how to build rock tamers

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  1. jasonreichle

    jasonreichle I'm Awesome

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    First and foremost. i am not a fabricator or mechanic, but ive been under neath cars when i was still in a car seat with my old man, over many years taught myself better ways to weld from books and youtube videos.

    i cannot justify buying rock tamers for like 300ish bucks? so i built one for all of about 60.

    whats needed
    bolts and nuts
    drill
    drill bits
    welder (not necessary)
    lights
    mudflaps


    Start with 7ft of 3/16ths angle. excessive, yes. but i like things overbuilt better then under. i went with 6ft and it was to short. also went 2x2 which seemed to be a good choice. not to heavy surprisingly. drill 3 holes in it on either side and lay it all out
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    then drill holes for the lights and paint it (i used spray on bedliner)
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    my gen 1. it was garbage and thats why i am building v2

    for the hitch mount i bought 2 90 degree ends, then welded them in the center then welded in a piece of flat to the bottom, you could always bolt it in too i guess and bend a hitch mount for it



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    now wire in the lights using the + and - off the tail light, yes i did this on my 2010 because i tow more with it then 6.5... odd i know.
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    then i ran a 2 wire connector down through the license plate for the lights and there we have it!
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    not a nice 300 dollar one, but it still works for me.

    total cost: metal 22 ish dollars
    lights 25
    flaps 6 bucks each
    bedliner: 9 bucks
    beer: 18 bucks for a 6 pack
    my time: an hour.

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  2. Chris Lee

    Chris Lee Newbie

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    Looks good to me !

    Im going to be building a set as well, I picked up some cheap mud flaps from princess auto and have some surplus galvanized angle iron. It'll be better then nothing on the gravel roads when towing the boat.
     
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    Supercharged111 I'm Awesome

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    $18 for a 6 pack?!
     
  4. 94burbk1500

    94burbk1500 I'm Awesome

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    must be some fancy craft beer. I love a beer called La Fin Du Monde, and it's about 20 bucks a 6 pack. I don;t drink it often.
     
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    PlayingWithTBI Desert Old Guy

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    Being from PA I'd think you'd be drinking Yuengling. I got turned on to some when I went to Six Sigma Black Belt training in Sharon, our Corporate offices were in Greenville, PA - pretty good stuff.
     
  6. jasonreichle

    jasonreichle I'm Awesome

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    Exactly my thoughts. And an easier thing to do then buying 300 dollar flaps

    Haha, welcome to Canada.
     

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