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Front Frame Brace #822176 07/01/07 03:14 AM
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Buck Offline OP
Just a quick informal poll if you will. Do you think a front frame brace, like the one linked to below is a good investment prior to installing a winch and aftermarket bumper? Have some steel laying around, and thought if it was a good idea, I'd whip one up.


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Re: Front Frame Brace [Re: Buck] #822177 07/01/07 03:45 AM
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Re: Front Frame Brace [Re: OOP'S] #822178 07/01/07 06:30 AM
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Buck Offline OP
Yeah, I thought so too, so I went ahead and made one. Don't think that stock brace could hold up to too much winching. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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Re: Front Frame Brace [Re: Buck] #822179 07/01/07 09:40 AM
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No it wouldn't, but if possible, you're primary mounts for whatever winch bumper you're using should be the 2 tow hook bolts under each front frame leg. That's the strongest point.

Of course, those of us with SAS trucks, don't get to use those bolt holes, so we have to improvise, but if you have access to them, I would use them.

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Re: Front Frame Brace [Re: Brian894X4] #822180 07/01/07 03:38 PM
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missouriman Offline
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yes, it makes a huge difference..

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Re: Front Frame Brace [Re: missouriman] #822181 07/02/07 04:11 AM
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Ganoid Offline
I made one as well but its a little different in that it ties in behind the x-member down the frame rail. I plated the top and bottom as well as the face.

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Re: Front Frame Brace [Re: Ganoid] #822182 07/02/07 02:23 PM
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I like that.. but I don't have a body lift.

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