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Old 04-21-2011, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Custom Rock Sliders 2001 Ext Cab

I've been doing some serious offroading for a while now, and when me and some buddies decided to go on an offroading trip this past spring break, I decided it was time for some rock sliders. 3" Bodylift was done a few months ago to give me some more clearance after the sliders were on.

I took measurements and such and decided that I'd like to bolt on my rock sliders. I did this for two reasons. 1) I'm not comfortable welding to my frame (though in hindsight this was stupid), and 2) I need to fix some rocker damage I have gotten from previous offroading trips, but will need to take the sliders off to do so.

Thanks to the tremendous help from Ian @ Backyard Fabrication, and many tedious hours getting these sliders mocked up, I finally got them completely welded a week before the trip. Drilling the holes in the frame pretty much took the rest of the week.

Total cost was about $110 for steel (STEEL PRICES ARE INSANELY HIGH HERE), $30 for gr8 nuts/bolts/washers, $10 for spray paint/chop saw blades, and a fair amount of welding wire. The material is 2"x3"x0.125" HREW rectangular tubing and the mounting plates are 1/4" steel. Eventually when I do the round step/rub bars that protrude from the side, they will be done with 1.625" 1/8" wall round tubing (got it super-cheap from a friend - < $20/stick).

Anyway - here's the pix!






Mocked Up:









Finally done!!




Proof that they hold the weight of the truck. I can attest to the fact that they will support the truck when coming down on them hard - happened a couple times during their maiden trip.




Broke a CV the first hour offroading the night before, right after setting up camp. Ended up in a pair of ruts with the IFS at full droop and steering wheel turned. My dumbass mistake. Fixing the truck on buddy's trailer made the ordeal a LOT less muddy.




As I mentioned, I plan on adding some 1.625" round tube that extends from the sliders, but there wasn't really time before the offroading trip so these held up fine.

Thoughts? Go easy on me.

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Old 04-21-2011, 12:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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DISCLAIMER: I know I'm not as hardcore as most of you all, but I've only been in the hobby a couple years now and I'm a Mechanical Engineering student at University of Illinois. This means, I have very little free time and absolutely NO money. So before you tell me to "SAS that bitch" or whatever, know that it will happen eventually. I just need money first. If you'd like to contribute, feel free.
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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looks good to me Dman. Almost what i did just with pipe and welded to the frame.

For the tubing are you just goin to make steps kind of like the N-fabs or wat?
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They're just going to be rub rails or whatever they're called. Basically the same shape as most pre-fab sliders have with the two bends at each end and some supports in the middle. But I'm going to put some sort of grip on them so they CAN be used as steps. Its just their second function.

Nothing's going to stick downward like n-fabs. These are functional.
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use some skateboard gip tape. cheap, sticks very well and easy to cut.....
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use some skateboard gip tape. cheap, sticks very well and easy to cut.....
Yep, thats EXACTLY what I was thinking.
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ooooo ok i get wat your talkin bout now when i did mine i kinda copied bigred05's sliders
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Yeah, mine will be like biggrnchevy's pretty much.
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his fab work is crazy
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No doubt. He'd kinda my idol.
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use some skateboard gip tape. cheap, sticks very well and easy to cut.....
i was just gonna tack some strips of expanded metal on mine.
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i was just gonna tack some strips of expanded metal on mine.
That was my other plan - especially if the grip tape doesn't hold up.
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i think the explanded metal would work better with mud and what not on them.
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UPDATE (YES I KNOW ITS 6 MONTHS LATER):

Adding:


Notched:


Welding:


Needed something to protect the truck's paint from the heat/slag:




All welded and ready for paint (after I chip off the slag):





ANNNNDDDD DONE!


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i prefer not to run sliders... gives me an excuse to boatside my shit
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