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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2004, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

Hello all,

I got a new body for the zuk from Rod's in Iowa... and it has those metal brakcets to hold the black plastic rocker trim covers.

As we all know, that's a huge rust magnet and I want to remove them.

What's the best way to do this?

Also, what's a good way to protect the rockers?

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Re: Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

A spotweld drill is supposed to be the way to go but I did not have very good luck with it. I used a regular drill,dremel and grider to get my off. I have a set of homemade aluminum panels if you are interested to cover it. Jim
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Hi Murph, I just used a drill and a grinding wheel. The metal behind it is usually damp and rusted out, so just take your time till you can see what you have to work with.
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Re: Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

magic marker.... to mark the welds and take a angle grinder to it... works great, you will have a little metal to work with after you get the bracket off.
you can grind it flat after the bracket is off...

as for protecting them, I started makeing some rock sliders out of 1/4 inch angle iron, still need to finish them...
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Re: Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

rich_d You said it right.... Dont drill holes just grind the welds. The more holes equal more water/mud inside body= RUST. The same process on the fenders if you change them. [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Re: Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

I learned the hard way on the first side, I drilled clear through the welds and left about 12 holes. On the second side, I used a fat bit like 1/2" and just made a shallow dent, just breaking through to the surface below. This made the sheet metal bracket weak enough I could chisel it from behind, leaving metal shards around the spot welds. I just ground this down smooth, no holes, looks good. Hope my reply did not come too late. I don't have rockers guards yet, I've some cool looking ones that are made out of 4" angle iron with brackets going the frame and body mount arms. Cheap, cool, effective. Don't have a link for you.
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If you are unlucky and drill through, NO Problem...

JB Weld.... Works way awesome.....did that on a couple when I tried to drill them at the start....
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Re: Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

I Just welded 3.5" 1/4 angle to the sides.
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Re: Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

Murph,

When I did mine and my brothers, we used a combination of a drill, cut off wheel, and a wire wheel to get the rusted remains out.

Once the metal was prepped, we used fiberglass cloth and resin to fill the voids. After a few layers of fiberglass, we sand the area back to the original shape.

I used a flat piece of diamond plate to cover the area on mine.

For my brother's, we decided that a piece of diamond plate bent into an "L" shape to wrap under the rocker would offer better protection. We took the measurements to a local metal shop, and had them bend up a thicker piece of steel diamond plate.

His came out much better than mine, so I'm probably going to redo mine soon.
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Re: Stock rocker panel bracket removal...

OK, I see some of you are replacing with a beefy piece of 3/16" or 1/4" angle iron. Is it enough to just weld this in place or does it really need some kind of additional connection to the frame for support?

Without a frame support, when your rock sliders are supporting your zuk the body mounts are holding everything up. Are the body mount bolts strong enough or will they rip out under hard use?

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