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Old 03-15-2008
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How do I find out the angle I need to bind the skid so it will mount to my SL crossmember? We have a break machine up at work to bind the skid but I need to find out how many degrees to bind it....what is the best way to find out?

Heres a few pics of the skid so far....I cut it with a cut-off wheel and mess up once....nothing I cant fix though

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Anyone that knows the best way to do this let me know....thanks
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For me i did trial and error. just don't over did and you'll be fine. Search the key words "skip plate" no that's not a misspelling. I think Gumby had some degree measurements. 20* i think.
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Bump....I know someone knows the best way to bend 1/8in aluminum.
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protractor?
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i thought your work had a brake press? otherwise bend it with a set of vice grips and a vice. its aluminum, should bend easy
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i thought your work had a brake press? otherwise bend it with a set of vice grips and a vice. its aluminum, should bend easy
do most ppl make them out of aluminum? seems a little weak don't you think?
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depends what you are bracing them with
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The brake press we had would not bend it so I had to put it in a vise and heat it up with the torch to bend it.

Ill post pics once I get the bend right..
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The brake press we had would not bend it so I had to put it in a vise and heat it up with the torch to bend it.

Ill post pics once I get the bend right..
That is the way we bent mine.
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Got the plate bent right the first time around so heres the pics so far.....



A few pics of it on the truck held by C-clamps....





My plan is to blot a piece of 1in flat bar to the top of the skid and fab some brackets to bolt to my old tow hooks mounts. I am bolting steel cause I cant weld aluminum. The bottom will bolt directly to the SL crossmember.
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looking good, now when you get it all done, you can go hit something and see if it works haha
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do most ppl make them out of aluminum? seems a little weak don't you think?
Mine is mostly for looks. If and when I ever get to go offroading again I doubt Ill run into anything that skids are required. I like aluminum cause you dont have to paint it or worry about it rusting.
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Mock it up in lighter gauge sheet and measure the angles. You could even do it with cardboard and an angle finder.
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yeah like John said, cardboard works great!
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Ill keep that in mind on my next fab job
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