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Unread 07-18-2010, 11:40 PM   #1
kuruma
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Rockers/Corners Material

Hello Fabricators,
Just looking for some advice on fabbing up some of the above items. Do most use plate steel to make these or angle iron? I'm new to welding but have a mentor to guide me through the process a bit. Also with this any advantage/disadvantage with using diamond plate versus regular plate? Right now I have the stock rockers that come on an LJ Rubicon and they leave a little to be desired. They seem to be pretty much dress up items. Trying to incorporate some fabbed step bars into this as well, if that would effect anything. I'd be using MIG wire to get all this done. Never done any TIG and I am horrible at stick welding. Doesn't have to be the prettiest thing at prom but it can't be looking like boot camp chow either. Any advice would be great.

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Unread 07-19-2010, 12:05 AM   #2
Joe Dillard
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I have used angle iron, and plate steel.

This set, I made ~2 weeks ago for a friends TJ. They are 3/16" plate that I had bent in a press brake, and the tubes are bent to 45*.

The bottom has an integrated drop step that contours the tub for the TJ.


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Unread 07-19-2010, 12:50 AM   #3
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Thanks Joe,
I can't see them right now because I'm at work but it's good info. And hey whadaya know? You're right down the road from me !! Maybe I'll ask you to help me fab some stuff one of these days. or at least talk over some corner designs. Thanks again.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 10:32 AM   #4
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Thanks Joe,
I can't see them right now because I'm at work but it's good info. And hey whadaya know? You're right down the road from me !! Maybe I'll ask you to help me fab some stuff one of these days. or at least talk over some corner designs. Thanks again.
You're welcome.

If you're near Fallbrook, I'm about 45 minutes drive away in Rancho San Diego, near Cuyamaca College.

Feel free to shoot me a PM & we can yack. I do fab work in my garage several days a week.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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That looks great! 3/16 plate added to ideas.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 11:40 PM   #6
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both of mine are made are made of 3/16s plate. i used to have corners made of diamond plate and they held up fine but i dont like how they look.

i have a write up of my rockers in my sig and my corners are in my build. there are quite a few very clean rockers in here (fab forum) and ive seen it done very well with both angle iron and people with a nice big press break. but ive also seen it done not so well. just take your time and dont settle for "well im just not that good at fabricating" bc everyone is capable of doing clean work, the difference is how much time it takes. so biggest suggestion is be patient

and we look forward to the outcome!
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Unread 07-21-2010, 07:50 PM   #7
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I know it isnt a wrangler but I did 3/16 diamond plate rockers on my zj and like the look of them I also have a diamond plate bumper. I need to add the steps but for now they work well.
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