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post #1 of 3 Old 10-03-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Boatsides - Some fab questions

Hey guys,

Im pretty set on fabbing up boatsides for my YJ. I have done a fair amount of research and looked around on here for a bit. I even read through E-rocks build on his boatsides (

I love the idea of them, but IM not sure how far I want to come down with them. Im looking for some advice from those of you that have them. Does it make sense to come to the bottom of the frame and tie into a skid plate or would just stopping at the top of the frame suffice? Im not sure I like the idea of leaving the body mounts exposed.

If anyone has pics of what they have done I would love to see them.

Thanks guys!

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-03-2012, 04:03 PM
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I think to get the strength from the plate, which is also the new rocker and floor, it needs to come back under and tie into the body. Also, if you went straight at an angle to the bottom of the frame, you would cover the body mounts. You would have to remove that whole piece to get to the body mounts if needed.

I think I would consider making some sort of skid/cover for the body mounts.

Kilby Ent makes some 'body clams'
I think something could be fabbed easier thoand simpler though.

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Yeah I see what you are saying, but I still see the mounts (skids or not) as hang up points. Will I hang up on them all the time, or even once in awhile? Maybe, maybe not, but I think I would rather take them out of the equation all together. Maybe making an access panel(s) in the boatside with recessed screws to get at the body mounts if need be would do the trick. I could fab some structure under the boatside (between bottom of floor and top of boatside) for an attachment point.

It makes sense in my head anyway, execution maybe a differant story.
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