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Old 04-15-2010, 07:18 AM
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Looking under my truck recently I think I'm going to have to remove the sliders this summer. My rocker panels and pinch welds are creased and bent up and the paint is flaking off to bare metal when the sliders have impacted. Another winter will not be kind to the paint I'm afraid.

So what is the best method for removing welded-to-the-frame sliders? Bill made scab plates that he welded to my frame, to which is attached the slider legs with corner bracing. My thinking is that it's best to leave the scab plates welded to the frame, cut the legs and grind the welds flush to the scab plates. That way if sliders ever get put back on they would be welded to those plates and not subject the frame to another weld.
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You can stop by my house this weekend and use the plasma cutter and then grind clean. Or if it can not reach an area we have the sawzall too. LMK I will be working all weekend loooonnngggg.
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Dave could you cut the arms so you leave a little stub coming off the scab plates? Then when you reattach, could you use a larger piece of square tubing as a coupler? And for that matter, heck put bolts through both ends of the coupler and stubs so you'd have bolt-on sliders?
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Dave could you cut the arms so you leave a little stub coming off the scab plates? Then when you reattach, could you use a larger piece of square tubing as a coupler? And for that matter, heck put bolts through both ends of the coupler and stubs so you'd have bolt-on sliders?
As soon as I read the word 'stub' the light bulb went off. Then I found myself saying 'duh' when I read that last sentence. Duh. That's EXACTLY why I posted what might seem like an obvious question, for that 'ah ha' moment. If I do it carefully I might even be able to salvage these, eh.
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As soon as I read the word 'stub' the light bulb went off. Then I found myself saying 'duh' when I read that last sentence. Duh. That's EXACTLY why I posted what might seem like an obvious question, for that 'ah ha' moment. If I do it carefully I might even be able to salvage these, eh.

Right on. Something like this, right?
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I always do the opposite nak, sleeve on the inside to keep it incognito.
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I always do the opposite nak, sleeve on the inside to keep it incognito.
Yeah probably depends on the availability of tubing too, right? Do you re-weld yours, or through bolt it?
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when I need to sleeve things I drill a couple holes in the outer tubing and plug weld.
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I was thinking the same thing. Cut the outrigger half way and then sleeve it inside or outside, and you could bolt, weld or whatever. I think your biggest issue at that point will be a tight fitting sleeve setup.

Sorry to hear about the damage Dave. Is there anyway to avoid it in the future when you bolt them back on?
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