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robselina 10-28-2003 03:18 PM

A while back I cut off my rear quarter pannels and welded in some 3/16" steel to cover up the hole. I was always hitting these things and they where getting pretty ragged.
Anyway, after cutting them I hadn't had any real problems. The additional clearance pretty much made the 3/16" plate rather unecessary. I never hit anythign hard with them until last weekend. I came down full force on the drivers side skid comming off a rock ledge. The whole back end of the vehicle was resting on this skid. It left a good scrape mark on the skid but I had no body deformation, which is somethign I had been worried about. Anyway, just thought I'd pass on the info since it's one of those things that's worked out rather well for me. [img]smile.gif[/img]

For those of you who have no idea what the heck I'm talking about, here's a pic of the skids:



[ October 28, 2003, 09:18 PM: Message edited by: rselina ]

rockjeep44 10-28-2003 04:25 PM

That's pretty bling. I did something similiar with some bars that attatched to my rear bumper and wrapped around. They were great rock protectors and supported the weight of the vehicle like you said. Nice work.
-Andrew

blt2krl 10-29-2003 02:56 AM

Welcome to the club. :D

Will Morris 10-29-2003 04:52 AM

So were those skids welded to the body only, or were they somehow tied into the frame? Am I correct in understanding that you just cut your 1/4 panels, then welded a 3/16" plate to the bottom, then beat the hell out of them and they survived with no body deformation? If so, I know what one of my first mods when I get home will be.

Will

robselina 10-29-2003 07:12 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Will Morris:
Am I correct in understanding that you just cut your 1/4 panels, then welded a 3/16" plate to the bottom, then beat the hell out of them and they survived with no body deformation?
Damn straight! :D :D

Will Morris 10-29-2003 08:09 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by rselina:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Will Morris:
Am I correct in understanding that you just cut your 1/4 panels, then welded a 3/16" plate to the bottom, then beat the hell out of them and they survived with no body deformation?

Damn straight! :D :D </font>[/quote]Well then, guess I know what I'm doing over Christmas break, among other things.

Will

Merc69 10-29-2003 08:45 AM

I was thinking about what to do in that area. Thanks for the pic and the idea...Another thing stolen from this board.

Thanks.

PS. Got any more pics?

youngjeeper 10-29-2003 10:33 AM

ah thanks man! been looking for a good way to get rid of those holes!

scotty 10-29-2003 11:50 AM

i mainly clicked on this one cause i couldnt figure out what you meant by "QP" ;)

nice work,tho. :cool: id do somethin like that if i still had any of my quarters :D

bvibert 10-30-2003 04:34 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by scotty:
i mainly clicked on this one cause i couldnt figure out what you meant by "QP" ;)

At least I wasn't the only one, I feel better now [img]smile.gif[/img]

Cool looking mod! Glad to hear it works good :D I would have thought the body would buckle...

[ October 30, 2003, 10:35 AM: Message edited by: bvibert ]

robselina 10-30-2003 04:47 AM

Thanks guys!

Merc - I'll try to take a couple more pictures of the area this weekend for ya.

As for QP, I could have sworn I'd seen the abreviation before! I'm probably just making this up as I go like usual :D

One note to those of you who try this, I made one significant mistake - I cut the panels as high as I could and just did a 90 degree weld to the 3/16" plate. It would probably be a lot stronger to leave 1" and fold it back and then weld it.

River Beast 10-30-2003 07:58 AM

VERY NICE!!! very clean looking as well... nice job...

I would caution you on something I noticed on the above pic.... STRAIGHTEN OUT THAT LEAF on the the rear left!! I have seen tires shreaded like that... just giving you a haeads up...

robselina 10-30-2003 12:42 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by River Beast:

I would caution you on something I noticed on the above pic.... STRAIGHTEN OUT THAT LEAF on the the rear left!! I have seen tires shreaded like that... just giving you a haeads up...

Thanks Todd. The overload spring moves every damn time I drive the truck. I'll loosen the u-bolts, move it back to straight position, re-torque u-bolts and 10 minutes later it's like that again. I don't think I"m torquing to spec, I broke my torque wrench and need another to make sure it's not loose u-bolts.

Bob Barry 10-30-2003 01:16 PM

You need to torque-down that center-bolt, and maybe add some spring-clamps! [img]smile.gif[/img]

River Beast 10-30-2003 03:27 PM

what he said... spring clamps are the way to go... and also tighten the centerpin... TIGHT

blt2krl 10-30-2003 03:34 PM

are they the factory springs minus the spring clamps? I bent my clamps up to keep the springs from faning left to right, but still allow them to seperate a bit.

Stolen76 10-31-2003 02:14 PM

I had to cut off my spring clips when I did the AAL. I replaced them with an "L" bracket. Just wrapped it around the spring pack and welded it together. I like the quarters, great idea.

Baldy 10-31-2003 02:31 PM

Those quarters are a great idea...will do it on my upcoming chero.

testuser 10-31-2003 03:52 PM

wanted to say that looks great. i hate the overhang on the wags...and the fact that you can beat on it inspires me to do it!!

great job!! thanks for sharing.

robselina 11-01-2003 03:09 PM

Thanks guys!

They're rusty's 4" lift springs. They have a very thick overload leaf, that's what moves. I'm swaping axles really soon by the looks of it, so I'll tighten down that center pin then. Thanks for the tip on that. I'll see what I can find in the way of clamps too, these springs have them, but they don't cover the overload spring.


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