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Advantage/Dis-Advantages of welding vs. bolt-on

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SPORT, May 6, 2011.

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Do you prefer to bolt-on or welded rock sliders? Why?

Poll closed Jun 5, 2011.
  1. Weld the damn thing on! It ain't going anywhere.

    49 vote(s)
    45.4%
  2. Bolt on for easy removal/replace

    39 vote(s)
    36.1%
  3. Glued on. huh? (Elmers)

    20 vote(s)
    18.5%
  1. May 6, 2011 at 4:06 AM
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    SPORT

    SPORT [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Contemplating Rock Sliders and wanted to hear your thoughts concerning the bolt on version vs. the weld on version.

    Pros? Cons?

    All suggestions welcome!
     
  2. May 6, 2011 at 4:16 AM
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    yotamikez

    yotamikez Street glide or die

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    My only .02 is weld ons are cheaper. Bolt ons usually cost more (from what I have seen) I guess it depends what resources you have. If you have a buddy who welds or dont mind payin a shop go that route. If you dont bu bolt ons. I'm not sure if their is a difference strength wise tho?

    So im voting weld on, cause thats the route im going.
     
  3. May 6, 2011 at 4:25 AM
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    jandrews

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    Weld on is less expensive, they take less time and material to fabricate.

    Either way your frame warranty is fucked because you're either welding to the frame or drilling bolt holes.

    I would say weld-on myself.
     
  4. May 6, 2011 at 5:40 AM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    I'd go with weld ons do a search there's a pretty big thread about this iirc
     
  5. May 6, 2011 at 5:42 AM
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    SPORT

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    I think that just solidified my thoughts.

    Thanks

    Rick
     
  6. May 6, 2011 at 5:46 AM
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    dexterdog

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    I have been known to dress up like a clown or act like a clown and I have a MIG wire feed welder but I wouldn't use it to make rock sliders.
     
  7. May 6, 2011 at 5:52 AM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    sure there are plenty of holes already in the frame, but they are not all in ideal spots to support an impact or weight on the sliders. as far as the weld ons, they can be taken off w/ a grinder, frame smoothed, a coat of paint, and no one would ever be the wiser.
     
  8. May 6, 2011 at 6:22 AM
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    hellrazor004

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    In the same boat....trying to decide which route to take.
     
  9. May 6, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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    I went weld on. 4x Innovations fabricates a real nice kit and has them set up to be weld-on or bolt-on. I went the bolt on route. Really wasn't that bad. I marked the holes for the plate and drilled holes with a angle drill. Then bolted the plates to the frame, set the sliders in place, tacked them up, pulled them off and welded the rest on the ground. Now its easy to take them off and paint them whenever need be.

    They are supper tough too! came down on them hard more than a few times with only paint scratched off on the sliders. :)

    Pap
     
  10. May 6, 2011 at 6:57 AM
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    This is ridiculously inaccurate information. While I went with Bolt-on, they need to be bolted in locations where it counts.

    RZ Rob

    Exhibit A:
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  11. May 6, 2011 at 7:02 AM
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    Lol.. I was thinking that sounds familiar.. Then I remembered I wheeled with you at RC. Those sliders look good.


    I ordered a set of Demello hybrid bolt ons. Even though they are pricey, I like the ability to take them off easily and re sell them if I decide too.
     
  12. May 6, 2011 at 7:50 AM
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    2) LAW. In some jurisdictions, it may be against the law to operate a vehicle on the road if the frame has been modified.[/QUOTE]

    In the states I have never heard of this, maybe in canada its different
     
  13. May 6, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    Can you point to credible sources indicating these are illegal?
     
  14. May 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    I vote bolt on. I have Shrockworks and they are strong. I'm not too worried about drilling some holes in the frame. Very pleased with them.

    I would also like to see proof about the law and frame modifications.
     
  15. May 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    It's crazy some of the stuff that's illegal. My truck is illegal because I have wheel spacers, my mud flaps aren't down to the lowest part of the wheel, my windows are tinted, my tires stick out past my fenders, I have tinted tail lights, and because the hood scoop and bug deflector block some of my vision.
     
  16. May 6, 2011 at 8:24 AM
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  17. May 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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    DHK - please provide detailed pics of your self-built sliders that use only factory bolt hole locations.

    Also, please cite even ONE jurisdiction in the US where it is illegal to weld attachments to the frame on trucks.
     
  18. May 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    you'd get caught w/ them if they were bolt on or weld on...
     
  19. May 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM
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    Seabass

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    You don't really care, do you.
    I'm under the belief that weld-ons, when done right, make the frame stronger. Avid hooked mine up, and the plates that these are welded to could only make the frame stronger at those points. I don't trust a few bolts to hold up the entire weight of my truck when I know that the welds will hold.

    If I wanted bolt-ons, I would have gotten shiny nerf bars.
     
  20. May 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    only if you use shoddily built ones that wouldnt supprt anything using the existing holes. frame mounted nerf bars used existing holes b/c they were simply steps and not built to support a hit.
     
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