Homemade Rock sliders with steps (lots of pictures)
Well a couple weeks ago I finally asked my friends dad if I could use some of the scrap steel that they have to make me a Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier. He said I could uses as much as I wanted, so I decided since I was (at the time) still in classes I would make Rock Sliders till I got out of for summer to start on my bumper.
So before I got the steel from my friends house, I used some 2x2 that we had to start making the steps I was going to put on the sliders.
Mocking up the step.
using some of the cut steel for the mounts that used to be on the step befor I cut the angle.
The welder I'm using, dose pretty good, considering I welded 1/4" steel with it
The step welded, pretty good for my first time welding I think.
Welded step mocked in place.
Got the metal from my friends house to make the slider part.
Cut the slider down to size.
Rough mock up.
Mocking up pinch weld mount.
Pinch weld mount and unibody mount
Uniframe mounts cut and in place
Tacked in place ready for welding.
For the first time welding i did pretty good.
Last edited by dcp1992; 09-04-2013 at 02:58 PM.
Reason: Fixed missing pictures and added some steps with new pictures.
Write you pulled those off quite well, how did you have those bolted to the frame rail? Those seem to be the hardest part for me...
Thanks. For the side of the frame rail I used some standard 5/16 self tapping bolts.
On the bottom of the rail I used some 3/8 semi self tapping bolts I bought at Tractor Supply. They have a grove in the bottom portion of the threads that gradually makes them. You have to drill a pilot hole too.
look like this.
If you can though, use ALL the 3/8 bolts. I used them after the fact and they didn't fit in the side of the rail after I welded the slider support bar.
That seems to be the way to do it, I tried tapping the frame and using 3/8, but I had such a snafu with my plate holes matching up with the holes I drilled in the frame (don't ask how I screwed that up) and how straight the tap was that I scrapped my mounts. mine are basically going to look like the jcr stage 3 rockers, it was only until after I designed them that I realized how close they are haha
Yeah I had trouble with my mounts because after I welded everything the sliders warped and my holes didn't really line up, I got the driver side to work. The passenger side warped bad though, I ended up having to make the holes bigger to get the bolts to fit. But I already knew I didn't want to drill and tap my holes so that's why I used the 5/16 self tappers during mock up and then I fount those 3/8 ones and used them. I did strip out 2 of the mounting holes though, but me and my friend can get on them and rock my Jeep back and forth and they still are holding (pinch weld mounts help) so for now I'm keeping them how they are, but when I get frame stiffeners i'll be sure to be careful and not strip any out.
Ha cool. If I had access to a tube bender mine would probably look like those too, but I like how it turned out with the square tube, it's different.