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    Tail light guard fab

    Shattered my taillight up snow bashing a couple of weeks ago and it caused a lot of problems. To help keep it from happening again I made my own guard. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would and I think a lot better than any aftermarket ones. It took about four hours and with mild steel it would be about $20 in materials.

    I used 3/8 cro-moly rod and 8-32 nutserts with stainless screws. I bent the side rails and then just bent and tacked each rung from top down. It still needs finished up and I will post pics after paint
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    Last edited by CbIdrive; 02-13-2011 at 07:24 AM.

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    Nice job. Sweet look to 'em. Very stylish. I have a set of OEM light guards that I've had for 2 years...no hardware and cant figure out how to mount them for less than $100 for factory hardware; how did you do it? Tips would be helpful. Or I'll buy a custom set from you if you want to make a second pair. Either way.

    DarrinK

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    They were really simple to make. I bent everything in a vice with a cheater pipe. Once the side pieces are made and mounted just use a metal tape measure to figure out the length and where the bend tangent line is. I tacked the rungs in place on the truck.

    I used cro-moly only because we had some extra at the shop. Mild steel would cost a lot less and I think you can pick up nuserts at any auto parts store.

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    All finished up and painted. They came out nice and tight and dont stick out far enough from the side to catch branches. Total time 5hrs and $0 since boss let me have materials and I already had the paint.
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    Last edited by CbIdrive; 02-14-2011 at 12:34 PM.

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    Very nice. They look great. Is that a helicopter in the background at your shop?

    Daniel

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    Nice Mark, but the rest of that car scares me!

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    Hey. Where did Mark Smith's posting go with this photo attached? Now my reply doesn't make sense!

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    A bunch of postings were lost on a lot of threads. This is our whirly bird the plane is a Citabria. The heli is a Astar BA with a camera hanging off the nose for mapping. Wont let me upload pic
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    Oh yeah that is nice... where did you get the nuts certs from?
    I spend more time fixing things than using them. My motto is " If it breaks.... F it I'll weld it"

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