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Old 07-15-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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my jeep center frame is rusting and my center skid plate is starting to hang. i need to have this repaired. do anyone know where i can find a type of metal the weld on. i know there are frame repair center kit by a company and the jeep quatec and 4wd sell the kit but there to much money. i want to make my own peace and weld it on can someone help me

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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i know they sell those kits. but i dont want to get it. i want the find some metal that can weld on myself
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You will have to just get some steel plating and some nutserts I assume. With out seeing how bad the damage is it is hard to tell. Have any pics.
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You will have to just get some steel plating and some nutserts I assume. With out seeing how bad the damage is it is hard to tell. Have any pics.
no ill take some now
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:24 PM   #7
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Just finished the drivers side and working on the passenger side this past weekend. I used 3/16 x 2 hot rolled steel. The 2" width is right on the money as it leaves the original bend of the member in tack. I found almost all of the damage was right down the center of the rail.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:33 PM   #8
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Just finished the drivers side and working on the passenger side this past weekend. I used 3/16 x 2 hot rolled steel. The 2" width is right on the money as it leaves the original bend of the member in tack. I found almost all of the damage was right down the center of the rail.
nice what did u use
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You could be looking at the same damage as mine.
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You could be looking at the same damage as mine.
yeah if i take off the skid plate its just like that
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nice what did u use
Just the 3/16' plate steel from Lowes. Same thickness as original. I am sure someone will chime and say that it's not the same OEM steel, but at this point the frame is already 14 years old and anything is better than swiss cheese. I used 1/2" nuts welded to a 3/4" heavy plate washer to replace the nutserts, then drilled out a hole in the plate and welded the washer to the bottom with the nut recessed.

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I still cannot raise my arms above my head after spending almost 2 hours of holding up the angle grinder on my back smoothing and blending the welds
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Just the 3/16' plate steel from Lowes. Same thickness as original. I am sure someone will chime and say that it's not the same OEM steel, but at this point the frame is already 14 years old and anything is better than swiss cheese. I used 1/2" nuts welded to a 3/4" heavy plate washer to replace the nutserts, then drilled out a hole in the plate and welded the washer to the bottom with the nut recessed.

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ok ill go to lower and see if they have steel plates what kind of weld did u use? what weld rod was use?
i have a eletric welder
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I used the mig on mine with .030 wire. If you are using an ARC welder I would use 1/8 5P sticks or 5 P Plus.
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I know it's kinda late to be adding this comment, but while you have the frame cut open, you should treat all the rust in sight on the inside with POR.
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It is hard to tell with out seeing it cleaned up and the skid plate off. You might not be as lucky as the other guy and be able to just replace the bottom. Looks like it has rotted around the bottom corners. You might try to weld to it and it might just evaporate. The picture with the racket strap looks like there is a horizontal crack.
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I used the mig on mine with .030 wire. If you are using an ARC welder I would use 1/8 5P sticks or 5 P Plus.
yeah i have a arc welder and anothere welder but not shore what it is here a pic of what i have

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It is hard to tell with out seeing it cleaned up and the skid plate off. You might not be as lucky as the other guy and be able to just replace the bottom. Looks like it has rotted around the bottom corners. You might try to weld to it and it might just evaporate. The picture with the racket strap looks like there is a horizontal crack.
yeah there a crack
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yeah there a crack
you the i can use that steel that im going to buy at lower to do the side to
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you the i can use that steel that im going to buy at lower to do the side to
Ya I guess you could. Price it out and see how much the metal will cost and then price the safety caps. If it was my jeep and with the crack going way up it I would go with the safety cap. I am just afraid the more you get into it the more you are going to have to cut out to find good metal. The horizontal crack is what would scare me the most. In my opinion that shows a major weakness right there.
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Ya I guess you could. Price it out and see how much the metal will cost and then price the safety caps. If it was my jeep and with the crack going way up it I would go with the safety cap. I am just afraid the more you get into it the more you are going to have to cut out to find good metal. The horizontal crack is what would scare me the most. In my opinion that shows a major weakness right there.
yeah im going to price them. what kind of grade weld rod did u use for the safety cap. and did u use a arc welder
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yeah im going to price them. what kind of grade weld rod did u use for the safety cap. and did u use a arc welder
He said he used a mig. Couldn't see to we'll in the one picture but I am pretty sure the one welder in the picture is a mig.
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He said he used a mig. Couldn't see to we'll in the one picture but I am pretty sure the one welder in the picture is a mig.
which one the little bright red welder is arc welder but im not shor what the other one. all i know its a heavy one to move around
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which one the little bright red welder is arc welder but im not shor what the other one. all i know its a heavy one to move around
No offense if you don't know what it is I would have someone else weld it for you.
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No offense if you don't know what it is I would have someone else weld it for you.
yeah someone is going to do it but i have to get all the stuff
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Looks like you have both. A 220 volt Buzz box and a 115V MIG
ok thanks hey i see 3/16".188 steel plate 12"/12" would its work good for the frame
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ok thanks hey i see 3/16".188 steel plate 12"/12" would its work good for the frame
Lowe's by me have a 36" x 2" x 3/16" strip which fits the bottom nicely

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