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Design for sliders.. what do you think..

I'm going to build a set of sliders for my truck and I came up with a design (not my own, but havent seen it on a Ranger yet). So what do you think? They are going to be made with 1 1/2" .120 steel tube. What do you think?

The drawing is roughly to size, close enough to get an idea.
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Looks good, but they really should be all the way back to the back wheel well.
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Are they going to rest on the body or be suspended away from the body? They look like a good design either way.
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the biggest problem i have ever seen with silders like that is, when you hit something, it pushed the slider right up into the body of the truck, sometimes holding the door shut. make them strong enough and far enough away from the body that it wont damage the body. how many rocks does your truck see anyway? if youre mostly sand then ground clearance is not that much of an issue.
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the biggest problem i have ever seen with silders like that is, when you hit something, it pushed the slider right up into the body of the truck, sometimes holding the door shut. make them strong enough and far enough away from the body that it wont damage the body. how many rocks does your truck see anyway? if youre mostly sand then ground clearance is not that much of an issue.
I see lots of rocks..




Ok let me elaborate on my design ideas.

I'm going to build them so that they are snug up against the body to begin with. The tubes to the frame will be snug up agains the bottom of the rocker. With them being tubular and .120 wall the likely hood of them bending is small. I'm also toying with the idea of making them removeable. I would use a 1 3/4" tube off the frame and slide the 1 1/2" tube into it and bolt on with two grade 8 bolts. I like that idea because if they every were damaged they can be removed to be repaired or replaced.

Keep the ideas coming, I need ideas!

Oh, and I'm going fiberglass on the bedsides so its not really fesable to make them that long.
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lol Bob, I would have thought that as well (bout the lack of rocks) but did you see the last batch of photo's he posted? edit ok, so Im a slow typer...just look above
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Are you supposed to be a prerunner or a rock crawler? Either way, I still like your truck!

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Are you supposed to be a prerunner or a rock crawler? Either way, I still like your truck!

Brenton
A buddy of mine whos truck is getting the same kit as we speak put it best, my trucks going to be a "Jack of all trades, master of none."
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i've ALWAYS wanted something like that for mine!

not so close to the door though...maybe halfway, and just extend them away from the truck a little

also, theres the situation where a rock edge gets caught between the vertical bars...then what? could u put on some sheet metal behind/infront of it?
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i say loose the top part but thats just IMO...
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You cant really tell in the photo, but that top part is going to be at a ~30degree angle down, following the contour of the rocker to help protect from the rocks like the ones that got me

And I'm not sure about all the cross bars, I may do 2-3 or all 5...

Keep em' coming, I'm probably going to do this next week.
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let me know how much the finished product cost you, and if you could draw up some measurments or etc, so i can take it to my metal shop....

now, will these attach to the frame, like regular step bars do? i'm not even sure how to put them on...
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I like em! I'd want them to sit away from the truck a little bit though so I could use them as step-bars also. I love the removable idea too.
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I would flip them over from what you have shown, the angle on the front will suck branches into the rocker and door, if angled the other way they may deflect some away
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i agree flip them upside down..might get hung up on that edge inthe front..if its the other way..i wont n willjust slide along
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I'v got a new design brewing in my head.. just need to sit down with Illustrator tomorrow and work it out.

The new design will run from the back of the front fender to the front of the rear wheel well.. got a new mounting system in mind.. thinking of adjustable distance from the body..

Also have a pretty low price in mind if people want to buy a set...
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how low is pretty low?
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how low is pretty low?
PM me if you want to know now... based on other prices I found, and the estimated cost for materials, I think its good.. but I dont want to jump the gun and tell the world a price before I actually build a set..
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dude, dont know if you seen this, but DAMN





thread here
http://www.offroadrangers.com/forums...ad.php?t=20941


*****n pic




now go make me a set too
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Those are tight!
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that's what I'm talking about! Very similar to the taco sliders available, and serving the very same function.
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