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FS - Bodsy Bars - Tree Sliders

For Sale - Bodsy Bars!

Ok, technically tree sliders, but it doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as Bodsy Bars.

My own set of these have been in extensive use in many challenging terrains, helping me negotiate trees by using the bars to protect the car whilst it pivoted around it in some rutted woods.

They have also been hung up on rocks, protecting the underside of the car as well as the doors. Most people will rarely be in that situation, but they also serve as very useful door protectors in car parks, and not forgetting that they do make the car look pretty serious as well!



Tech Spec
These are made of strong 5mm plate with 48mm tube 3mm thick. 4 additional support tubes provide excellent robustness.
They’re pretty damn strong!

Protection
There has been plenty of discussion around how much protection bars provide, so thought it would be easier to describe with Pics.

Making sure that the car is level



First, the measurement out from the wheels. They protrude from the car slightly further out than the door handles, using a spirit level, that’s about 50mm from the centre caps on the front and rear wheels.



The Spirit level showing which part of the door handle it’s level with.





Then onto the protection of the door, these stand proud away from the door protection strip by 23mm these were fitted by LR, so should be at the std height although your protection strips may be at a different height.



Then the distance from the door is approx 30mm





Coating

Anyone can get these things powder coated cheaply, the trick to a long life, is to get them powder coated properly.

The powder coating is being done by a company that often deals with coating Aircraft parts, so they are very used to dealing with high quality output with fine tolerances on quality.

They will all be grit blasted with 60 grade aluminium oxide (Cleans and increases adhesion of coatings to the steel)

They are then sprayed with two pack epoxy zinc-phosphate primer, then cooked to 200degrees C

They are then powder coated in polyester powder and cooked again at 200degrees C to cure the powder.

The end result is that you have an incredibly robust finish that will last a significant period of time. If you do use them as intended in the rough stuff, then when you do scratch them when you hit a rock, the protective coating process undertaken, will stop the traditional peeling/flaking that you see in cheap powder coating.

Of course, as with anything attached to the outside of your car, road debris and environmental conditions can affect the finish. i.e. road gravel constantly kicked up by the tyres from the road over a period of time will also affect the finish. (this is the same for any tree sliders or side steps)

Here’s an example of the same Tree Sliders coated in the same process 3 years ago that were scratched around 2 years ago. This pic was taken a couple of weeks ago. There has been no additional coating put on to protect it after the damage, yet none of the powder coating around the scratch has started to flake.

Compare that with other, cheaper powder coating processes…

Click image to enlarge


Fasteners

These are held onto the car with bespoke stainless steel cup washers and fixings into the existing holes in your vehicle once the plastic trim has been removed.

There are more expensive Tree Sliders available and we all know someone who can ‘knock something up’ at a cheaper price using thiner materials or a cheaper powder coating process, or not really out far enough to protect, but overall, the protection and quality of finish that the Bodsy Bars represent, I think you will be hard pressed to beat.

The Bodsy Bars are available for Pre-Christmas Collection/D3Courier service/Delivery for £499 inc VAT plus delivery at cost.

This batch is available for the first 20 people at £450inc vat. (£375 ex vat) plus delivery at cost

They will all come with a VAT invoice.

Designs protected under Certificate of Registration of Design
Registered Number 4034564

If you have any questions at all, please let me know.

Regards

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I can get one just for you Del!!
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Do you have any close up pics of the finish Bodsy?

I'm after a strong solution that has very neat welds and doesn't look out of place on a nearly new motor.

Very interested - how quickly could I get a set?
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They look great Ian.

For clarity I assume they will fit D3 or D4?

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They look spot on Bodsy.

Hope the sales go well. Thumbs Up

If I didn't already have a set, I would be seriously thinking about these.
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Had I not finally got my Prospeed bars I would of got a set of these!

Look awesome! Thumbs Up
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Re: FS - Bodsy Bars - Tree Sliders

Bodsy wrote:


Coating

Anyone can get these things powder coated cheaply, the trick to a long life, is to get them powder coated properly.

The powder coating is being done by a company that often deals with coating Aircraft parts, so they are very used to dealing with high quality output with fine tolerances on quality.

They will all be grit blasted with 60 grade aluminium oxide (Cleans and increases adhesion of coatings to the steel)

They are then sprayed with two pack epoxy zinc-phosphate primer, then cooked to 200degrees C

They are then powder coated in polyester powder and cooked again at 200degrees C to cure the powder.

The end result is that you have an incredibly robust finish that will last a significant period of time. If you do use them as intended in the rough stuff, then when you do scratch them when you hit a rock, the protective coating process undertaken, will stop the traditional peeling/flaking that you see in cheap powder coating.

Of course, as with anything attached to the outside of your car, road debris and environmental conditions can affect the finish. i.e. road gravel constantly kicked up by the tyres from the road over a period of time will also affect the finish. (this is the same for any tree sliders or side steps)

Here’s an example of the same Tree Sliders coated in the same process 3 years ago that were scratched around 2 years ago. This pic was taken a couple of weeks ago. There has been no additional coating put on to protect it after the damage, yet none of the powder coating around the scratch has started to flake.

Compare that with other, cheaper powder coating processes…

Click image to enlarge


If the powder coating can be broken, and doesn't rust/flake off, that's the kind of finish tree sliders need

Mine are unlikely to ever be used off road, but it's nice to know they won't be affected by a bit of salt on the road over the winter

I'll be having a set of these Thumbs Up
Is there a minimum number Ian? Question
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Producing 20 sets for this batch, will be ready 4 weeks or so. The coating takes longer to do than I'd like, but that's the price we have to pay to get the coating process right.

Dubbs, I'm looking to get a clean sample pic for you. Thumbs Up

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Good work Bodsy......been wanting some of the wider sliders for about 4 years Laughing
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Is there an option for a Line-X finish?
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the pricing for having them LineX finished were unexpectedly astronomical when I looked, but I'll check it again. Thumbs Up
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