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Help From The K5 Gurus??diamond Plate Floors?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dirty77, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. dirty77

    dirty77 Registered Member

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    :d I Found A Pic Of A K5 With Steel Diamond Plate For The Whole Floor. Has Anyone Done This? Please Any Info Would Be Awesome! Is 1/8" Thick Enough? What Kind Of Supports Are Needed? Would Like To Do My Whole Floor Except For Tranny Tunnel Just Like The Pic! Please Help!!!!!!!!!
     
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    sirch jjlaughner

    He did it and may have even done a writeup about it.
     
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    thanks man i really appreciate it!!!!! hope to start this weekend
     
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    No problem:D
     
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    i will take any and all info on this i can get!! its pretty awesome that everyone on hear helps everybody else. sounds kinda corny but its true!! thanks alot guys!!
     
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    also just as a note if you are trying this, 1/8" diamond plate steel weighs 6 pounds per square foot. so if you are trying to build a lightweight rock crawler this might not be the way to go. i dont run a top on mine, and switched to a truck tailgate which saved some weight and i expect it to still be 200 pounds over a stock k5 but it is solid and i shouldn't have to worry about rust for awhile.
     
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    Can it be done and keep my top and tailgate? wife and son like to go but wife doesnt like to be covered in mud. dont know why.......thats half the fun!!!
     
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    i think he was just referring to a weight issue. you can definitely keep a top and your tailgate and still do the floor, it's just going to be a freakin heavy rig.
     
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    alright now you guys have me worried!!

    The weight issue does have me a little concerned. Is there anything less than 1/8" for the diamond plate that would be strong enough? Or anything comparable? Oh yeah THOSE PICS KICKED A$$!!!!!!!:bow:
     
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    the floors even with the subframe still bows and pops, I would not go thinner than 1/8"... The side walls and body are basically sitting on the diamond plate, it has completely replaced the floor (IE any horizontal piece of floor). The floor supports the wieght of the body in other words.
     
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    u r the man!! thanks for all the info.
     
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    I'll dump some more pics here

    here's a rear brace I put in since I won't have an actual tailgate
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    Me marking the bedsides
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    Tail section cut with half height tailgate
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    I'm going to bend some more 1/8" diamond plate and make rear corners and the I have some LED tailights I'm going to mount in the back diamond plate area. Those are my custom bumpers (to mount rock lights in shinning forward under the truck). Also the tailgate once its braced some more can be used as a ramp to climb up on obsticals where the tire is not tall enough. :wink1:

    [​IMG] eventually I'll cut the rear fenders at the yellow line and the diamond plate will wrap around the sides, back and around the bottom welded to the side panel, rear brace and floor from the underside.... :waytogo::pimp:
    Beyond that I've got some 16gauge diamond plate I'm going to armor plate the doors with! :whistle::cool:
     
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    If JJ doesnt know how to do it, try Timmy i heard he taught JJ everything he knows about building trucks.
     
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    NICE! I'll be sure to CC timmy :rolleyes:
     
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    i dont have any pics of my subframe right now but it was built from 1/4" 2"x2" it bolts to the frame using the back 4 stock body mounts and 2 additional body mounts on a custom crossmember and then it ties in with the factory front subframe. i also left a 12"x12" access door to the fuel tank so i wouldnt have to drop it to get to the sending unit.
     

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