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post #1 of 7 Old 06-16-2016, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Rock sliders, sealed or solid?

Looking to make a set of cut out rockers on my wj 2x8x1/4 thick. I live in Michigan and rust is a serious issue. Which application would be better, sealed, open ends, little 1/4 holes every foot or so?
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-16-2016, 09:12 PM
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You'd want them sealed so water can't get in.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-16-2016, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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What I thought, just wanted to make sure. Anything that's sealed can still develope moisture inside though right. This is why I ask?
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-19-2016, 11:06 AM
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If it is sealed, then no oxygen can get in, and no rust can develop.

To be completely correct, there will be a little oxygen inside the sealed tube, so some minor rust will develop. Then the rust will stop as soon as the oxygen in the tube is depleted.

Just make sure that all your welds are good


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If it is sealed, then no oxygen can get in, and no rust can develop.

To be completely correct, there will be a little oxygen inside the sealed tube, so some minor rust will develop. Then the rust will stop as soon as the oxygen in the tube is depleted.

Just make sure that all your welds are good
Awesome, thanks man. Wonder if throwing some of that Eastwood interior frame coating would be worth spraying in there before I weld the caps on? Dude, hate rust😲😲😲 crap ruins brand new vehicles up here in less than 5 years.... might be worth the 40 dollar investment, plus would think it might sound deaden them a little and make them slightly stronger. Hmmmmmm🤔
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Pretty sure you're overthinking it No need to coat the inside of the tube before welding.

You may also want to reevaluate your material size as 8 X 2 X .250 is really heavy. 3/16" (.188") wall should be plenty, is the 8x2 dimension necessary to fit inside your cutout?
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-21-2016, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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I meant to fix that- I will be using 3/16.

I'm going 2x8 so it will stick out 1/4" farther than the widest part of the body. It will hang over the exposed cut outs roughly an inch, allowing me to stitch weld to the floorboard. This is the smallest width of steel to accomplish what I am trying to achieve. Thanks! I just really hate rust, so I am going overkill!

Thanks, Jon
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