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Old 07-21-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Finished my weekend project: Rock sliders

Well, I had some 4"x4" 1/4" angle laying around and nothing else to do this weekend. I decided I also wanted a rub rail/step so I went to the local steel yard and picked up some 1.5" square tubing for that. Then sprayed them with some aerosol Rustoleum Truck Bed Liner. I think they turned out pretty good. Total cost was about $30.


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And before anyone says anything, yes, I realize that the front 2 bolts on each side are lower than the rest haha. I used the old flare bolt holes.

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Old 07-21-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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Looks great! A lot like mine.

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Looks good any pics of the underside or is it just bolted to the body I ask cause I'm getting ready to build some for my yj
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #4
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Looks great! A lot like mine.
Well, yours were kinda the inspiration for these. And square steps go better with YJs than round anyway.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:26 PM   #5
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Fitzy, I just bolted them to the body, but I ran a strip of 2" wide 3/16" steel down the inside for support. I may add bolts on the bottom later, but I probably won't mess with it because they'd have to be countersunk with spacers between the sliders and floor.

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Old 07-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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Well, yours were kinda the inspiration for these. And square steps go better with YJs than round anyway.
That's what I thought too. I spaced mine on the bottom and welded a nut on and bolt thru the floor too. I will attach mine to my roll cage frame supports once I build the cage.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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Mine don't need to be that strong. Not much rock crawling to do around here. I was just worried about setting the rocker down on a stump or something. I think mine will be ok on the rocks if I take it easy though.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #8
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Looks good I like them!
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:21 PM   #9
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They look great ! You make me want to try and make some too .
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:38 PM   #10
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Do it! It's not hard at all. I would recommend going with 5" angle up the side though. More room to bolt to. My washers and nuts had to be pretty close to the floor.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:10 PM   #11
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I like! Nice work
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Mine don't need to be that strong. Not much rock crawling to do around here. I was just worried about setting the rocker down on a stump or something. I think mine will be ok on the rocks if I take it easy though.
They will take more abuse than you think. I have slammed mine on rocks, trees, stumps. You name it. They have not moved.

1/4" angle iron is tough. I think mine is either 6" x 5" or 5"x4" can't remember. I also put some 3/16 on the back.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:46 AM   #13
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Nice work! Thanks for the pics, I was thinking about going w square tube but wasn't sure how it'd look, guess my minds made up now!
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #14
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Thanks guys! I'm really liking them, I just wish I could have got the welds cleaner. The metal was galvanized so I tried to grind it off, but it seemed super impregnated or something, because I couldn't see any more galvanizing, but it was still a pain to weld. And its hard getting in the tight spaces with a grinder

I really do like the square tubes better than round ones though.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:37 PM   #15
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Fanatic both you and YamJam really rock. Those sliders are perfect and I agree the square tube is the only way to go on a YJ. I read YamJam's entire build thread and kept thinking that knowing how to weld would absolutely be the cats ass. Now after seeing your handy work with those sliders I'm really in trouble. What kind of welder did you use?
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:14 PM   #16
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Looks really good. I had done that as well on my (ahem) Suzuki and it worked really great - was actually the strongest part of the truck!. Running full length of the body really gives it strength and you can use your high-lift jack at any point along the way. I will eventually do the same thing on my Wrangler.
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Sadly i have to gring galvanizing off alot at work. There are a few tricks to get it clean enough for welding. One. Dont use sanding disk only use a hard wheel. You can run.a sanding disk over it afterwards to smooth it out and remove grinding marks. Second and most important. When grinding be sure to grind until you get sparks. Galv will seem cleaned but if you arent making sparks your only polishing the glav. Also grind more than you need off since as you weld itll pull gal over into the weld. Lastly after welding paint with cold galvenizing spray paint before painting.
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And one more thing. Always grind and weld galv. In a well very well ventilated area.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:53 PM   #20
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Well, I didn't know about the galvanizing spray. But I did all the grinding outside with a mask on. My buddy got minor zinc poisoning from welding galvanized, and it did not look like fun.

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