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Old 08-30-2012, 12:44 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by BLK01 View Post
In my opinion..Instead of buying safe t caps, cutting the bottom section of your frame out and welding in the safe t cap. For less money. You could cut the bottom section of your frame out, which your going to do anyway, and get a new strip of 3/16 or 1/4 steel. You could make a template, cut it out, and weld in the new piece. What I did was marked my three points where the nutserts were, drilled my three holes, welded new 1/2" extra heavy nuts to the backside of my replacement piece, then welded the patch piece back into the frame. I did that so I dont have to worry about messing with the nutserts ever again. I coated the inside with eastwood internal frame and the outside with por-15. It turned out great. My frame was not that bad though. I was cleaning out the inside of my frame to get ready for some eastwood coating. When I tried to take the skid down, two of my nutserts spun. After I fought with it and took it down. I hit the frame with a hammer and had some bad spots around the nutserts and the frame dented a little on the bottom. The top and the sides of the frame were awesome. It was just getting a little thin on the bottom where the skid mounted. So I decided to cut it out.
That was my first thought. It would be alot of cutting and fabricating though and I only have an angle grinder. I'll try and post some pics of what things look like under there. I see alot of loose scale inside the frame. Figure I pretty much need to cut out the entire bottom of the frame from front to rear control arm mounts on both sides and go at it with a needle gun. Also have a few sections of the outside rail just forward of the rear control arm mounts that has rotted through on both sides. For a little over $300 for both sides I could probably save alot of time. Or I could just save myself the hassle and sell the Wrangler and the GLI and get a new JK. Hey, I start a new job in a week, maybe I can convince the wife i need a new Wrangler to go with the new job!
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:54 PM   #32
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i would go with the safty cap if it was me. If it rusted out bad enought to pull the inserts out you arent going to have anything to weld to. The first time you hit a rusted spot it is just going to melt the rust away. you would need pretty good medal to weld a piece in.

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Sorry Timothy I didnt take any pictures when I did it. I agree with Jason, If your frame is that bad I would get the safety cap. Like I said, my frame just had some rust inbetween the skid and the frame. My frame was solid everywhere else. I just figured Id make a suggestion if it could help you save some money. Oh and dont buy a new jeep, fix the one you have!

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