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#770734 - 12/09/06 02:51 AM Bent front crossmember  
Ryan_Vazquez  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 48
Auburn, IN
I have a 85 truck and the front crosmember is bent in a little bit. The front sheetmetal part is kind of puffed out and the back part is only slightly bent.
Has anyone replaced this crossmember with a square tube or similar. Does anyone know if a standard size tubing will work? Is it necessary to make a temporary crossmember to keep everything in alignment?
I have thought about using FRORF's frame brace, but i am not sure if it would really work because i would still have to fill the gap behind the plate and would be a bit of a hack job in my opinion. Although once done if it looks okay, I'll probably never think about it again

Thanks
Ryan


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#770735 - 12/09/06 01:14 PM Re: Bent front crossmember [Re: Ryan_Vazquez]  
missouriman  Offline
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Black Hills of South Dakota
picture would help


#770736 - 12/09/06 06:32 PM Re: Bent front crossmember [Re: Ryan_Vazquez]  
eightyeight  Offline
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Hancock, NH
if you are talking about what i think your talking about, trailer hitch stock works nicely. cut to fit, weld it in. will be strong enough to use as a recovery point too.


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#770737 - 12/09/06 06:40 PM Re: Bent front crossmember [Re: Ryan_Vazquez]  
abnormaltoy  Offline
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Tucson,Az.
Somink like dis?

Front
[Linked Image]

Rear
[Linked Image]

Yes, I would weld in a temp crossmember before cutting.


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#770738 - 12/10/06 01:00 AM Re: Bent front crossmember [Re: abnormaltoy]  
Ryan_Vazquez  Offline
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That first picture is kind of what i had thought, except not as big.
The idea of using trailer hitch stock is what i had in mind. Is it the inside or outside part that fits?


#770739 - 12/10/06 01:38 AM Re: Bent front crossmember [Re: Ryan_Vazquez]  
abnormaltoy  Offline
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Mine are 3x5 1/4 wall. It fit pretty well, not too much trimming. I had a friend machine the receivers, I pressed them in and welded them.


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