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Old 04-16-2009, 12:35 AM
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Installed!

Fresh powdercoat! Yum! Eric is prepping the sliders for the welding. The powdercoat looks quite tough, as it took him a few passes with the grinder before getting to bare metal.



Prepping the frame for welding:



Welding the sliders on... it took a bit of time, but Eric wanted it done right. He was very meticulous with his work. He's a certified structural welder and really knew what he was doing.



The welded on frame gussets (they were painted later to prevent rusting):



View from below of the installed slider.



Top view of the slider. It fits the vehicle lines perfectly.



Load test. Loading the outside beam with the (almost) full weight of the left side. ~1/4" of deflection



Eric is willing to do some sort of group purchase price for an initial batch. The details haven't been worked out yet though. I'll report back when I know prices and details of his offer.

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Old 04-16-2009, 12:54 AM
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Very, very nice. From my experience, you'll catch your pants cuff on them for a month or two before adjusting your instincts. Guess the body lift is now permanently deferred? (That's what keeps me from adding one now, in my weak moments when I forget why I originally decided against it.)



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Very, very nice. From my experience, you'll catch your pants cuff on them for a month or two before adjusting your instincts. Guess the body lift is now permanently deferred? (That's what keeps me from adding one now, in my weak moments when I forget why I originally decided against it.)
Indeed, I'm going to have to come up with a new method of entry and egress from the vehicle. My natural instinct is to slide out of the seat, but it doesn't work as well as it used to now...

Yep, I decided the body lift was not worth the cost. If I'm going to throw more money at lifting, I'll stick to suspension. Especially since we have Icon coming into the picture, I think I'll be better off putting money there instead. Although, every once in a while my mind wanders and makes me think twice about not doing the body lift...

Of course, the sliders could always be hacked off and reattached at a higher location... it'd just take a bit of work, but Eric reassured me it could be done.
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WOW!!! They look great!!!! A+ work... top notch
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It looks awesome James. Looks like you have opened up a new expense to us. Have to check my wallet pretty soon.
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Indeed! I've been discussing a final price with Eric... you know trying to negotiate a good deal for you guys!

He's willing to knock down the price for mentioning my name, or even knocking the price down further for a group order. He's still figuring out the last details, then I will post up what he has to say...
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looks alot better then what i was gunna make so i would be in (pending on price...)
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Just keep in mind that this is a very low volume, custom fabricated item. So don't expect it to be cheap. Plus, the powder coat adds in a bit extra to the price (I think Eric might offer a naked, paint yourself version too... for those of you wishing to save a few dineros).
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