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Tube steps, home built

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Nick701, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:34 PM
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    Nick701

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    So I decided i wanted tube steps... I wanted them to be stream line, simple, not bulky, not expensive, etc. I decided to build them so i could make them like i want and it gave me something to do. So here is what i came up with...

    Started with $60 in steel and a general idea of what i wanted...
    20ft 1 1/4in tube and 13ft 1 in tube (yeah a little to much but i can always use extra)
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    10GA flat sheet
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    Card board cutout to make the brackets that fit
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    Trace it out...
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    And start cutting (I used a grinder with 4 1/2in cutoff wheel)
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    Grind and clean it up, used flap disks here mostly
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  2. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:35 PM
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    Nick701

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    The basic bracket put together
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    At this point I climbed under the truck bolted the bracket to the truck and aligned the 80in backbone tube inplace. Then I tack welded the remainding brackets inplace, removed and finished the welds.

    Basic frame completed.
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    On the truck
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    The steps will be next... (cutting tubing at 22.5 deg angles is not that easy with a 4.5in grinder, then notching tubing to fit.... it takes time)
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    stay tuned...
     
  3. Dec 25, 2011 at 4:39 AM
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    Damn no hits? This is perrty clever.
     
  4. Dec 25, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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  5. Dec 25, 2011 at 5:17 AM
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    Dude! Nice work. I really like the mounts
     
  6. Dec 25, 2011 at 6:08 AM
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    Nice that looks bitchen
     
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    Looking good, I can't wait to see them finished.
     
  9. Dec 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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  11. Dec 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    Nice. Always a feel of pride/personal satisfaction when you make something yourself. Enjoy.
     
  12. Dec 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM
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    do i hear group buy in the future.....
     
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    If so I hope the OP would get the plate laser cut to save all that cutting with a grinder, that's a pain in the ass.
     
  14. Dec 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM
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    Thanks guys! I love building stuff, think im gonna do skids and maybe a bumper when this is finished. I will have a few days off soon and next week off so it will get finished soon. I will keep you up to date.

    group buy? hmm that could be possible, lol lets see how this one turns out first
     
  15. Dec 25, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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    Wicked shit! I'd get a tube notcher if that's going to be the case :p.
     
  16. Dec 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM
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    Yeah i need one of those too, ill post pictures tomorrow of what i tried to make to notch tubing, lol. it didnt work out
     
  17. Dec 26, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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    I have a bunch more pictures, ill update in about 2 hours ;)
     
  18. Dec 26, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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    So here it is, took some time to finish them before work, let me know what you all think...;)

    Finished the steps
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    Getting the angle of the steps and location
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    Cleaned up the welds
    Flapdisk...
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    Sanding disk...
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    Welded steps to backbone
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    Cleaned up welds
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    Pluged the ends
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    Finished them off
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  19. Dec 26, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    Time for paint... I used truck bed liner in a spray can
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    Finished
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    Let me know what you all think, im excited ;)
     
  20. Dec 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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