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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

me too...
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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

I've designed sliders and built them for my FJ and 4runner.There are some pics. Hope this helps you with some ideas.
These are the FJ's sliders.



These are the 4 runner's sliders





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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

So are you planning to bolt through the frame? Personally, I wouldn't do it that way, but it's your perrogative. Newer Toyota frames are notoriously thin and if you don't sleeve the frame where you drill, you are going to collapse it when you really tighten the bolts down. Further, you also have to watch out for electrical wiring on the inside of the frame rail as well as fuel and brake lines when drilling. A flange type mount welded to the outside of the frame rail is a preferable attachment method....just make sure you fishmouth, make circular, or rotate a square into a diamond, any plate being welded to the frame so you don't introduce a stress riser to your frame at the weld point.

As for just buying the premade ones....I disagree with the others comments. You're already using TWICE the thickness of material of the Trail Gear ones if you go to 1/4" wall tubing (a good thing). Personally, a good 3/16" thick walled DOM in even a 1.75" OD would be sufficient and keep the weight down.

Remember when talking armor, that you're already driving a very heavy rig and adding weight to protect it is a necessity, but you want to go with as light as possible while still offering the protection you need. Simply put, the 1/8" wall tubing most sliders are made from is sufficient for mild use, but if you really push it, you need thicker tubing with LOTS of legs to the frame. I'd say 1 leg every 12-16" max.

I've seen a lot of 1/8" walled tubing dimple in from hard impacts. It will generally keep the rocks and the sliders out of the body, but they will eventually dimple enough to look like crap and when I build something, I only wanna do it once. With a heavier walled tube, the only maintenance will be repainting when you scratch the paint off.


BTW, Chris....happened to look at your adventurefilms website (don't really know why I was compelled to) but in any case....NICE work! Very beautiful and artistic pictures. I also like the fact that you have the strength to acknowledge your beliefs. Kudos to you and I wish you much success.

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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

How about this:

https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...g-silders.html
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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

Are you asking for a critique of how they'll hold up....or something else?

They look nice, regardless.

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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

I'm moving this to the appropriate forum.

AdvFilms: I moved your last thread about roof racks from this very forum, so please in the future take the time to post in the right place. This section is for build-ups of vehicles.

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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

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should start on the skid plate tonight. I measured the frame/door area and the bars that hold out the rock rails alos need to angle down to clear the corner of the frame/body and then angle up slighty to move the stuff out, tweeking it now, and trying a few other designs. We might be pulling off the front bumper this weekend and designing an old school dual pipe "tank" bumper, lol
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I am interested in your efforts!

If you look at some of the other designs, I think they just dropped the bar to the mounting plate to the bottom of the plate, and did away with angling down to clear the body.

I have always liked how far the Trail gear or All-pro sliders stuck out, but more liked the Demello design with the square long rails. So your design to me would be perfect in my mind with the long rail being square tubing tilted with a little angle. The I like how far they stick out.

Also, I have removed my mud flaps and would like to have a slider that goes the extra few inches in the front, it isn't much, but I don't believe there is an option for that in the market.

That and maybe some step plates so when you come back into the rig with wet/muddy feet you are less likely to slide your leg through the hole.

It has always been an oddity to me on "FJ" sliders as well since longer sliders from other/same companies for the Tacoma's are half the price. I understand upstart/new product etc, and that in normal business world, 2x cost is normal. But those have kept me from pulling the trigger, even though I should.

Hope it helps! And gets built!

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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

Treknwil, I've told you once before but here it goes again. You've got the nicest rails that I've seen. Just too bad you won't make them any more. I'd get them instead of my Trail Gears.


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Re: Designing my own rock gaurds and skid plates

if you could put a flat surface on top of the sliders so they could be used as steps that would be great! I'd get a set!
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The 4-runner sliders are badass!
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