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Old 09-14-2014, 11:25 PM
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these HDOffroad frame plates are nice. but they're just not cutting it for me. I need more bracing. this write up will include inner frame rail plating, a track bar brace, and hopefully a custom steering box brace

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I'd like to not have any more of these frame rail cracks. so here's what I'm doing to prevent any and all future front frame rail issues.

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you start by drilling holes at either end of the crack

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gouge it out and fill with a weld

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then slap your first 1/8" plate on over the crack

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Very cool. I need to plate another plane of my frame in the front as well. Interested to see what you come up with for the steering and track bar braces. I think my winch will be in the way of my steering box brace with the new bumper I am building. I'll have to come up with something new.
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theres never enough threads on inner frame plating. not enough people do it. so I'm hoping to spread some inspiration


sounds like you're doing a recessed winch? not sure which brace setup you were going with but I'm going to order this bearing and build my own (even though it seems kinda overpriced)
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So even with using the HD Offroad frame stiffeners you still cracked it?
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I'd love to see how this turns out
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theres never enough threads on inner frame plating. not enough people do it. so I'm hoping to spread some inspiration


sounds like you're doing a recessed winch? not sure which brace setup you were going with but I'm going to order this bearing and build my own (even though it seems kinda overpriced)
http://www.boostwerksengineering.com...ssis-_c_7.html

Yes, I am doing a recessed winch. I had a MORE steering box brace that just goes from the passenger side to the box but I don't think it'll work.

I was looking at that bearing again last night. I know I can get that bearing cheaper at work, I just can't get that machined but thing. It's also not a pillow block bearing lol. I was going to look at my bumper designs today and figure out how to make that bearing work.
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So even with using the HD Offroad frame stiffeners you still cracked it?
yeah. the D60 was heavy enough to do that. even with hydro assist. I ran my D30 with no plates at all and never had this problem. a track bar brace was plenty for that setup

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Yes, I am doing a recessed winch. I had a MORE steering box brace that just goes from the passenger side to the box but I don't think it'll work.

I was looking at that bearing again last night. I know I can get that bearing cheaper at work, I just can't get that machined but thing. It's also not a pillow block bearing lol. I was going to look at my bumper designs today and figure out how to make that bearing work.
I have ruggid ridge steering box brace and I recessed my winch inside and I ended up cuting the mounting bracket and rewelding it to a diiferent spot but I actually think it would have worked not cutting it.lol
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on to the main course

steering box area. all steel used today is 10ga

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passenger side inner. gotta cut that pinch off and stitch it back together

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this is that thin piece behind your front bumper. gonna go ahead and plate that too

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they've still got that new drill bit scent. these make my drilling experience much better

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yo, watching this also.

I'm interested into how you cracked the frame..
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stupid heavy axles.. bad hydro assist. I separated the frame at the track bar mount. which wasn't mounted very sturdy. the I braced that, so the weak point just moved forward toward the steering box. wiggle wiggle wiggle death wobble crack
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Looks good! I would suggest considering annealing your welds if you have an acetylene torch since there is obviously some flexing going on that could crack them. Not a particularly big deal since you're not (at least I'm assuming) using a high carbon steel, but it couldn't hurt.
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ha. never heard of anyone doing that to their frame. it's definitely not high carbon steel just mild. I plan on cutting out most if not all of the frame some day and replacing it with 2x4 if this fails. I do have a torch but that's way too much effort for my pabst blue ribbon taste
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