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Got em! My wallet is unhappy, but when it compares the cost of body-damage, which the photos will show I'm kinda prone to, it's a LOT happier.

Side view of the truck, can you see them?

[img=300x225]http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/sideview_closeup_small.jpg[/img]
fullsize: http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/sideview_closeup.jpg


Another view of the truck

[img=300x225]http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/full_sideview_small.jpg[/img]
fullsize: http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/full_sideview.jpg

Passenger and Driver's sides

[img=300x225]http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/passenger_view_small.jpg[/img]
fullsize: http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/passenger_view.jpg

[img=300x225]http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/driver_view_small.jpg[/img]
fullsize: http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/driver_view.jpg

Front gusseting against handy body mount:

[img=300x225]http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/front_gusset_small.jpg[/img]
fullsize: http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/front_gusset.jpg

Rear 45* gusset up to top of frame, as horizontal support is now below frame, and attached via 1/4" plate.

[img=300x225]http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/rear_gusset_small.jpg[/img]
fullsize: http://muddyram.pavementsucks.com/Truck/images/sliders/rear_gusset.jpg

That's the most likely spot for it to break. We'll see. He wants me to beat the snot out of these, actively trying to break them.

They aint cheap, but they are supposed to be built to last forever, and not ever fail (short of rolling end-over-end down 2000' of cliff, but at that point, I won't care about the bars, I think).

If things are broken, I'll edit till they come up right, so be patient, and don't reply "the links are bad!" Duh, I'll get there.
 

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That was nice of them to paint them after he welded them to the truck, why did'nt the genious do it before he welded them?
 

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Ok, all set. The paint is still a bit tacky.

They're not great as steps yet, need some grip-tape on the top of them, but that's just a quick stop at the hardware store on the way home away.

They don't lower the step-in height much more than maybe 5" or so, but hey, every little bit helps. And definitely not as well as running-boards would.

However, I can jack my truck up by these!

I also had the front bumper notched to accept a hi-lift, which I'm picking up from him later this week (the hi-lift, I mean). 60" and black, to match the truck.
 

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The sliders look tuff, and I think youll definatly get you money back from them, they look like they will take most of the abuse that the body would have taken, mail me a set for a quad bad longbed.
 

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Well, if he had painted, then welded, he would still have haid to paint around the welds to the frame.

He had to bare the metal on the frame so that he could get a good weld, then painted over it after it cooled.
 

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For something that long, figure $1000... Mine were about $200 more than a jeep runs, due to a third support bar, and the extra length of the material.

Maybe less, maybe more. Would probalby also need to do a bolt-on version, unless you'd get them welded up locally. :):
 

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Guess I forgot the price-tag on mine, $700 installed and with some extra work to the Reunel. Maybe $650 for the next set he does, not sure. He needs to total up his time on the project. It was our agreed-to price before-hand.

Thankgod for Visa... :):
 

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how does the slider connect to the stringers that go to the frame is it a but weld or a lap joint. if you could get a pic that would be cool thanx. look way cool just when i think my truc is done nooooooooo i see something else. will it ever stop lmao
 

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8" of butt-weld.

The main bar of the slider is 2x4" rectuangular tubing with 1/4" thick walls, the support arms (3 of them), are 2x2" square tubing with 1/4" walls.

The 45* gusset in the "rear gusset" pic is 2x2 square tubing with 1/8" wall.

Where each arm hits the frame it's solidly welded all the way around. You can see it best in the view of the front gusset, where the square tubing's end is welded to the frame.

I can't get more pics, though. At least not for a bit.
 

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Aaron,

Nice! :bigthumb: Can't wait to see them in person!!! :D: so about $700/installed?
 

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Those are sweet! Dude you gotta come to Frank Raines so we can thrash on 'em! I am planning on running the creek trail a bit a farther than the last time so we can really get into some large rocks... Not much farther as the rocks become boulders just around the bend.
 

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Not bad! I'm courious to know how they actually hold up. I'm sure you'll keep us posted right?

Later....
 

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Well, I'm picking up the hilift tomorrow morning, which will give me a chance to test out the lifting strength of the sliders, and then I'll be at FR in the afternoon on Saturday, and I think we can find a few boulders to drag them on... :):

I'm now thinking I should have gone another inch further out from the frame, they don't make great steps, as they are so close to the body. Just get your toes/ball of your foot on them. But with some grip-tape they should be better.

FJTHIS gave me a good idea, as well. Have plates put across the bottom, running from the front arm to the back arm, to help stop boulders from reaching up in between the arms.

That would give me almost as much underbody protection as a hummer! Well, maybe half, anyway.
 

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Woody, you could also have those sliders sprayed by Rhino or Line-X to help protect them instead of paint since you paid so much for them. I had mine sprayed by Line-x for about $150 and now I don't have to worry about them rusting and it has a lifetime warranty so if I do scrape the spray off they will respray that spot for me.
 

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I've been thinking about that. But then, at a 1/4" thick, and in cali's weather, I'm not TOO worried about rust. I know that the bedliner material will just get ripped apart on rocks, but am thinking about picking up some of the Herculiner and doing it myself in the future. Would do some spots on the bumper, too.

In the meantime, I'm planning on picking up some rattle-can black glossy, and using that to touch it (and the bumper) up as I go.
 
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