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Offline Shazbot

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my sidesteps (running boards)
« on: September 04, 2009, 04:29:08 PM »
I was asked for some pictures in one of my other threads.....
the tubing  brackets are 25mm square tube and the sidesteps are made from folded checkerplate








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Re: my sidesteps (running boards)
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2009, 11:35:23 PM »
Its interesting the different styles in stepsides.

Eddys Van has similar ones to Shazbot's, and differ from mine in that they seem to be made to suit flared wheel arches, where as mine



Are designed to work with out flares.

They are a simple design, and use the two ends as the main support for the whole step



There are no supporting brackets under the van, its not as easy to see in this one - front end



But a lot clearer in this one, see how the ends are triangularly supporting the step from the body seam out to the edge of the step - this is the rear end



The lip under the body is only slightly deeper than the seam, so there is less leverage exerted on the seam, and with the solid support at both ends and thicker material the steps can handle my weight on them without bending - and thats saying something - I'm a bit of a fat bastarde :D



with the short lip depth it means you can still crawl under the van without jacking it up and they are not much wider than the widest part of the gaurds lip.



They do a great job of keeping all the mud and road grime of the body as well.

Im tossing up wether to take these off Boris and put them on the camper, or make a set of half length steps, as the camper has no side doors.

this style of step could be easily and cheaply made in steel, made in three parts (two ends and the step) and bolted together - No welding required.

Or for a really smick set use stainless steel for the ends and a nice dark hardwood for the step itself.

Warren




 
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