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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2002, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Rocker Panels

Oooops did I say "new" Rocker Panels,.. I meant to say,"no" Rocker panels. They are gone!
Its a lot of work to do it this way but it gives a lot more clearance at the body with really no down side.
I used 1 3/4" .250 DOM at the new rocker tube.
I also had to build a new mid span pillar out of tubing (behind the door opening). The tub had to be reinforced at the body mounts.
The system basicly gives the tub an inner roll cage, that can handle moch nore abuse at the corners and such. New sheet metal skin can easily be removed and replaced.
The bed rail will get 2 bars(one high, one low) to support the fender wells and rear area. everything gets tied into the cage also.It will shave a couple hundred pounds off the weight also.
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here is a shot of the reinforcement at the pillar behind the driver seat<(it ties directly to the cage.
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One more pic.
You can definitely see the clearance advantage.
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Re: New Rocker Panels

Wow! Hey when are going to go full tube chassis? Or are you just doing it in sections so you can still drive it? Are you still going coilovers in the rear?

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Re: New Rocker Panels

Another great mod! Just don't ever lose the cargo net over the back of the cage. Your rig changes so much so often, the net is the only thing that allows me to ID your rig when I look at event photos! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: New Rocker Panels

Actually Kathy needs to make me another net, since there are gonna be quite a few mods to the roll cage.
The whole idea behind this mod was to build an internal tube frame. This makes it stronger, lighter, and less damage prone from roll overs. With all of the corners, including the door openings, now tubed, I can just relace, the outer skin, which will be riveted on, when excessive wrinkleing occurs.
It also makes the removal of the rear portion of the frame possible, with very little work, should I decide that future mods necessitate.
But it still keeps the overall look of the Jeep, it also allows me to run my doors and soft top, and even retain the rear seat for my daughters.
And yes the reason I am doing it like this, is so that I can drive it home from wherever I am working on iot, at the end of the day.
It is more work than I anticipated, but its going very quickly. This was the result of one full day on the rig, the other side still needs to be completed along with side skid support tubing, and plate.
And I havent been losing much of my previouse mods, since one of my foreman has now become feverishly hooked on wheeling, so before any of my parts hit the ground, they end up on his rig.
I just did an SOA and 2 axle swap for him last weekend, now he has my rocker panels,(including my side step hitch recievers)
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Very cool Jeff. BTW, when you gonna fix that dent under the 12. Just kidding! [img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
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Looks good Jeff, similer to what I'm doing but my 'glass tub is easier to cut up [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] .
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Re: New Rocker Panels

Lumpy,
When I did my tube fenders, I just relocated all of my accessories back onto the fenders.
You will actually end with more flat usable space than the stock fenders.
It is also very easy toincorporate a radiator rollover bar into the fenders.
Here is a pic of my engine compartment in its completed form, with the tube fenders in place, and all of the incidentals bracketd and bolted in place.
Notic how nicely all of the Team Rush OBA accessories fit.
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a couple more pics in the daylight.
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