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Old 04-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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You know the drill already. This is what I did this weekend. This is a super easy build. There is really no reason not to do this if you know how to weld and need some better rocker protection. Took maybe 6 hours from getting the metal at my house to having them welded in. Here are some pictures.


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The reason I decided to do this in the first place. Landed hard on a rock last month and really did a number on my rocker.



First thing I did was cut a line 3 inches down on all 4 corners of the the metal.





Then chop off the ends like so...



Then take some plate to close off the ends.



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That leaves you with the sliders


Overall length on the top side if 64". I made my cut 3 inches down for the angle on the slider on each corner so the bottom side total length is 58".


Then take your die grinder and cut the rocker out. This is how bad my rockers looked once I got them out.



Push into place. I had to use a sledge hammer on the sides to get it to slide in under the pinch seam like it should.









Here is one side welded along the seam all the way across. Not hard but you do have to take your time and make sure you get the thick stuff good and warm before trying to weld it to the thin body.



Easier if you can take your doors off too. Some of the seam might be tricky to get to.



And here are a couple finished pictures. Hit them with $.97 black spray paint from home depot and called it good. I figure once they get scratched up I can spend another $1 and make them look as good as new again. I still have to tie them into my roll cage mounts but my GF was tired of being in the garage so I will get that part added later this week and post a picture or of that once its done.







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Old 04-15-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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Looks like they turned out good I'm planning on doing this upgrade before the summer is out.
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Welding the thin sheet steel to the tubing is a friggin job. Fine balance between penetration and devastation.
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Sub'd for future reference, thanks for posting!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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Daaang that looks slick
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Im picking up the steel to do mine in a couple days. Did you weld the front fenders to the tubing as well? Kinda hard to see.
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Im picking up the steel to do mine in a couple days. Did you weld the front fenders to the tubing as well? Kinda hard to see.
Yeah, just a tack on each side to hold them in place. I'm planning on getting new ones soon so I didn't want to run a bead across the whole thing. Tired to go snap a picture for you but the snow and ice decided otherwise

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Very nice work. I hope to be able to do this to mine someday but I don't have the welder and haven't welded since high school shop class about 6 years ago. A buddy of mine did this to his ZJ so hopefully I can get him to help. How much did you pay for your 2x6?
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:32 PM   #9
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Looks like they turned out good I'm planning on doing this upgrade before the summer is out.
I def like them. My buddy asked me to build him a set too after he saw them. Just take your time on the welds. That part is tricky.



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Welding the thin sheet steel to the tubing is a friggin job. Fine balance between penetration and devastation.
Yeah, I had a few spots that I burn some holes in the sheet metal, Had to go back through and fill them afterward. Once I got the feel for it, it went pretty smooth though.



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Very nice work. I hope to be able to do this to mine someday but I don't have the welder and haven't welded since high school shop class about 6 years ago. A buddy of mine did this to his ZJ so hopefully I can get him to help. How much did you pay for your 2x6?
I paid $90 for the box, and then I just bought a couple pieces of scrap plate. Total cost for the project is probably right at $100.
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New to the site and just found this build. Gonna do exactly the same thing. Thanks for posting.
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I wish I had the skills to do this. Nice work.
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Super old thread but if you want to make life a bit easier I'd recommend throwing a piece of C channel in first like Hooligan has


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Super old thread but if you want to make life a bit easier I'd recommend throwing a piece of C channel in first like Hooligan has


Mine tied into my cage brackets so it wasn't needed but those look great. Would be a great way to add strength to the stock sheet metal
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Super old thread but if you want to make life a bit easier I'd recommend throwing a piece of C channel in first like Hooligan has


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This is how I did mine, but with angle iron. Way cheaper than those brackets.

Tied them into my frame stiffeners with some 1/4 wall 2x2.





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