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making rock sliders. bend pinchweld or not bend it?

AlanGoering

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Ok, I took my running boards or whatever they are called off (metal steps with plastic over them.), that came stock on my 98 XLT. I have this burly around one inch tall pinch weld sticking down, and im thinking I should bend it flat so I can get my slider closer to the lines of the body under the door. Are there any things wrong with doing that? Its not a for looks thing, I go wheeling as often as I can, so that one inch of extra clearance is completely worth bending that thing down for. Any info would help me. Like opinons on what you would like to see in a slider on a 98. I think im going with the base of the slider rectangle and doing a tube that sticks up and out. Thanks



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jrgaylor

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That is what I did with mine :thumbsup:
 






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With a body-on-frame truck, like an Explorer, the rocker panel provides very little support for the body. So, bending that pinch weld back (or forward) or cutting it off and re-welding should have no effect (with the exception of giving your sliders 1" more ground clearance).
 






Jefe

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I bent my pinchweld up in the locations needed to clear the 2 mounts and I know that Rick bend the entire length of it up to clear his sliders.
 






AlanGoering

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Thanks for the info, all I need to do now is quit being so lazy and make them. The bad part is I have to clean the garage enough to be able to make them in there (bender bolted to floor or I would make them out front).
 






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Jefe said:
I bent my pinchweld up in the locations needed to clear the 2 mounts and I know that Rick bend the entire length of it up to clear his sliders.
I did the same thing, except I have three mounts on the frame.
 






410Fortune

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I have also seen the pinch weld used as part of the slider support, spread the load. and it works fine.
 






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