drill the holes in the brackets, hold things--and speculate on building these as a bolt on kit. I wish I could take the credit for the fabrication.

      I do think it is a go though, as, we have the issues worked out. Varying degrees of body lift will be the only hangup
       
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      They look good! Now only if I could get my hands on a set of those.....
       
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      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Hmm,
      I think Matt would like your running boards--wanna trade?
       

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