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MDF99
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posted 02-20-2002 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MDF99   Click Here to Email MDF99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where the comp. engineering connectors attach to the front frame rail, how do you go about squaring up the frame rail so that the connector will fit on there. Right now it's slightly triangular in shape and the connector slips on only a little bit. I was thinking of making three cuts on each side of the frame rail, tap each side in till they're square, then weld the cuts back up and bolt and weld the connector on. How do you all go about it? Thanks.

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-20-2002 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can do that. Just make certain that the car is "square" first. I would let it settle on the stands for at least a day before you do any welding.

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I always thought that it was not good to weld in the subframe connectors while the frame was unloaded ie wheels off the ground. Doesn't the frame sag in the middle on a unibody? Wouldn't this cause preload in the suspension if the suspension is fully extended? Just wonderin...

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-21-2002 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NOt if you properly distribute the weight on jack stands. All of the weight is on the front and rear anyway. As long as you place the car on stands loaded on the original frame rails, it will settle square.

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