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Old 07-07-2016, 03:26 PM
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How to remove chrome side steps that were welded to the frame instead of bolted on.

I bought a 93 about a month ago. The side steps, front bumper, side mirrors and bumperettes are all chrome, I have already removed the chrome grille faceplate. I would like to get rid of all the chrome, I just like the black better. Here is the problem, one of the previous two owners welded the side steps to the frame. DOH! So I guess I need to cut them off just shy of the weld. This limits my options as far as new side steps as they will not be able to be bolted on to the frame where they are supposed to. Are there other options that would also provide a step without needing to be bolted to the frame? Thanks

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Just cut it off [burn or grind}and Grind it back to OEM, WTH?

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Just cut it off [burn or grind}and Grind it back to OEM, WTH?
Harbor Freight has electric die grinders (and air powered die grinders if you have a good compressor) plus light and medium duty grinders to flatten out the welded area.
Get a good backing plate for the grinder and #36 discs for a smoother finish. A welding stone on a grinder will work faster but not be as smooth a finished product.

Do you have a buddy with a cutting torch or a plasma cutter?

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Or...



And... (yes get the $3 blade Home Depot likes to place at the checkout. They'll last more than a $5 pack of cheap blades)



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Me thinks a sawzall and several blades will do the trick nicely. Maybe a little grinding after the sawing, and then some nice rust preventing paint to end the project.
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Thanks for all of the responses.

Mud, I love the visuals!

What would you guys think of not cutting them off and Line x'ing them? If it is cost effective otherwise I will cut them off.
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You will not be able to keep clean...I like rhino lining but it's difficult to get the dirt out of.
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I think it would be cheaper to remove them instead of bed lining them. I hope you had a sawzall and grinder before you bought a jeep lol. (you should have a sawzall and grunder if you have a jeep and plan on moding it, they just help in the long run) If yu bed line them it will be hard to keep them clean, dirt and mud like to fall into the pits in the liner.
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I have that Hobart Handler 140. For the little bit of welding that I do it works just fine.
Costs about $500.00 at most stores. Plus a bottle of gas and a cart.
Not a real powerhouse, but if you take your time and let it rest as required (read the manual) you can git-er-done.

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