Date

5-2016

Degree Name

BS in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering

Department

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Mark Zohns

Abstract

This senior project describes the design, fabrication, and evaluation of off-road rock sliders which can be used with Toyota Tacoma trucks of model year 2005-2012. Rock sliders are a form of trail armor and are a common aftermarket addition to trucks that are often used in off-road conditions. Rock sliders, in their simplest form, consist of a steel beam (either tubular or rectangular) that runs underneath the doors of the vehicle providing protection to the undercarriage, rocker panels, and doors as well as reducing the likelihood of becoming stuck or “high-centered” on the underside of the vehicle. The sliders will be designed to bolt on to the frame of a 2012 model Tacoma. The cost effectiveness and design will be assessed.

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