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Old 08-13-2014, 08:12 AM
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Default Best way to cut 3/16" steel without damaging powdercoat?

Picked up a set of tundra sliders as it was too good a deal to pass up. They will fit the 100 lengthwise just right if cut the rear section off after the last flat piece that connect the main square tube tot he round tube. A friend has a plasma cutter but am guessing that may damage the powderdoating in that area way beyond just the cut (this is just a guess) so wanted to see if the experts here could give me any ideas. Also am pretty sure the tundra mounting brackets will not work so I was also thinking of cutting those off and having three extensions welded from the sliders to the frame directly. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:24 AM
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Hacksaw, bandsaw, jig saw with a metal blade, etc. You can use a cut off wheel on an angle grinder (My preferred method) but you'll likely hurt a small amount of the powder coat next to the cut.

Just hit it with some spray paint afterwards. First time you use those things you'll go straight through the powdercoat and have nice little rust scars.
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Thanks, didnt realize the jig saw would go through that thickness easily. Will get some metal blades and give it a shot.
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good advise above.. but if you are cutting so much and even welding new brackets to the sliders you may end up re-powdercoating anyways....
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I agree, you will burn some powder coating no matter what. That said, slap some rustoleum industrial on them and enjoy them.
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If you're going to have to weld on new supports, you'll have to grind down the area for the welds anyway in order to get good penetration. I just like to say "good penetration"

As for cutting off the end, a metal band saw would be ideal, but an angle grinder with cutoff wheel will be quick. It will just melt the powder coating slightly next tot the cut.
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The sawzall actually did pretty nice work on the sliders but you are correct as some grinding will be needed before welding supports on and will just rattle can it afterwords. Now just need to find time and a welder and get everything there to get them on. Drive me crazy walking past them every morning and they are on the floor instead of on the truck.
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Time cant help with but welder i can if you want to come north.
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that is very cool of you to offer. tied up this weekend with dads big 70th festivities but will see about taking you up on the offer sometime. I happily reciprocate in beer
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