An order for 10 sets of step kickers is in to the benders with an expected delivery of 2-3 weeks.
Steel plates have been cut by my local guys in ONE day and are ready for pickup!! I've got some jig work to fine tune for quicker batch runs. I've got to find a box to ship in and get some shipping cost estimates.
These are not going to be as cheap as I wanted but I designed with 0.125" (1/8") heavy wall steel tube, 1/4" steel mounting plates MIG weleded with class 10 bolts; blasted, primed and powder coated for the most durable finish. Cheap Chinese bars are on ebay if you want to see how long they will last. For comparison, I priced out a set of S3 nerf bars shipped to me (within the state of Louisiana) and that total came to $1000 shipped to my door.
Here's a preview of what's coming soon! Prototype revisions are in progress. Once complete parts will be available about 4 weeks afterward. Stepping into a Talon over the tall threshold can be challenging for many people. After 30"-32" tires are added it's even more challenging. Our Step...
My efforts to make these "Step Kickers" fit perfectly every time include this welding jig. The jig holes are precisely located with the cad model so the jig can be laser cut and cnc bent. This should help make fabrication faster and the precise. This one jig will work for the left and right side step kickers.
I'll weld nuts to the bottom and run bolts through mounting plates to set their positions. The mounting plate holes are slotted to allow a small amount of misalignment. The jig holes are not slotted. I'll add some stop plates to set the mounting plate centered on the jig mounting holes. After this first run and if the step kickers sell ok, I'll make a few revisions to add male and female components to the mounting plates and tube ends so they lock together in position for welding. This is the way I build my under seat cargo boxes. Those boxes are build in 2 halves that snap together like a puzzle requiring no fixture to weld them. I don't get jazzed up as much about welding the parts as I do for figuring out things to build and how to build them. And another fun part of this is that the guy at the local fab shop with all the CNC equipment enjoys the challenges I send him to build.
This is all interesting and fun for me! I only hope that one day I can do this full time!!