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Old 01-09-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Attempting to fab rocker guards

Hello forum. I'm currently attempting to fab some rockers out of .25" steel, and I've got a couple of questions.

1. What is a good way to mount them? I've seen guards with a step that only attach to the side of the tub, I've seen them tie into body mounts, I've also seen them attach at all of the above plus on the underside of the tub.
2. How much lip will I need to effectively protect the underside.

I want to avoid hitting something and still damaging the rocker because I didn't think through the design, and I do intend on attaching a rub bar/side step when I learn how to weld. They will cover about 2.75" up the rocker. I also don't want to waste time over killing/thinking the design.

I attached a pic of my progress.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-09-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
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I have asked these same questions looking for a prefabbed set. I'm subscribed.

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Old 01-09-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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I used 4" angle iron .250thk. welded on 2x2 heavy wall on the side. hit them pretty hard bottom and side, haven't hurt the jeep yet. If I did it again I might use 6x6 angle.
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Alright, switched to 4 x 3 angle iron. Here's the progress.
Any suggestions on mounting?
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:06 PM   #5
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I just made some for my yj. I started with 3/16 flat steel and a 10ft piece of 2 inch schedule 40 pipe. I bent the tubing with a hydraulic pipe bender and welded it to the flat steel making a step that extends 4 inches out and extends the length of the flat steel. The flat steel runs from the front fender well to the rear under the door. It looks just like some of the other models I've seen online for hundreds of dollars. The piece on the side of the jeep is 4 inches tall and the piece under the tub is just two inches. The project cost me about $55 plus $10 for stainless bolts to mount it with.
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As for your question, mounting it to the tub not the frame is best from what I understand. Just drill you some holes and put some nice stainless bolts with an allen head and round surface head and it will look good. Before drilling your holes make sure your holes won't be in the way of your firewall on the front and your seat belt on the rear. Good Luck
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I'll be building some that are similar to these and mounting it the same way they have on the site, should give you a pretty good idea of how and where to mount them.

http://www.shrockworks.com/jeep-yj-r...-pr-16173.html
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Update on the project, went to my dads to borrow his hd drill to drill out tub mounts. Drill bit stuck, flipped the handle around...the pic explains the rest...ha.
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Ouch! Been there , done that.. No broken bones for me. Get well.
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That sucks big time! Get well soon, can't wait to see the finished product!
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Update on the project, went to my dads to borrow his hd drill to drill out tub mounts. Drill bit stuck, flipped the handle around...the pic explains the rest...ha.
Holy crap. I've had a big drill hang up, but I've always managed to get away from it before I got hurt.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:28 AM   #12
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Alright, holes drilled, any suggestions on primer and paint?
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I think a bunch of us could say been there, done that. No broken bones for me (I don't think). Thumb and wrist still sore at times after 3 months. I feel your pain and so sorry the old drill got ya.
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it would have been cheaper to buy a set of rocker guards, than a ER visit
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Alright, holes drilled, any suggestions on primer and paint?
I made a set for my TJ this summer. I used rustoleum primer and semi gloss black paint. They looked great but scratched to easy. I pulled them back off, roughed them up and used spray on bedliner. Looks good and does not show scratches. I also used black silicone around the top and sides to keep water and mud from getting between them and the tub. Another thing I did was make a backing plate inside the tub.
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I built a set during the summer I used 3/16 plate 12" wide and bent it in half so it was a 6" angle. I mounted it with 5/16 bolts on top and same on bottom of tub. I welded the bolts on the top so that there were no heads on the outside and nut and washers on the inside. I took 1 1/2 pipe bent it with a press 45deg angles on each end and welded it to the plate. Then sprayed it with a bed liner.
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I built a set during the summer I used 3/16 plate 12" wide and bent it in half so it was a 6" angle. I mounted it with 5/16 bolts on top and same on bottom of tub. I welded the bolts on the top so that there were no heads on the outside and nut and washers on the inside. I took 1 1/2 pipe bent it with a press 45deg angles on each end and welded it to the plate. Then sprayed it with a bed liner.
That's an awesome job you've done there
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Thanks it took some time to build. If you find a 6" angle it will work the same. Also if you don't have access to a bender check a muffler shop they may be able to put a pipe on for you cheaper than a fab shop.
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Finally done!!! My dad helped with the Bed liner while I was out of commission. They didn't come out perfect, but this is the first thing I've ever dabbed from scratch so I'm pretty happy!
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Finally done!!! My dad helped with the Bed liner while I was out of commission. They didn't come out perfect, but this is the first thing I've ever dabbed from scratch so I'm pretty happy!
*dabbed should read fabbed
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Thanks it took some time to build. If you find a 6" angle it will work the same. Also if you don't have access to a bender check a muffler shop they may be able to put a pipe on for you cheaper than a fab shop.
That's a good idea!!

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