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Old 10-28-2003, 03:18 PM
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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:



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Old 10-28-2003, 04:25 PM
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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.
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Old 10-29-2003, 02:56 AM
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Old 10-29-2003, 04:52 AM
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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.

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Old 10-29-2003, 07:12 AM
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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!
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Old 10-29-2003, 08:09 AM
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</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! </font>[/quote]Well then, guess I know what I'm doing over Christmas break, among other things.

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Old 10-29-2003, 08:45 AM
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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?
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Old 10-29-2003, 10:33 AM
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ah thanks man! been looking for a good way to get rid of those holes!
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:50 AM
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i mainly clicked on this one cause i couldnt figure out what you meant by "QP"

nice work,tho. id do somethin like that if i still had any of my quarters
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Old 10-30-2003, 04:34 AM
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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 I would have thought the body would buckle...

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Old 10-30-2003, 04:47 AM
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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

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.
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Old 10-30-2003, 07:58 AM
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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...
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Old 10-30-2003, 12:42 PM
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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.
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Old 10-30-2003, 01:16 PM
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You need to torque-down that center-bolt, and maybe add some spring-clamps! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old 10-30-2003, 03:27 PM
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what he said... spring clamps are the way to go... and also tighten the centerpin... TIGHT
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Old 10-30-2003, 03:34 PM
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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.
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Old 10-31-2003, 02:14 PM
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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.
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Old 10-31-2003, 02:31 PM
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Those quarters are a great idea...will do it on my upcoming chero.
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Old 10-31-2003, 03:52 PM
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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.
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Old 11-01-2003, 03:09 PM
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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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