This is my first from scratch fab project for the YJ. I decided to make sliders out of some 1 1/2" used gas pipe that I picked up from the local metal scrap yard for $18.00. It is very thick walled (almost 1/4") so I had some problems with the bender. There are some indents from the bender rollers but overall I think they came out pretty good and they are functional.
The first stage of them is 53" long and the part with the bend is approximatley 48" long. The 53" bar runs level with the center of the frame and the outer bar is angled to stop around 1/2" below the bottom rocker panel on the tub. We mounted them to the frame with self-tapping bolts.
The front end is getting some TLC at the same time. You will notice the passenger side fender is off. We replaced that and cut both sides for a set of TJ flares (the back has already been modified). I also got off my lazy butt and installed a new vapor canister and fixed the washer pump so that I could see out the front window.
I had help from my co-worker/friend from the list here; PSUxjJeeper He is the skinny guy in some of the pictures.
1. The material before starting:
2. Bending the 90's:
3. All of the parts prior to welding (we tacked them together, made sure they fit and then welded everything together):
4. After final welding:
5. We used a simple jig made out of 2 x 4 blocks and clamps to match the angle on both sides:
6. Final product before painting:
7. Painted with Chassis Saver before installation. I will be painting with Monstaliner when I do the interior and exterior in a few weeks:
8. Installed on the drivers side:
9. Bottom view after installation:
10. Passengers side installed: