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post #46 of 927 Old 05-09-2009, 09:53 PM
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I just installed a dual rate anti sway bar. And I have been looking at aluminum belly skids. So based on my level of savvy I figure your aluminum tummy tucks should hit the market about three months after I decide I cant wait any longer Is that something we might see this year?

It looks like there is a new gas tank skid in my future. Looks great Blaine, good job!

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post #47 of 927 Old 05-09-2009, 10:19 PM
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Looks very nice Blaine. I'm sure it will perform well given the design expertise behind it.

But one thing....don't you know it is going to gouge and get hung up on the rocks. Everyone knows that is what aluminum does....and steel just slides right over it.

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Thanks everyone for the reception! Blaine and I (well Blaine) have been working really hard to provide the best possible skid and products to you for a reasonable price.

We just became a vendor here so I hope it's OK now to try and explain further what we are doing and have planned in the future. The skid is our first product we have brought to market and is the tip of the iceberg.

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I just installed a dual rate anti sway bar. And I have been looking at aluminum belly skids. So based on my level of savvy I figure your aluminum tummy tucks should hit the market about three months after I decide I cant wait any longer Is that something we might see this year?

It looks like there is a new gas tank skid in my future. Looks great Blaine, good job!
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Chris,

That's one nice looking skid! I really like how it looks with the body lift! I guess I'm going to have to lift my Unlimited as well.

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That looks great!! Would you like a beta tester in the corrosion capital of the rust belt (Michigan)? LOL. Rust has been one of the biggest reasons I haven't put any armor on my Jeep yet. I have seen too many that look horrible after only one winter here.

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Chris,

That's one nice looking skid! I really like how it looks with the body lift! I guess I'm going to have to lift my Unlimited as well.

Thanks for the support!
Anytime!

My 2 favorite pics - No more trackbar rubbing on the skid!

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Uh, yeah . . .NO!

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Good work. I come from a family of pilots and I grew up working on small airplanes with my Father, I am also an avid mountainbiker, so I know how amazing aluminum can be. I am declaring a moratorium on all my armor purchases until I see your entire product line. In fact I have a feeling I will be replacing a few of my less than savvy purchases with your products.
Yep, we understand the weight penalties and have been on that soap box for years. Now we have a conduit to finally put our money where our mouth has been.

We have our development in full swing and have a full range of products in the queue that will significantly improve how a rig performs. There's simply no need to run around with a rig that's bloated and overweight simply to get a bit of protection where you most need it.

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Send me one to put it through a NE winter. It looks good. Definately pick one up soon.
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I just installed a dual rate anti sway bar. And I have been looking at aluminum belly skids. So based on my level of savvy I figure your aluminum tummy tucks should hit the market about three months after I decide I cant wait any longer Is that something we might see this year?

It looks like there is a new gas tank skid in my future. Looks great Blaine, good job!
We have a policy of not releasing info about products in development. I abhor companies that make promises that aren't kept, so the best I can tell you is your future is looking pretty bright.

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Looks very nice Blaine. I'm sure it will perform well given the design expertise behind it.

But one thing....don't you know it is going to gouge and get hung up on the rocks. Everyone knows that is what aluminum does....and steel just slides right over it.
Thanks Stu, if it performs half as well as I expect it to, it will exceed expectations quite nicely.

And yeah, I've heard all the stories about aluminum.

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Anytime!

My favorite 2 pics - No more trackbar rubbing on the skid!

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Stock skid "good enough"?




Uh, yeah . . .NO!
Yes, big thanks Chris for the last minute rush getting that installed for us. It is very much appreciated.

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Nice. It's about time someone jumped on the aluminum bandwagon. And the no rust part is a BIIIIIIIG Plus!
It's a pretty small bandwagon. For the most part I feel like I'm one of the few that's been beating that drum over the years.

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I want wheel well to well rocker guards with at tube on the side for an LJ. Also full aluminum corner gurads with a tube and as much stretch as you can get with the tank under the jeep and using your savvy skid. Better hurry up before I get a spool gun for my welder

Seriously though I really like seeing aluminum armor coming to the market place. I estimate my armor skids and bumpers are adding 400lbs and thats without a rear bumper or gas tank skid If I can cut that in half I will be very happy.

How well does aluminum tube bend vs steel? Also hows it hold up against rocks/trees such as sliders see on a regular basis? Is that even an option or maybe thats why you used plastic stock on this rig. Running a top most the time I dont want to mess it up and my side armor and rocker guards have saved it more than I can count.
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Is that even an option or maybe thats why you used plastic stock on this rig.
Where's the plastic?
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