Chassis lockers

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Chassis lockers

Postby Ivan C » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:42 am

I'm designing my chassis lockers and have the basic design sorted - the question is what to make them from?
Choices are aluminium or composite panel, around 25mm thick.
Weight and cost, little to choose between them, the panel would have a good insulation value, but I'm not sure how much of an advantage this would be.
Both will be painted so appearance will be similar, anyone with any thoughts?
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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby Michael » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:20 pm

I ended up making mine from 2mm steel sheet, but that was for ultimate strength really. I do envisage them getting a whack at some point in their life, even if it is in the near future down these tiny welsh lanes!
I'm still not 100% sure whether it was the right choice vs aluminium, but it's done now and I'm happy with them fitted up.

It's got to be personal preference really, but I would advise making at least the door from higher gauge aluminium, to stand up to scrapes etc.

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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby Ivan C » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:24 pm

Agreed, I'd be using 3mm aluminium.
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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby Avid64 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:10 pm

Mine are 3mm Aluminium - purchased from Metallics and then modified by myself to suit.
Trying to get a reply from them regarding custom built lockers is almost impossible but if you can use one of their standard sizes and modify it yourself to suit your needs, it'll be delivered within a week!

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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby Ivan C » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:36 pm

Thanks Dave, I'm going with 3mm aluminium, I'll fabricate them myself as I know exactly what sizes I can accomadate and what I want to put in them.
I also want an upgrade, security-wise, over whats available ready-made.
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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby NeilandPat » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:28 am

A bit of real life advice. Whatever you make them from put adequate protection on the underside. My lockers are smashed to pieces and covered in dents on the underside from thousands of km on gravel roads.

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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby Ivan C » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:58 pm

That makes sense, the same for the fuel tank.
A hole in a locker floor would be annoying, but in a diesel tank it would be downright distressing!
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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby NeilandPat » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:12 am

Absolutely.

I have 3mm aluminium plates under the tanks. They are smashed to pieces so have worked well.

I have also doubled the length of the front and rear mud flaps and this has helped tremendously

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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby christyler » Tue May 14, 2019 10:31 pm

i don't know how anybody buys from Metallics, i have sent them several emails and they just don't reply.
Also i have tried their web site contact form, same result.

no one ever answers the phone.

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Re: Chassis lockers

Postby Ivan C » Wed May 15, 2019 6:46 am

Looking at their website I think I'd need a mortgage!
Some simple folding, a bit of welding and you're sorted, plus I'd imagine you'd have to fabricate brackets for their boxes as well.
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