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Old 08-22-2007, 02:15 PM   #15
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I just got back from Cabela's. The Rock Tamers at Cabela's are the new chrome on aluminum model mentioned by Bandit. They look very strong and lightweight. Good price, $199, same as Northern Tool (their stores are within a few blocks of each other), no shipping.

Very satisfied, thanks for the responses.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:02 PM   #16
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I just got back from Cabela's. The Rock Tamers at Cabela's are the new ... strong and lightweight. Good price, $199,
this week n next they are 159$...

with a coupon.

BLACK coated version and without shiny steel plates on the flaps,

but a good price.

the CENTER PIECE is now cast aluminum? then coated with shiny stuff...

so while it is MUCH LIGHTER it may not be as easy to modify as the older brass center piece seen in these threads...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ing-39510.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f469...tch-17562.html

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:31 PM   #17
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If any of you have thought about Rock Tamers, but have not bought them--now is the time to take the plunge. I have had mine for nearly a year and only wished that I would bought them at the time of my AS purchase-they are well worth the money to prevent stone damage on the front of your AS.
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:49 PM   #18
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I saw the RockTamers yesterday at Cabela's, and they look like they switched from chrome on aluminum to black paint on aluminum.

I think you would be able to mill out the clearance needed to mount on a Hensley and just touch'em up paint, rather than having to deal with the chrome on the earlier GenII models.

I've been using mine for two years and I'm very happy. I always take the flaps off and turn the hitch over when we unhitch. With a 5mm T-handle ball head wrench it only takes a minute.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:18 PM   #19
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I bought mine about three months ago from J C Whitney. I bought the black version because the chrome would have looked funny on my truck with body colored bumpers. I can't tell what the bars are like on the chrome model, but mine are black and coated with the same type of material as on Yakima Bars.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:41 PM   #20
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Amazon.com has the Enkay Rock Tamers at a very good price and free shipping.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:56 PM   #21
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I saw ... and they look like they switched from chrome on aluminum to black paint on aluminum.

I think you would be able to mill out the clearance needed to mount on a Hensley and just touch'em up paint, rather than having to deal with the chrome on the earlier GenII models...
it'a actually a GLOSS black powdercoat over aluminum, very THICK and so far very tough.

and the 'silver edition is still avaiable, just not the ONsale version.

yes one can mill or grind out, then touch up, even on the black alum style.

BUT with a pp hitch the standard adjustable bar has SPACE for the nks already, built into the design.

and the BLACKS match

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Old 10-18-2009, 11:11 PM   #22
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BUT with a pp hitch the standard adjustable bar has SPACE for the nks already, built into the design.

and the BLACKS match
Great observation 2air'

I have sold quite a few sets to customers with 3P hitches and they work great.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:28 PM   #23
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Here's a set of flaps that I built. I wanted them attached to the receiver, and not the hitch so I did not have to lift them both at the same time. I learned with a previous set that the combination was just too heavy to handle for an old fat man with a bad back.
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Nice job, SteveH.Thanks for sharing the pictures. I've been amassing materials to do something similar. Now, if I can only find it all...
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Good looking flaps, if that white stuff is snow & you are in texas they will be worth their weight in gold before winter is over.
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Good looking flaps, if that white stuff is snow & you are in texas they will be worth their weight in gold before winter is over.
Thanks, but the "white stuff" was just the camera being fooled by the late evening sun.

I've built several sets of these things and I seem to get the design a little better with every one I build. The first ones I built were bolted to the bottom of the rear bumper which meant installation with a mechanics creaper. Not too handy.

There is a brake supply place here that caters to big trucks, and they have the rubber flaps for about $8 a piece. The rest is just steel square tubing and angle iron from the box store. I like not having to get under the truck to install and remove.

We used these same flaps, with a different center mount piece that mounted on the hitch, summer of '08 on our Alaska trip, and they are still in good shape, so they are very durable. I mainly have them to stop rocks.

With this latest mounting to the receiver, it allows me to mount the flaps and hitch seperately, and it allows me to remove the hitch without removing the flaps if I so desire.
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Hi, SteveH. Nice job, I like it. Now I need to make something similar for my Lincoln.
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Small problem really, but the Rock Tamers make our hitch head heavier to handle. Affects me when I'm setting out to tighten ball or side bolts, or moving the hitch head from ball to pin box when it's time to hitch up and go.

But, we like them. After over 35,000 miles on the 25' International and a couple of years of weekends on the 22' International, these are still doing great.

Stuff still gets around these big mud flaps, especially from oncoming trucks.

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