Fitting side bars question

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DjSparra
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Got a question about side bars for my 3 door pinin.  I'm having a guy fabricate some from some stainless steel I have aqcuired, but where should they bolt to? The guy making the brackets is thinking he'll just weld the brackets that'll hold the bars to the underside of the chassis beam.  But I was wondering, if i had bought side bars that were made for the car how and where do they attach to the chassis? Has anyone got pics of the proper way to attach them.  These won't be steps so won't be taking any weight of someone standing on them.

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Side step

There are already some threaded hole ready to take those side step. Welding them on the chassis rail is not the best option IMO.

Here are some pictures of the step I removed and sold. 

http://pajerio.com/forum/pajero-io-side-step-sale-sold-thank-you

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Ah! thanks. I'll take a look

Ah! thanks. I'll take a look and see if I can find some threaded holes on mine.

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I've just had a look. There

I've just had a look. There is only 2 threaded holes I can find located on the back inside facing part of the door cill, they are equally spaced so it must be those.

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Side steps

I've had 2 fab shops tell me the same thing in regards to rock sliders (assume that's what you mean by side steps) on the Pajero IO 

Both were a bit resilient to weld straight to the rectangular chassis rail and wanted to insert round pipe / tube frame inside the rail for extra strength as they were worried about bending the rail.

Because the chassis rails are only firewall to rear if you sustained damage to a rock slider / side bar you would potentiall bend chassis rail and cause all sorts of problems in extreme cases. (see below for dodgey microsoft paint example)

Haven't looked into them even after smashing my sil a year or two ago 

 

2002 5dr Pajero IO QA 2.0L Auto - Lifted, Locked!! 1.925 Low Range - Muddies (205/80/16) - Redback Extractors to 200cell cat to dump at diff Exhaust 

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Heres a photo I had to give

Heres a photo I had to give you a rough idea of the brackets. These are for a lwb, there are several 8mm threaded holes along the underside like claude said.

 

I decided to make some more solid step/slider and for mounting ive welded two 'U' channel steel on each side of car with three holes in it. then flat plate bolted to the u channel with the pipe welded to that so that it can be unbolted.

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Rock slider are not side step. The side step do not offer protection, or very little, they are just to help you step in the car. The rock slider are to protect your car when you do some 4x4, some can also be used as a point to lift your car, so they need to be built a lot stronger, This will explain why they find it challenging to custom make rock slider. Tube inside the rail might be over engineer but....the io is still fairly light...not sure...

The other pictures should guide you to find more of these threaded holes, from memory it was more than 2.....on the picture it show 5 brackets, so at least 5 holes should be there ??

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Ah, thanks for all the input

Ah, thanks for all the input guys, I see your point about welding to the chassis, not the best idea, to be honest they are just going to be cosmetic, I don't do any hard core off roading, a muddy pot holed country lane is about as off road as it gets, I just like the look of them. Mine is short wheel base so the bars are only 1.4m long so not a lot of weight. I'll see if I can find any more threaded holes.

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