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Slider thickness...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ryoken, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Looking to do some sliders during my 2 weeks off at X-mas with my floor project... Plan on using the 2" x 4" dimension in replacement of the rockers...

    What thickness is usually used for such? 3/16's capable?
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I am finishing mine now. 3/16 2X4 steel.
     
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    I used 1/8" and have smashed them hard many times...no problems and 50% lighter than 3/16".

    Rene
     
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    diddo but mine are 2x2 and haven't left the driveway yet :doah::whistle:
     
  5. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Ok, cool... thats what I wanted to here.....

    I'm also gonna use that as the front cab supports.. The 2 short ones for the front mounts and the one by the B pillar that goes across the cab with the hump in the middle..

    Actually bringing the cargo area forward about 7" from stock for 87... like a pre 78..

    Gonna do the entire floor from tailpan to footwell in 1/8 sheet.. The only thing I'm leaving is the tranny tunnel... For now...

    Now to call my steel guy and see what 20' of 2 x 4 in 1/8 and 2 4 x 8 sheets of 1/8 is gonna cost me...
     
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    Damn, i don't know if I'd use 1/8" for the rear floor area. Maybe 16 gauge tops. The weight will add up very quickly!

    Rene
     
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    well, I'm afraid of losing the rigidity, even with using the factory crossbraces... Not having the formed pattern of the floor concerns me....

    whats 1/8, like 11? Maybe I'll bump the whole floor up to 13... Really wanna do the cargo area the same as the front... for buying purposes...
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Your who I had in mind... Not going diamond tho... smooth with Herculiner...
     
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    my sliders are made of 1/8" 2X6 i would have liked to used 2x4 but had the 2X6, anyway i can lift the whole side of the truck from the center of the slider. i dont have any pics of the sliders yet but click the webshots link in my sig to see the 1/8" diamond plate floors i installed. i also extended the cargo area and those pics are in there.
     
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    Depends on how much you are going to use them. The trails where I go I use the piss out of mine. I used 2x4x 3/16 I know I would have destroyed 1/8 by now I used 1 1/2 sch. 40 pipe on the side I have bash the crap out of those too and they are dented up some.
     
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    Last set we built were 2x4x 3/16 rectangle with 2" DOM .120 round welded to it. Slider bolts to frame, also bolts through cab onto a full cage. 1970 GMC Jimmy. picts in members galleries 70jimmy Name of photo is Cage
    Sliders where hell for strong,they where heavy but not to bad.
    I see how this is working - chrismas present for you :} Good luck.
     
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    hehe, sorta... :haha:

    It's kind of a forced situation... It's my only extended time off, 2 weeks paid after x-mas.... Gonna take the truck down and do floors and qrters... Plus a few other highly involved secret projects... :wink1:

    Now it's just a matter of finding a grand or 2 leading up to X-mas... :doah: :haha:
     

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