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Location: Norfolk, Virginia

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:45 pm    Post subject: ALUMINUM SKID ADVISE Reply with quote

ok, ive decided that i am going to build aluminum skids for everything that i can buy a steel one for. to sum it up:
weld on LCA's
Gas Tank
Steering Box
Rockers or Boat Sidesand a TT

I looked around and found most underbody skids and rockers are made of 3/16" steel. 33 Engineering makes an aluminum TT that is 1/4" that is as strong as the 3/16 steel. I read a review on and they said good thigns about it. my initial thoughts are, well if aluminum is strong enough to a TT, then it should be strong enough for everything else. Then i remembered the TT has a steel truss, and now i have doubts as to the toughness of the aluminum. does anybody have first hand knowledge of aluminum and rocks. (i'm talking about 6061 to be specific).

I live in VA, so Paragon and Tellico are the 2 closest (and only places i know of) to do real wheel'n. i'm not going to do hardcore, b/c my Jeep is my DD. probably only green and blue trails at Paragon for those of you who have been there

i'm not going to cut the sides out of my jeep to the REAL boat sides, i'm thinking more like an addition to rockers
take this for example:
a sheet of aluminum w/ some steel bracing around the edges welded to the corner of the rockers, and screwed into the bottom of the frame (along w/ the TT)

it gives the smoothness for sliding over the occaisonal rock, and protects the body mounts. this brings about another question though, can the screws used to hold the rockers onto the body be taken in and allow access to the body mounts. btw, i'm not talking about buying rockers and welding boat sides onto them, it would be one custom peice

most of the posts will probably tell me its not worth it b/c steel is cheaper, easier to weld, and more durable, but unless this project becomes more expensive than buying the steel parts and having them shipped (quadratec is consistently the cheapest i have found w/ shipping factored in...for most items) i'm going w/ aluminum

and i'm thinking a smooth version of rhino lining for the skids, so the shiny aluminum stands out when i end up using the skids, and i can keep track of how they are holding up better
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Location: Eastern PA

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 4:26 am    Post subject: Re: ALUMINUM SKID ADVISE Reply with quote

Can you weld aluminum? Do you have the equipment and knowledge to do so? My assumption is no. The weld-on LCA do you plan on welding aluminum to steel? It doesn't work that way.

The other stuff you listed, would be made of aluminum if you know how to weld aluminum and then bolt that part to the Jeep.

As far as the rockers, you don't want to directly bolt the rockers to the body and the frame. The two parts flex independently (one of the reasons for rubber body mounts) and tying them together won't allow them to move around as designed. You can tie them into the body mounts, like the PSCs you linked to. In that case, they are between the mount and will allow independent flexing of the body and frame.

My last point....I wouldn't waste my money on rhinolining rocker guards. Too expensive to scrape off on a rock. Rattle can spray paint works nicely and it easier to touch up.
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