Here are the ones I made. If you wheel in the rocks, skip the "quick detach" part. Rocks bend steel and "quick" becomes a lie haha. They worked great before rocks though.
Quick Detach Slider/Steps Build
Very nice! I added your link to my list. I'm interested in the deformation you mentioned. I may have some questions for you later if you don't mind.
I just ordered sliders today from hardcore offroad. $300 and they are supposed to be done by the end of next week. Not sure what shipping will be for you, as I am picking mine up in person.
I'd like to see what you come up with making your own, based on the other stuff you have made sliders should be no problem. Good luck!
Thanks for the tip, but I'm not likely to get budget approval on any toys for a while after this past week. Side note, we found a nice new PC for the kids for only $400 so I can theoretically have the $100 difference to put into materials.
Here's what I had based on mjalaly's work up until last week:
Early version came out to 16#, latest update is more like 18#. Still a far cry from the 50-60# I see people claiming the steel ones weigh in at.
I also played with SolidWorks simulation a bit:
It only looks bad cuz the scaling. When I tested the steel it visually looked the same, but the deformation scale was less. Anyway, that 1/4" wall 6061 main tube will deflect about 0.3" under a 6000# load. After running that sim and seeing the frame up close I decided to add the the 3rd mount in the center. Plus I think the 6000# sim load was overkill - it doesn't need to support the entire truck, just tip it up. Anyway, any help making sense of / learning this sim stuff is appreciated. (Worst case I can still just use a bottle jack under the frame to change a tire, no biggie.)
I also measured out from the frame and the mjalaly plan puts the main tube past the pinch seam. I understood that the main tube should deflect up against the entire length of that seam. One linked thread shows a pinch seam damaged in just 2" segments, so I think I understand it right. Keep the tube lined up with the seam, and ideally 1/2" away from it. Any thoughts?