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Rock Slider Poll

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rcamacho, Nov 29, 2005.

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Where should I mount rock sliders?

  1. Body mount

    70 vote(s)
    42.2%
  2. Frame mount

    75 vote(s)
    45.2%
  3. Both (with bushings to allow for flex)

    21 vote(s)
    12.7%
  1. rcamacho

    rcamacho 1/2 ton status

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    I'm considering fabricating some sliders for one of my first welding projects. So, is the consensus to body mount or frame mount? My rockers are in good shape so I'm not inclined to cut them out.
     
  2. BigCountryx

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    Sounds like you allready know what the answer around here is gonna be :crazy: But, if your not cutting the rockers, then frame mount would be best IMO.
     
  3. rcamacho

    rcamacho 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks. Since the frame mount would allow ~2ft of leverage on the frame are there any concerns about tweaking the frame? I'd imagine that the C-section could distort under impact.
     
  4. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    I like mine mounted to the body. I did it similar to this from the 4x4 Armor product review.
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    If you look at November in the 2005 rigs calendar, you can see me putting them to the test. :wink1:

    I haven't had any problems. I've also seen an extra brace added that goes back to another vertical floor support. Can't really verbalize what I'm talking about and I don't have pics. I know Pauly383K10's sliders have it.

    I'm planning to make a new set for myself that won't cost so much clearance.
     
  5. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    A buddy of mine had the 4x4 Armor sliders with the frame mounts.
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    Personally I didn't like it. When we had his body off, you could put a foot on them and really see how much it twisted the frame. I suppose with the body on, the mounts stiffen the frame some. I didn't like the flex I saw.
     
  6. BigCountryx

    BigCountryx 1/2 ton status

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    You may be right, maybe you should just cut your rockers off afterall :wink1: :doah: :haha:
     
  7. 6.2Blazer

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    I personally prefer the body mount versions simply because you don't have to deal with all the leverage exerted on the mounts if you attach them to the frame.
     
  8. SkulzNBonz

    SkulzNBonz 1/2 ton status

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    I have mine body mounted. I have set the whole truck on them more than once. With as much as the frame twists and contorts, you could end up doing body damage with frame mounted sliders.

    John
     
  9. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Its like our bodies are predestined to accept tube , excuse the mud , don't know how that got there down here :wink1:

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  10. smokkey1

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    my sliders are mounted to the body mounts.
     
  11. Hossbaby50

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    I personally am a fan of and have my sliders mounted to my body where I cut out the rocker boxes. They give you more clearence and don't apply a bunch of leverage to the frame. Mine are tied in like Pauly383's. If I am not mistaken he got the rear brace idea from my truck. I mounted mine like that.

    I suggest if you do the rocker removal that you add on the brace to the rear like mine and Pauly383's and add a brace to the from of the slider as well. This is especially true if you run a kicker tube like me. Body metal isn't incredibly strong so you need to reinforce the slider so that it doesn't try and tweak and twist off under heavy hits.

    I personally only have the rear brace and got by with just the rear brace installed but I recommend not being lazy like me and doing it right.

    Here is a pic of my sliders and kicker tube. They are made from 2 peices of 1.5" .250 wall square tube welded together side by side and have a 1" .120 wall kicker tube to help keep the body clear of rocks. They work very well except I have bent the kicker tube in several places from hard hits on rocks. They survived though and still work very well.

    http://image12.webshots.com/13/2/8/94/157520894ZjTDvC_ph.jpg

    Harley
     
  12. muddyblzr

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    when i build mine they will bolt to the body and weld to the frame. if you spread the load out on the frame with big enough plates it will be fine. i think using both is the best way.
     
  13. jekbrown

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    I'm going to attach mine to the body, similar to the way the guy did on offroad.com. I may tie each end of the slider in to my cage's floorplates (lower sandwich plates...) though. IMO that makes much more sense than reaching all the way over to the frame for support. The cages A and B pillars are going to be coming down in that area anyway...

    j
     
  14. GM Man

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    I have a pair of 4x4iron sliders and they are welded to the body, had the old rockers cut out. Been used and so far they have supported the truck just fine.
     
  15. Thunder

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    Mine are body mounted similar to pic in MrK5's post. They work just fine.
    I only have 33s and 2" of lift so they have been used a lot. :D
     
  16. ssped

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    I just had another thought. I am going to fab up a long thick L brace to the frame to support the frame and not to lose clearance. I could also weld braces onto the frame boxing it in.

    I love having a welder.
     
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    OFF to go WHEEEELLLLIIINNNNN.

    C YA>
     
  18. rcamacho

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    Update 11/07:
    Finally picked up some 3/16" 2x3" rectangle tube and 3/16" 2x3" angle iron. I'll post up pictures as I build. Amazing, 60+lbs of steel for less than $100.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Looks like you work on the same time frame that I do. Here is what I did.
     
  20. HOPPER

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    My rockers were junk so mine replace them. Im going to tie into the frame and body. The frame is obvious, on the body im going to plate the supports and tie them into the sliders.

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    Maybe Ill start my build thread.:D

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