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Bent frame and radius rod
Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:25 PM
Posted 06 September 2005 - 10:17 PM
My first fix was to try and weld the nuts back in (thanks Dr. RX) However the unibody sheet metal is far to thin, and in daily driving (about a week later) it ripped back out.
I then contacted a buddy who worked at a fabrication shop. We drilled the back 2 holes through the unibody to the cabin area. We used large (3"-4" dia.) 1/2" thick aluminium washers in the cabin, and used ready rod (1/2" threaded rod) and nuts to bolt it back together. The front hole we cut an access hole into the frame rail and put another aluminium washer in there, with more ready rod through the lift block.
That was 2 years ago. I've retightened them 4-5 times since then, but really only a 1/4 turn at best... so its holding pretty strong.
At this same time, we also through bolted several different locations. The passenger side main radius rod plate bolt (the one the trans. cross member sits on) and then the main bolts for the rear subframe. We used the same technic described above... drill through the unibody, shove ready rod up, use a huge washer on the top to distribute load, and tighten as hard as you can.
Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:14 PM
Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:20 PM
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