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Old 10-13-2011, 12:49 PM
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Chassis modifications advise needed

Hey guys,

Busy building a monster Gladiator and need some advice before I do something stupid.

I am thinking of modifying the arched cross member on the chassis, the one just in front of the rear axle. Can I cut it off near the ends and weld a straight section across instead of the arch?

Reason I am asking is that I have more than enough clearance between the rear driveshaft and the bottom of this cross member. If I can get it lower then I can mount the gas tank just above it.

Any advice would be good.

Here's a pic of the chassis as it now stands:

http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...8&d=1318248778

http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...6&d=1316176645
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:24 PM
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If you don't need the clearance, whack it off. But before you do, tack weld some braces on top and the bottom. It is almost certain that the frame will want to change dimensions if you just cut it without any bracing. Weld in your new piece, remove the braces.
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If you don't need the clearance, whack it off. But before you do, tack weld some braces on top and the bottom. It is almost certain that the frame will want to change dimensions if you just cut it without any bracing. Weld in your new piece, remove the braces.

That's really good advice.
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Liking the looks already, good luck on your endevours.
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If you don't need the clearance, whack it off. But before you do, tack weld some braces on top and the bottom. It is almost certain that the frame will want to change dimensions if you just cut it without any bracing. Weld in your new piece, remove the braces.

Thank you. great advice, I never thought about the chassis distortion that may be caused.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:56 PM
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Liking the looks already, good luck on your endevours.

Thanks Wagn man. It's a slow process but will be worth it.
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Seriously dude, that frame with those big narly tires looks wicked. That suspension looks great to. Love those leading / trailing links and coils. What a project!
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:11 AM
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Seriously dude, that frame with those big narly tires looks wicked. That suspension looks great to. Love those leading / trailing links and coils. What a project!

Thanks, I have a motto in life "Why be normal" What you see is a JK Wrangler Long arm suspension on 40's. Can't wait to get her running.
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