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07-30-2013 04:26 PM
Olsen185 I'm done with the rears. I probably have about $125 invested in them (including the price of the bender-$60). I'm not sure I'm gonna do front doors. These were mainly to keep my kids in. This was my first welding project so I'm pretty excited with the results.




07-27-2013 06:31 AM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by Olsen185 View Post

I was gonna ask you the same. I have the doors welded and the hinges on. I came up with a design for a latch and will hopefully get it done tomorrow. Then sand and bedline.

I'll post some pics tomorrow.
All done and broken in, I don't think I am doing rears, I just wanted the fronts so I could see better trailing... Functionality versus looks.
07-26-2013 11:45 PM
Olsen185
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Originally Posted by repauli1 View Post
Progress report?
I was gonna ask you the same. I have the doors welded and the hinges on. I came up with a design for a latch and will hopefully get it done tomorrow. Then sand and bedline.

I'll post some pics tomorrow.
07-26-2013 07:26 PM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by Olsen185 View Post
This where I am at so far:

After making a template I was able to make it from two pieces, the bottom with the bends and the strait top. I am planning on at least one center bar, but possibly two
Progress report?
07-20-2013 05:21 PM
Olsen185
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Originally Posted by repauli1 View Post
Broken in good at Badlands







They don't keep water out of tub :-(
I guess not huh. Haha

I wanted to start with a smaller sized tube, this is my first time with this kind of project.
07-20-2013 04:22 PM
repauli1 Broken in good at Badlands







They don't keep water out of tub :-(
07-20-2013 04:19 PM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by Olsen185
This where I am at so far:

After making a template I was able to make it from two pieces, the bottom with the bends and the strait top. I am planning on at least one center bar, but possibly two
Very nice you using one inch pipe?
07-18-2013 01:26 PM
Olsen185 This where I am at so far:



After making a template I was able to make it from two pieces, the bottom with the bends and the strait top. I am planning on at least one center bar, but possibly two
07-17-2013 07:08 AM
fkranich23
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Thanks, I used a 3/8" steel rod, inserted into a 1/2" steel tube ( shorter than rod) then welded the rod to top of tube. I then welded these to a 1" wide x 4" long 3/16" flat bar.. Then I held door in place with welding magnets, with a 3/16 spacer on bottom of door opening ( taped on) and then inserted hinge to mark weld locations on pipe. Eyeballed angle the removed, tacked, refitted to check, then did final weld. I left enough pin stick out to drill a hole and insert a spring pin to retain door from bouncing up and out.
thanks! Simple but brillent!
07-15-2013 11:34 PM
Olsen185 Check out these latches. For $9 they are a deal.
Door Latches | Trail Tubes
07-15-2013 05:28 AM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by fkranich23
These doors look awesome! It's amazing you were able to do this using a $99 harbor freight pipe bender and you didn't use an actual pipe bender. Really fantastic work.

What did you use for a hinge? What size was the pin you used and where did you get them from?

I plan on doing something very similar to this soon.

Thanks for your help.
Thanks, I used a 3/8" steel rod, inserted into a 1/2" steel tube ( shorter than rod) then welded the rod to top of tube. I then welded these to a 1" wide x 4" long 3/16" flat bar.. Then I held door in place with welding magnets, with a 3/16 spacer on bottom of door opening ( taped on) and then inserted hinge to mark weld locations on pipe. Eyeballed angle the removed, tacked, refitted to check, then did final weld. I left enough pin stick out to drill a hole and insert a spring pin to retain door from bouncing up and out.
07-15-2013 05:20 AM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by Olsen185
I went to HF today and picked up their last bender. The box it was in was trashed so the manager offered me 40% off

Repauli,
How did you determine your bends? Did you just eyeball it, or did you make a template out of coat hanger or something? For the rear, i turned my door upside down and tried to use it as a template. One of my bends was about 1 inch too short and I think I'm gonna do it over.
Good deal on $60 deal! Also don't try a one piece, make two or three, over sized, cut, bevel edge of pipe and butt weld, clamp sections with two clamps and angle iron to straighten and keep them parallel
07-15-2013 05:17 AM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by Olsen185
I went to HF today and picked up their last bender. The box it was in was trashed so the manager offered me 40% off

Repauli,
How did you determine your bends? Did you just eyeball it, or did you make a template out of coat hanger or something? For the rear, i turned my door upside down and tried to use it as a template. One of my bends was about 1 inch too short and I think I'm gonna do it over.
I sat in front of the door opening and took a pair of scissors and cut out a cardboard template to fit, laid it on bench and bent to match. When doing the 90 deg bends use the 2 nd from top position on pins.
07-14-2013 08:44 PM
Olsen185 I went to HF today and picked up their last bender. The box it was in was trashed so the manager offered me 40% off

Repauli,
How did you determine your bends? Did you just eyeball it, or did you make a template out of coat hanger or something? For the rear, i turned my door upside down and tried to use it as a template. One of my bends was about 1 inch too short and I think I'm gonna do it over.
07-13-2013 06:34 PM
underwaterdan I'm in for a set �� . Nice work with plenty of protection, great for rear doors with kids too.
07-13-2013 10:25 AM
fkranich23 These doors look awesome! It's amazing you were able to do this using a $99 harbor freight pipe bender and you didn't use an actual pipe bender. Really fantastic work.

What did you use for a hinge? What size was the pin you used and where did you get them from?

I plan on doing something very similar to this soon.

Thanks for your help.
07-12-2013 07:24 PM
igivup I'm not really sure, but it was just the one guy doing the manufacturing, Todd. So I think it was more of a side line that was demanding more and more of his time, and rather than keep people waiting, or hurry through the process, and end up with an inferior product, he simply decided it was time to set it aside, at least for now. Jeri, the gal that did the other side of the business, sales,etc., and Todd both are some of the nicest people you could ever deal with. I feel very fortunate to have been able to get a set of their doors built and shipped to my remote location, and that was all due to the great customer service they offered. I know at the time I bought mine I was their first Canadian customer, so shipping could have been a nightmare, but they worked hard to accommodate me, and keep my costs down by sharing the cost themselves, and that is not something many businesses do.
I would be interested to know if any other Canadians ended up purchasing a set from them if anyone has any idea.
By the looks of your doors, I don't think you will have any trouble selling them if you decide to go into production. I know that Roughshod used actual oem door pins, so the stock nuts could still be used when running them. Keeps them from being stolen quickly when sitting in a busy parking lot unattended!
07-12-2013 05:05 PM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by igivup
How much did the finished door end up weighing? I'm just curious. If I remember correctly mine weigh in at 33 lbs each. Which is considerably less than a stock door,yet probably offers twice as much protection.
Mine are 35 lbs. very stout. I am surprised theirs were not heavier, I used 1" pipe for horizontals, they use 1.25..

Do you know what became of them?

If I can find a new place with a decent 1k plus shop, I am considering making custom bumpers, doors, hood louvers, etc. a second business.
07-12-2013 05:01 PM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by Olsen185
Do you have any close ups of the latch? Where did you find the latch?

Last pick is what I bought at ACE hardware, looks flimsy, but actually not, hammered out of 1/4" steel rod, I cut it off, and TIG welded it to a 1/2" nut. Then welded a 3/8" x 1.5 inch bolt to tube/pipe. Slipped welded nut over bolt and double jam nutted with lock washed between nuts.
I also put a three inch strip of 3/8" thick armaflex (rubber pipe insulation) and glued with contact cement to tube riser. That eliminated rattles and keeps latch snug. It is VERY SECURE.

I am putting small pins thru door hinge pins, god forbid I do a roll over I don't want them things falling off and coming in at me!
07-12-2013 03:29 PM
igivup How much did the finished door end up weighing? I'm just curious. If I remember correctly mine weigh in at 33 lbs each. Which is considerably less than a stock door,yet probably offers twice as much protection.
07-12-2013 12:23 PM
mrbullitt Those look Awesome! I like how the center bars curve outwards for more protection. Great work!
07-12-2013 10:20 AM
igivup Nice job. I did buy a set of these, from Roughshod Offroad a few years ago. I love them.
They are quite unique, and well built.
07-12-2013 09:56 AM
Scott2373 VERY nice work! I would buy those as well!
07-12-2013 09:09 AM
Matador I agree with everyone else, that door looks awesome and the fact that you made it yourself and its made of thicker piping is even better. With that said, I just want to offer a suggestion. I love the top curve but I'm thinking that it would look better if you took it further up and followed the contour of the dash. That would put you up high enough to mount a plate for a mirror.


With mirror mounted.
07-12-2013 08:16 AM
SirRyan Look awesome! Wanna make me a set?
07-12-2013 08:07 AM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by Olsen185

Nice, thanks. Including the bender, how much do you have into the project? To buy tube doors for a 4 door it is about $600 or so.
It costs 99 plus tax for bender, 8 bucks apiece for latches, $15 for hinge material, and $140 for pipe. Ohhh and $22 for bedliner paint. Figure another $15 in gas&wire for mig, and $20 in grinding wheels.
When I make the back door about another $150 should do it

Key here you said TUBE doors, these are 3/16" thick PIPE doors, much stronger.
07-12-2013 05:31 AM
Jlho1980
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Completed!
Yes, please.
07-11-2013 11:45 PM
PHILDABEAST So.....when do you start taking orders?
Nice job, those turned out awesome!
07-11-2013 11:15 PM
zx6r very nice!!!
07-11-2013 11:07 PM
Olsen185
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A modified gate latch, will post before and after pic tmrw.
Nice, thanks. Including the bender, how much do you have into the project? To buy tube doors for a 4 door it is about $600 or so.
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