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post #1 of 9 Old 06-13-2012, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Pinch weld advice??

Hey gang- I just got a new to me set of amp research steps. I dropped the factory steps and will hopefully get to install the amp's this weekend. The pinch welds look terrible and I want to try to figure out something to do w/ em. Ive thought about fabbing up like a 1.5" strip of aluminum w/ some studs and nylon spacers and painting it black, but I never have any free time so it may never get done.....sooo.... Ive checked out deaknbuilt there stuff is kind of pricey and the bolt heads show and its in pieces so im not too into that. Rhinolining and painting doesnt do much for me either. Ive seen a led strip from firestars, but it looks pretty cheap. Im kind of leaning towards some sort of led strip (plain yellow or one u can change colors on would maybe b sweet) or another manufacturer of pinch weld covers if anybody knows of one. Thanks for the input!!!

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Where did you find the Amp steps?
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I had a mennonite welding shop just outside Shiloh make a set for my last truck just how you described. Some aluminum with studs and I bolted them through the pinch seams. They came out really nice and they only cost me $150 if I remember. Later on I ended up painting them the color of the truck and they looked pretty darn good.

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i was also thinking about this while laying on the creeper looking under mine.

it would be nice to fab up some flat channel steel to hide the wavy pinch seam.

blackcloud do you have any pictures???
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It was on one of my old trucks. Ill have to look to see if I can find a pic

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A company called Deaknbuilt.com i think it is makes the aluminum covers your talking about.

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Blackcloud- shiloh is literally in my back yard lol!! Who was the shop that did em for ya?
Andrew010- I got a great deal on the steps from a member on here
Ive already checked out deaknbuilt- just not digging their prices for what this stuff is.
Keep the ideas coming!! Thanks guys!

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I would be concerned about moisture, dirt or salt (if you have that used during winter) being trapped and eventually causing rust.

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here's my take on this. I too was concerned about the pinch welds looking like crap with my amp steps installed. My truck is lifted 8-9 inches and on 37's and it really isn't noticable. I am very OCD about things and it doesn't bother me. So it's your call

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