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PostSubject: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:35 pm

Looking for somewhere to buy some metal, I want to play around with making my own sliders. I have seen it at Lowes but I am hoping there is somewhere that has a better price. Just something simple like this. And if all goes well I may have a go at a rear bumper.



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PostSubject: metal direct   Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:22 pm

I moved to Asheville from Chapel Hill. I got steel from a place between raliegh and durham. Maybe garner steel or something been years. Google it, there are some choices in that area.
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:51 pm

Gregory welding off hodge street has plenty of steel. It's where I have gotten all the square tube for my driveshafts. There is another place downtown but the name slips my mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:19 pm

Unless you buy it at good lengths IE. 20' stick you are gonna get ripped off.

If you need a big amount Dillon Supply sells it fairly cheap, not the best pricing, or best people to work with, but it'll do. They don't deal with normal consumers often I guess, when I go in there ordering 20' pieces at a time they look at me funny.
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:24 pm

Cool, thanks guys, guess I will just pick it up at Lowes or Home Depot.
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:55 pm

what sizes are you looking for? round ? square? angle? flat? channel??
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:49 pm

Square and plate like is in the picture in the first post. Just a simple style rock rail.
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:00 pm

well with that you will need 2 20' sticks of 2" tube and at least 48" of 4"x 3/8" flat stock... ...i can get you the material and even cut it for you so that it can be transported ...hell ill even build it for you..lol...
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:10 pm

What kind of costs would I be looking at for just parts/cut and then for parts cut and welded?

This is where I got the design
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/4x4-off-road-tech/106626-home-fabricated-sliders-rock-rails.html
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:22 pm

let me make a call on monday as it is too late for me to call my supplier...i wont charge you anything for cutting...thats simple enough in itself..let me make the calls and ill let you know on monday...and i would also go with 3/8" plate instead of 1/4" as the gentleman in the link did...
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:25 pm

Great, thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:40 pm

no problem...glad to help...
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PostSubject: rails   Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:14 pm

I'd go with 3/16 square for the rails, and 1/4 plate for the mounts. I would also build the backing plates as tall as you can to spread the load, and add 45 degree braces on top of rail returns to meet the plates that'll hold you. This is how I built my 1st set for my old xj. I beat that rig until it wouldn't move, and it still had perfect rock rails. (no roof or windshield left though.
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:39 pm

Good info, thanks. I dont plan on doing any hard core riding but I would hate to center something and crush any body panels.
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PostSubject: what degree    Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:14 pm

what degree are the rock rails set at as I've noticed all the rails are set down to clear the rockers. Looks like 10 degrees fronm the internet pics I've seen.
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PostSubject: Re: Where to buy steel locally (inexpensive)    Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:16 pm

thats about what it is...all the sliders i have built were set at 10 degrees...
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PostSubject: nice    Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:53 pm

Thanks that was just my guesstimate.
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