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Old 07-02-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Who makes the best rear frame strenthening plates?

I am wanting to beef up the back of the frame while I have the box off so first of all who all makes these reinforcement plates?

Who makes the best rear frame strengthening plates?

Can they be added without additional fabrication e.g. shock mount relocation, etc.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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The best ones are the homemade ones, because you did it yourself!

However, they are all pretty much the same, just some plate that has cut outs in it. Yes they can be installed with no modifications at all. Just slap em one their and weld. (Well obviously grind the frame down clean! )
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I am wanting to beef up the back of the frame while I have the box off so first of all who all makes these reinforcement plates?

Who makes the best rear frame strengthening plates?

Can they be added without additional fabrication e.g. shock mount relocation, etc.

Thanks for the input.
45acp and I got my plate from a scrap yard. Paid like $8 or something for enough metal for both sides

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How do the side plates like the ones pictured compare to the boxed frame kits I have seen around?

BTW that plate looks nice!
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How do the side plates like the ones pictured compare to the boxed frame kits I have seen around?
I'd imagine quite well.

A lot of guys who carry a lot of weight in the rear (armor, RTT, etc) use the outer plate method (or whatever it's called)
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If you box your frame - - it will be stronger than just thickening one wall section.
But that all depends on the thickness of the material you use and how well is your welding skills.
If I had the time, I would had boxed my frame.
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3/16" plate is plenty for frame plating or boxing. It's thicker than the stock frame. Boxing the frame will be stronger than outer frame plates, but either will work and help to keep your frame from bending after the addition of weight over the rear of the truck.

As for which ones are best? Not a whole lot of difference in the plates themselves. It will come down more to the quality of your welds.

One suggestion I'll make with outer plates. If you don't fully weld around the perimeter (like the ones Madjik_man posted) I think it's a good idea to use some seam sealer in the areas around the edge where there isn't a weld. That will help to keep moisture out from between the plates and the frame. Otherwise you can develop rust between the plate and frame which will eat through the frame quicker than if you didn't have plates at all.
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I was thinking the same thing looking at that picture.
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Already ran a bead of silicone adhesive around the non-welded areas. Should hold up fine IMO
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Silicone will be fine but it attracts dirt and the dirt sticks to it. It washes off fine, but just looks dirty most of the time. Seam sealer is stronger and doesn't attract dirt.
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Silicone will be fine but it attracts dirt and the dirt sticks to it. It washes off fine, but just looks dirty most of the time. Seam sealer is stronger and doesn't attract dirt.
Why don't I confer with you before I do anything?

I suppose I can dig this sealant off and get seam sealer, I suppose. Do they make it in black?
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