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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. Brian1

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      Looks good! You guys have way more patience than I do using the TIG. I only use mine for the smallest of projects or precision work.

      For weight savings you could have used 2x2 legs to the frame and it would have still been plenty strong. I used 2x2x1/8 legs to tie mine to the frame
       
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    3. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      5 years ago I wouldn't have thought about doing something crazy like this. Thanks for the compliment, from you guys especially since in some strange way I can say you have had a lot to do with motivating me this direction. I am serious about that.

      However, I did nothing but drill some holes-clean and powder coat. Joe, is a pretty good welder. I think he could be a good teacher also.
       
    4. gmanpaint

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    5. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Well, I learned something today. If you don't want to drill through your frame, which I will not do, then, body lift sure does help this procedure. I had to do some major trimming and pounding just to make room for the bolts to go over the frame. Just finished up about an hour ago, the colder temps outside kept my little welder from tacking the brackets well, so he's coming tomorrow with a stick welder to tack them in my drive way, then take them home to properly weld together. We thought we had the pasenger side ready to go, and it all broke apart dangit.
      He's coming back tomorrow when he gets home from his job welding :rolleyes: to pick it up again, but they will be welded up tomorrow. I do believe the hurdle is behind us.
      I will have to pull an all nighter to get them coated, but I will-if that is what it takes. MMM squirt has an energy drink now.
       
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      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Sliders were tested out last weekend at SMORR. They worked just great. Saved me twice on the descent on high mtn. pass. I took a more aggressive line knowing I had the sliders on. You know what? They really are functional, and look great at the same time! On one steep angled turn, some of the guys stood on them as a counter weight, while I made my way to flatter land.
      Thanks Jon, thanks Joe!
       
    7. Turdle

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      Maybe the nylon skids for the torsion brackets is in order. :)

      I am getting a hunk of nylon locally. Going to use it on my shock mounts, transfer case skid and front cross member. If I have enough for the sliders I will use it on them.

      Update: I got the steel skid plates for the shock mounts, no nylon for those!
       
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      Jon have you decided on the front suspension yet, whether to work with it or change something? You could do the front coil overs and take the torsion bars out. I don't know how those are doing off roading yet, it's still new.
       
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      after all that work you want nylon.. :X Actually nylon on the t brackets won't help.. They just stick down too far.. If they ran along the frame rail instead of under it, it would have been a better design but we're not ford.
       
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      You'd have another inch or more clearance, if you took the tupperware off before mounting the sliders. They looks great though.
       
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      Subscibing for ring side seats:popcorn:
       
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      Whoa!
      I thought we were all past this stuff.

      Anyway-Froader, yes I did remove my plastic and even pounded up the body seam under there. My touch foam must have been a bad batch, it was still expanding after days, so some of the holes look bad. I herc'd a portion also, then painted over all of the lower silver

      here is the side views--forgive the dirt

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      and the real issue can be seen clearly in this view-look at those silly ol brackets--just begging to be plucked off

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      Take them off, the bars make excellent pry bars or spare tool material.
       
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      Did I just hear "coil over"?

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      Yeah-pushing down on a d44 or something along that lines.
       
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      I think you need to add about 16 to that to not be breaking parts all of the time.:D
       
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      Just beat said torsion bar mounts until they rip then go solid :D
       
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      We were both all stressed out and I am all good--I hope you are also.
      Please guys, take the popcorn to a different channel ok? We have work to do here, let's keep the priority's in line. :D

      d 60 or d 44 debate is raging in my head--and the coilover ifs still wants to butt it's way in there. These are matters for another thread, which I will start when I am ready for the truck to be down for a while.

      I mean, why not, it always is anyway. :rolleyes:
       
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      I would coil over the IFS...just my opinion. Have you actually ever hit the brackets on anything? I have never once hit them on anything or hung them up on anything and ive taken my truck though some crazy stuff.
       
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      Not JT but Blee1099 snapped one torsion bar on a rock a few years back.

      But for the cost, I would skip the coil over and just go solid axle. Even if it was a Dana30 swap, that I think would be more bang for the buck than a coil over conversion with the stock A-arms.
       
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      Yes,
      I got into a spot where the front was making a big circle and coming down on the bracket. It was fun, and just a matter of time before we were a low rider again. And, I chipped the powdercoat, I mean WTF?
       
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      So now we've finally come to the real root of the problem, his pretty powdercoat got chipped:D
       
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      I see....I guess yours hang down a little further than mine because of the superlift kit too. Am I right or am I wrong? Im trying to picture it in my head....They hang down 4" lower than the factory ones but at the same time your under body is about 2" higher than mine....hmmmm IDK ive confused myself.
       
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      ok i finished the popcorn....:D

      so when the mass production gonna start?
       

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