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WarFab Armor dorks

Discussion in 'Colorado' started by In4aride, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Aug 27, 2019 at 3:52 PM
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Ok ok ok. I cave. I'll do a local thread. By all means please still feel free to pm or text or whatever if you have any questions you don't want to ask here. I'll try and keep this about us as a whole, our shenanigans, our work, and other projects.

    Contact info:
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    970-209-4017




    So the basics. WarFab is a play on words with the long name of West-slope Armor & Recovery fabrication. WarFab is a lot easier, and plays into our theme.
    We grew up in a very military family, from pilots, to infantry, flight crew, and even a few missile geeks in their to balance all the Marines lol. We wanted to pay homage to that life, and we also always have a military/first responder discount.
    Where did WarFab come from? Well there was a few parts of this puzzle. Mike was a service tech (aka parts hanger) and service manager for several years on the front range before being involved in a jeep shop in Denver doing fab work and installs. Ultimately stepping away for a while to enjoy it more as a hobby while in the oilfield. Brian was fresh out the books for blueprint, cad, and welding. Both having spent a lot of time off road and exploring what different vehicles and parts could do. Upon getting into Tacoma life, it quickly became apparent there was a lack of wheeling based parts available, and that companies were screwing folks pretty handily on what was acceptable prices, times, and concepts. So the build and test of different parts began.

    Fast forward to current, and we are trying to mix up a variety of parts that make sense for offroading. Not claiming 'trail proven' on roads where you'll see your local suburban or Subaru. Rather, pushing the parts on big rocks, big ledges, hard drops, etc. We test everything we sell in HREW material. Even stuff we only sell in DOM. We want to test everything as weak as possible to make sure it'll hold together better for our customers.
    Does our philosophy fit everyone? Definitely not. But we aren't trying to appeal to everyone either. We are just addressing a void we saw in the market. #maketacomasrockcrawlersagain


    Below I'll posts some of our stuff, some projects, some of our abuse we give our parts, etc etc. Thanks for checking us out. If you have any questions, or want to talk some trash, this is your place.
     
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  2. Aug 27, 2019 at 3:52 PM
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    One of the First things we tackled was some armor pieces. The first being the Hitch skids.
    The rear of these trucks drag everything, going up ledges, or coming down them, you're all but guaranteed to smack your hitch or bumper caps. While a rear bumper to avoid this is great, its also super expensive, and out of the budget for most people. Enter the hitch skid.
    We offer the Patton which is simply just the skid
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    The abrams which has the step
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    And the Sheridan which utilizes a shackle mount where all welds are tig root and mig capped
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    Some random skid shots
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    Then we also started working on the sliders. Really focusing on two types, the old school box, and all tube. personally I dig thd all tube Pattons just out of aesthetics. But we offer dom and HREW options, Full bolt on. And we are the first ones to utilize tying into the cab mount. Now R4T has tried to mimic this, but their tie in is a fair bit less helpful than what we do. We tie in there because dropping off ledges, and tires slipping off means the front of the sliders are generally going to take the hardest hits, so need the most support. We have tried our best to beat the crap out of these sliders, even teeter totter - ing the truck on the sliders, and have had zero cab or pinch seam contact, and these are HREW sliders we are running.
    Anyway. heres some visuals.
    Laser cut brackets and gussets
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    The Abrams Box main.
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    And the Patton all tube.
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    The Pattons definitely are the more common we sell.
     
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Then on to bumpers. We are definitely outside the box here! Most companies offer big bulky plate bumpers, Face their fairleads down toward the ground, and add a ton of stuff that's, well, unnecessary in our view. We needed a bumper to have great clearance, hole the winch, protect the fairlead, not weigh a ton, and be able to take some bumps and scrapes. The bumper on our truck was the first run. I think @YamaDirtrider saw the truck when we were playing with the idea of a dipped center, and we just did not like the look at all. Since then, we have moved to a laser cut mount, noded tube joints, winch raised almost 2", and recovery points that don't eat up clearance by sticking out like a sore thumb. The shackle mounts are tied into the winch tray, tube, and fairlead mount. The plate up front is completely optional, and we think our next bumper will be plateless, as the look is growing on me.
    Anyway, here is out Warthog front in its growth.
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    On the rear, we don't need to haul the kitchen sink. We don't do that kind of wheeling. We needed high clearance, solid recover points, and, yeah, high clearance. We are excited as we have a few orders for these rolling out. So we can show the difference between our "pilot run" rear and the production version. Plus one is doing a swing out! So stoked to get that stuff out!

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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Ok, we are getting there. Another part of what we do, is involvement with circle track racing. Our great friend, Tip, has been looking for something to keep him rolling after leaving active duty. Racing isn't cheap, even with these dwarf cars, so we told him we would help him out as much as we could, and try and fuel his, and others passion. We found at the races its a great community and unfortunately a lot of folks have to bow out of races as replacement nerfs are usually out of state, take a few weeks to get, and are rather expensive for a "consumable" part of racing. So we are building jigs and starting production for common chassis to help make parts more readily available. Next season we hope to be more active at the races and maybe have a service trailer out to help guys fix and make parts between heats.
    So far Tip has done great, and now in his 'new' car has won 3 in a row (crazy what learning in a 25+ year old car does when you finally get some new parts under ya) and is in contention to win the sportsman series.
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    We also are starting to offer some swag. Yeah, the fun stuff. We have done hats and stickers of course, but now we are getting into hoodies and eventually beanies and shirts. These hoodies are super comfy fleece and the crop top for ladies seems to be a style we think is coming back big (having a fashion lady in the house helps with these decisions.

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    We also do custom stuff or odd jobs. We have built a set of custom 1G sliders for a gal in Denver, done shock relocations for a board member here. We are even in process of building him a custom rear bumper with the 'kitchen sink' attached. We can handle most jobs. We can build stuff in cad and get parts through laser or waterjet. Turn around time on those is what eats up a bit of our lead times. But if youre looking for something, curious if something would work, or just need a touch up on something let us know.
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    Thanks folks!
     
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  5. Aug 27, 2019 at 4:27 PM
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    YamaDirtrider

    YamaDirtrider Custom armor @FORT-ifyRigs

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    What hasn't been modified?
  6. Aug 27, 2019 at 4:32 PM
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    I'll finish updating this when we wrap up for the day.
     
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  7. Aug 27, 2019 at 5:44 PM
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    wait, what was reserved? what did I miss?
     
  8. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:11 PM
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    tacotroy17

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    I like the hitch skid with step.
     
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  9. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Just saving spots so I could go back and edit the posts with the info I wanted in there. I am done now.

    Right now is a great time, we have 10% off going through labor day and flat $15 shipping on all skids. We've been getting skids out within 2-3 days from order. Check the site in my sig :gossip:to see what we have. (discount is automatically adjusted in cart)
     
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  10. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:53 PM
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    Digging that rear bumper. Respect!
     
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  11. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:56 PM
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Thanks. It was our rough draft for what we wanted, and proved it was a good idea. Cant wait to show the ones we are building right now. Talked with the guys that ordered and are making some tweaks to fit what they're looking for. :headbang:
     
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  12. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:57 PM
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    apocataco2015 Well-Known Member

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    Rock on man. I’ve def got my eye on that rear bumper. There just aren’t really any tube styles out there.
     
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  13. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:58 PM
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Ill definitely be keeping this updated with new stuff as we go.
     
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  14. Aug 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM
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    Subbed!
     
  15. Aug 27, 2019 at 7:03 PM
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    St.Germain

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    kinda liking this bumper..

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    do you have any product info or storefront setup?
     
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Thank you. As I was mentioning above, this one was definitely the rought draft of what we wanted to build. We do have some info on the website here: https://warfabarmor.com/collections/bumpers/products/high-clearance-phantom-rear
    and will be posting more as we build these few going out, one with a swing out setup. If you have any other questions just holler. We try to answer in a timely manner.
     
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    TomTwo

    TomTwo I CAN FIX THAT

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    Great looking products, I added this to my watch list.
     
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    Bit tame compared to some, but was happy to have your sliders on the truck last week while in Oklahoma.

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  19. Aug 27, 2019 at 7:11 PM
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Hey man! glad to see you putting them to use. Any time out and about is good, doesn't have to be crazy.
     
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    In4aride

    In4aride [OP] www.warfabarmor.com

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    Might as well ad this here as well. We are working on a slider install video as well. As folks who have bought our sliders can vouch, where brackets move to, and the cab mount tie in can be a bit overwhelming if you're not used to what to look for. So we are trying to film to clear some of that up :thumbsup:



    We definitely aren't perfect by any means, and always look for ways to improve. We try and keep a good line of communication open and make sure folks are happy. So any constructive notes are always welcome!
     

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