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Unread 11-28-2010, 04:04 AM   #31
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Lookin good paul, quite the fabricator...

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Unread 11-28-2010, 11:00 AM   #32
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Thanks....it's definitely an exercise in patience. Progress for today...bleh....1 foot of snow on the driveway...crap.
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Unread 11-28-2010, 11:49 AM   #33
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awesome build, congrats
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Unread 12-05-2010, 07:05 PM   #34
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Well, it's been a busy week, but we managed to get a few hours yesterday to work on the rails.

We completed one rail and had to make some minor tweaks because the mounts moved around a tiny bit with the final welds.

Sorry about the horrible pictures, Cell phone in a dark garage...

The rails are solid as a rock, they don't flex the tiniest amount.
Next is to get them cleaned up, primed and lined.....
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Unread 12-05-2010, 09:49 PM   #35
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looks great, nice work. next is a bumper up front..
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Unread 12-05-2010, 09:53 PM   #36
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Yeah, looking good! Did you decide how you're going to protect them?
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Unread 12-05-2010, 10:26 PM   #37
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they look great!

Cant wait to see them in action.
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Unread 12-06-2010, 06:12 AM   #38
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Yeah, looking good! Did you decide how you're going to protect them?
Yes, we're going to prime them and then paint the mounts with a couple coats of Rustoleum and then bedline the rest. My wife wants to do the diamond plate steps in silver....the jury is still out on that one..

I have enough leftover material from this project that we're thinking about doing the spare tire rack next...I'd like to get the weight of the tire off the tailgate.
Just need to find an acceptable bearing for the pivot.

Thanks for the replies and the interest, this has been a really rewarding project.
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Unread 12-06-2010, 01:05 PM   #39
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Terrific job. Those puppies arenít going anywhere.

One thing though. In one of those pics it looks like the rear of the rails is actually past the pinch seam although it could just be the angle of the photo. If so, that could be a potential problem later on.
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Unread 12-06-2010, 01:08 PM   #40
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Further up in the thread, I posted a good side shot, I left plenty of clearance to cut the pinch seam as part of this project....
Learned that from this forum!!!
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Unread 12-06-2010, 01:16 PM   #41
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Thanks, I remember seeing that now, just forgot about it. Plenty of clearance for any size you go with. Again, terrific job.
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Unread 12-06-2010, 02:15 PM   #42
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Thanks.
I left the one rail on to let my daughter test it out. Drove the jeep to work today and it rained....it's absolutely AMAZING how fast rust forms!!! WOW.
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Unread 12-06-2010, 08:13 PM   #43
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Canít wait to see the finished product - hopefully youíll get some good light for the pics.

Itís great having some unique hand made parts on your Jeep - especially when everyone thinks you bought them!
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Unread 12-07-2010, 12:08 PM   #44
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If you are making bumpers in the same awesome quality as your rock rails i would seriously buy one off of you
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Unread 12-14-2010, 07:10 AM   #45
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If you are making bumpers in the same awesome quality as your rock rails i would seriously buy one off of you
Bumpers and spare tire carrier are our next project(s). I have enough material left over from this one to do the carrier, just looking for a decent pivot.
My brother in law is getting a really nice air compressor for X-Mas and that is going to help things alot... We've been dealing with a crappy, semi-broken two tank pancake compressor so far.
He's made bumpers for his 4-Runner that I really like and will most likely do something similar, but I think we're going to make a run at the rear bumper/spare tire rack first.
I've also been thinking about trying to work in a couple Jerry can brackets, but don't know if I want to kick the back out that far. We've talked about making a carrier that you can toss onto a receiver hitch so you can use it when you want and leave it home when you don't. Not sure yet.
My biggest problem is that I can't visualize very well, I have to actually start making something and the shape comes out as I go.

Just a quick update,
Got both rails finish welded and fit, one rail is mostly cleaned up, we should be ready to seal them up, paint and bedline this weekend depending on the weather. I'm really excited to see them on.
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