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Rock Sliders #1031783
07/15/11 08:52 AM
07/15/11 08:52 AM
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IanxPR  Offline OP
Need a Spot
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 3
South Africa
Can anyone help with some ideas or pictures of Sportage Rock Sliders.

I would like to build a functional set (not like the ornamental/show ones I have seen)

Some ideas about how to attach them to the frame rails would also be great

Thanks

Ian

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Re: Rock Sliders [Re: IanxPR] #1031784
07/16/11 02:42 AM
07/16/11 02:42 AM
Peabody  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 326
Sac-area, California - USA
Check out this thread with photos of Dennis Thompson's Moab Pics. You might get some ideas there...


1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Re: Rock Sliders [Re: Peabody] #1031785
07/16/11 10:51 AM
07/16/11 10:51 AM
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hadtomer  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 202
tel aviv, ISRAEL
Rock sliders are not easy to install as you might think. the problem is the gas tank- you will need to move it a bit to the side so you can install the sliders. its too close to the chasis-so its really hard to mount the sliders. some people have a system for moving the gas tank a bit.


2001 sporty. 4 inch lift+ body lift-front lovlells coils+extended forks. reat tj. monroe shocks. full skid plate, auxilary fan. external oil cooler. maxxis 8060 235/75 R15 tires on american racing wheels. trackfinder rear diff lock.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3948684/2001-kia-sportage
Re: Rock Sliders [Re: hadtomer] #1031786
07/18/11 11:47 PM
07/18/11 11:47 PM
logansportage  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,221
Logan, Utah
I've done a similar design to Dennis, but I used a 2"x4" length of steal instead of a tube frame type design. Its heavier, but much easier to fabricate. A whole lot less welding. I also went directly to the outside of the frame like you can see in Dennis's photo. I didn't have to move the fuel tank at all.

Logansportage <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />


White 1998 4 door KIA Sportage 4x4 w/Eibach 2.5 spring lift and TJ rear coils, 4crawler 1.5 body lift, Monroe Sensa.trac shocks, Bosch 4+ plugs, Eaton LSD, 31x10.5x15 BFG KM tires, 2.5 cat back exhaust w/SpinTech muffler
Re: Rock Sliders [Re: logansportage] #1031787
07/19/11 01:01 AM
07/19/11 01:01 AM
DennisThompson  Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Mar 2002
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Utah
I welded mine to the outside of the frame without removing the gas tank. If you build some like mine use stronger steel like logansportage said, mine got pretty beat up in Moab but the only body damage was where a tree branch hit the top of my doors.

Dennis


95 Sportage, gone but not forgotten.
98 Jeep TJ, 4" Zone springs with RC Long arms, Ford 8.8", 4.56 gears & Detroit locker rear, D30, 4.56 & Detroit Trutrack front.
Re: Rock Sliders [Re: DennisThompson] #1031788
07/20/11 07:25 PM
07/20/11 07:25 PM
logansportage  Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,221
Logan, Utah
Dennis,

You must have hit the only tree in Moab! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/drunk.gif" alt="" />

On my rock sliders I used all 2x4 material and I cut the ends at 45 degrees away from the tire to keep a cleaner line. I welded a plate on each end to cover up the hole. The support bar I laid the 4 dimension horizontal with the ground so it matched closer to the width of the slider piece. I cut the support bar on a shallower angle so it would position the slider close to the body angle. Much like you see in Dennis's picture. I welded a larger plate to the inside part of the support bar so I could bolt the completed assembly to the frame. I wanted to be able to remove my sliders when not on the trail. Unfortunately I didn't check the inside of the frame for clearance before welding the support bars to the slider piece and as Murphy's law requires I ended up aligning them right in line with stuff on the inside of the frame that I should not drill through. So in haste to make it to Moab I ended up just welding them directly to the frame.

Some day Im going to cut it all apart and do it again, but this time Im going to make them removable and also figure out a way to be able to use them as Hi Lift Jack points. That and I want to be able to step on them from outside the vehicle which right now you cant quite get a foot on and you end up bashing your shin. Already done that twice now when trying to get back into the Sportage with muddy feet while hunting.

Logansportage <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />


White 1998 4 door KIA Sportage 4x4 w/Eibach 2.5 spring lift and TJ rear coils, 4crawler 1.5 body lift, Monroe Sensa.trac shocks, Bosch 4+ plugs, Eaton LSD, 31x10.5x15 BFG KM tires, 2.5 cat back exhaust w/SpinTech muffler

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