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Homemade skid plates?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by NC15TRD, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Aug 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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    Revco

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    No pics of mine, they aren't finished or installed yet, but they are 1/4" 6061 Aluminum. I built mock-up pieces at work out of thin gauge aluminum to figure out the fitment and clearance, then transferred that info to the 1/4" plate aluminum. All bends, holes, and notches done on an Ironworker. I still need to weld up the mount spacers and add some sectional support on the topsides before installing them. I'll post up pics and more info when I get them wrapped up.

    I built them with aluminum for two reasons. 1. I had a few 4x8 sheets of 1/4" 6061 Aluminum that have been taking up space in my shop for the last several years, 2. It's way lighter than Steel and I want to keep my little Reg Cab as light as I can.

    The 1/4" 6061 Aluminum weighs 3.5 lbs/sqft, where 3/16" Mild Steel weighs 7.65 lbs/sqft and 1/4" Mild Steel weighs 10.2 lbs/sqft. So the weight savings are massive when compared to steel. I won't be doing any hardcore crawling, so I'm sure they'll suit my needs just fine.
     
  2. Aug 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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    Steve W

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    Great posts, pictures and ideas. Thanks!
     
  3. Oct 8, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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    DO YOU HAVE A TOTAL COST ON THEM?
     
  4. Nov 10, 2013 at 6:32 AM
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    Thanks for this idea, I used this idea to build a rear diff skid. I would not have taken on that project without this method of making bends because there are so many angles. I only have a stick welder and table vise and some clamps. Thanks again, Box Rocket
     
  5. Nov 10, 2013 at 6:35 AM
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    I made my own tranny skid. Really simple design though.
     
  6. Nov 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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    :headbang: Glad I could help.
     
  7. Nov 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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    Pics?
     
  8. Nov 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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    Re routed exhaust, smoothed out the hump on the Allpro skid. Then attached the long tranny skid from the ifs to the tcase skid.

    Flat belly is great
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Nov 15, 2013 at 6:23 AM
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    I'm definitely going to have a reroute done. I don't want that ridiculous pipe hanging down that low.
     
  10. Nov 15, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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  11. Feb 27, 2014 at 9:39 AM
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    Subbing for future reference. Thinking about having a buddy of mine work with me to fab up a skid.
     
  12. Feb 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM
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    Subed!

    Are y'all welding the cross supports to the frame?
     
  13. Feb 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM
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    I didn't weld any of the skid to the frame. The rear crossmember on my belly skid is part of the skid. there are brackets welded to the frame that it bolts to.
     
  14. Feb 27, 2014 at 8:01 PM
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    Oh!! I see what ya did there! Did you custom make the brackets or order them?
     
  15. Feb 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM
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    I used some I got from Ruffstuff
     
  16. Mar 3, 2014 at 6:34 AM
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    does yours cover the T-case too?
     
  17. Mar 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM
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    I built my front bumper for $350 my rear bumper for about $85, tire carrier for another $60, roof rack was $80ish and rock sliders for about $125, skids and bed rack are on the list, definitely cheaper than buying, front bumper alone with shipping would put me out $1800 or more
     
  19. Mar 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM
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    I built this all 3/16" plate and 1" X 2" tubing. Rear mounting is similar to Box Rocket's.
     
  20. Jun 9, 2014 at 8:37 AM
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    bump for next project :popcorn:
     
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