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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2002, 06:56 AM
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Question about Rocker Panels

Hey all....just wondering if anyone knows if it would be cheaper to have a sheet metal shop fabricate me a set of rocker panels as opposed to buying them from somone? I would of course have the shope use 3/16 metal....

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Search this forum, this has been discussed here ad nauseum. Most of us have used 1/4" 4x4 angle iron. A set you make yourself will cost you about 20 bucks.
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Did that search on the rockers....great looking job....I'll be calling around Monday to get the iron after I measure....will most likely have them cut the ends underneath at 45degrees at the shop since I really dont have a decent shop at home setup....YET! Should I go with 3/16" or up it to 1/4"? The next part will be a dumb question, but if I go with a 6" x 4" piece of iron, I take it the 6" goes on the outside of the rig?

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Re: Question about Rocker Panels

The concern with any modification is weight. 6x4 is overkill, and extremely heavy. I have 2x4x3/16" for mine, and they take all the bashing I can dish out. The angle is mounted with the short leg on the bottom. This configuration has more than enough strength, in fact I wish I would have used 1/8" for them. The only weak part is if the jeep were to be t-boned, the lighter metal and shorter leg has a smaller bending moment. In that instance, other problems arise, eliminating the benefits of the rockers anyway. For wheeling my lighter rockers are great and help to prevent overloaded components.
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2"x4"x3/16" sounds like the way to go....it's been awhile since I've handled any angle iron....guess I'm forgetting how heavy that stuff is....

Thanks for the advice!
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If you do any serious rock crawling 1/4" is the way to go. Not that significant difference in weight, big difference in strength.
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Brad....
How do feel about the 2"x4" size of angle iron?
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I think that would be just fine running the 2" underneath. But, the 4" provides a better surface to slide on, and anyway, I couldn't get the 2x4 here!
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Thanks!!! Pretty sure I'm going to go with the 4x4 then....makes sense about the underside....

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Re: Question about Rocker Panels

-snip-6x4 is overkill-snip-

I guess I have no idea what overkill is,,,,,,, mine are closer to 6x4 feet [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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