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dummy
06-23-2009, 06:31 PM
Just waxed the boat and want to keep it clean. Besides, I've never relished the thought of what those big tires on my diesel kick up at the hull. I'm a little too cheap to pay the $200-up that most of the "real" towing guards fetch.

Had some scrap steel laying around and bought a couple big rig mudflaps at my local Napa for about $24. Total cost for the project was under $30 if you count the bolts, but I already had those, so.....

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Jim@BAWS
06-23-2009, 06:57 PM
Great IDEA

Seen them before from some type of company

Jim@BAWS

flipper
06-23-2009, 07:00 PM
Looks good. I like it when people make their own stuff rather than pay for the over priced items

Ski-me
06-23-2009, 07:01 PM
How stable is it while driving? Does it flop back in forth on your bolt/nut connection or is it fairly tight? It looks great and pretty easy to construct if a person can weld....

dummy
06-23-2009, 07:10 PM
How stable is it while driving? Does it flop back in forth on your bolt/nut connection or is it fairly tight? It looks great and pretty easy to construct if a person can weld....

I used some receiver hitch stock, so it slides in as as tight as any hitch. Then I just used a 3/8-inch bolt on the top to zap it down. Doesn't move at all.

JohnE
06-23-2009, 07:21 PM
Where's the girl?

dummy
06-23-2009, 07:46 PM
Where's the girl?

Too funny. My wife came home and saw them (thought they were permanent :rolleyes:) and the first thing she said was "where's the naked lady?"

JohnE
06-23-2009, 08:05 PM
I was trying to be discrete.:D

Nice job, btw. Someone posted the ones that you buy a year or so ago. I'm sure it helps. I was thinking of buying or making some myself.

TMCNo1
06-23-2009, 08:58 PM
How stable is it while driving? Does it flop back in forth on your bolt/nut connection or is it fairly tight? It looks great and pretty easy to construct if a person can weld....
Where's the girl?

Ya kinda would want them to bounce around a little bit with her on board,
48654 48655

Too funny. My wife came home and saw them (thought they were permanent :rolleyes:) and the first thing she said was "where's the naked lady?"

It's time to go to the local interstate semi-double clutchin', mother-truckin, tractor trailer truck stop accessory shop and git ya a pair of the stainless bling babes, pronto, 10-4!

XPC Sealman
06-24-2009, 09:18 AM
Verry nice addition!

cmw
06-24-2009, 09:52 AM
Very clever!

endl
06-24-2009, 12:54 PM
What about bringing them all the way across and cutting a hole for the receiver. Then any bouncing rocks coming through the middle should be deflected as well???? Just a thought.

93Prostar190
06-24-2009, 01:05 PM
Great job ..... looks as good as factory product!

russlars
06-24-2009, 03:00 PM
Hey dummy. Off topic, but how are you liking those Toyo Open Country A/T tires on your rig? I have a fairly new set of those on my rig and so far have been very happy with them.

dummy
06-24-2009, 03:55 PM
Hey dummy. Off topic, but how are you liking those Toyo Open Country A/T tires on your rig? I have a fairly new set of those on my rig and so far have been very happy with them.

They're good. When I got 'em a year ago they were the only game in town for the 285/75-17 size ('bout 34x11.50). Quiet on-road. Decent traction in the snow and wet. Now Nitto has its Dura-Grappler in that 285/75-17 size and, although the off-road traction wouldn't be as good, they should last a bit longer on-road. I recently replaced both rears. I ran the pressure too high and the tread crowned and wore down the center treads prematurely, then I got a piece of construction rebar through one of 'em and that sealed the deal. The fronts need replacing soon 'cause my truck's ball joints started getting sloppy about 12K miles ago. Recently replaced the ball joints with some HD Dynatrac joints, so I'll replace the fronts now.

In all I've got about 20-25K on mine. If you rotate 'em, you'll easily get 40K out of yours. I got lazy and didn't bother rotating this set. After the new fronts go on I'll rotate every 10K or so.

Just watch your pressure depending on the size you run. In this size, these tires have a gnarly 3950lb load rating per tire at 80psi max. I ran the factory tires at 70psi front and 60psi rear, so when I got these on I initially ran 'em at 60psi and 50psi. After some trial and error I'm finding the ideal contact patch on my 9K lb diesel is about 50psi front and 35psi rear unloaded. I'll add pressure to the rears when I'm towing. 'Bout 45psi for the boat and 50-up depending on what vehicle I'm pulling.

O2BESOHUGE
06-24-2009, 06:35 PM
Great Idea! Nice Job Man!