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Old 09-29-2009
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Frame Straightening

What all goes into straightening the frame? I know it isn't something I can do myself, but I'd like to know what all goes into it. Do they use hydraulic jacks or what? Also, does it make the frame considerably weaker? Idk if I should get it straightened out or just get the backhalf of another Ranger and have it welded on instead. Thanks
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Old 09-29-2009
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i think it all depends on how much is bent.. if its really f'ed up its not worth straightening.. but its just a little tweaked then it'd be worth it.. i think they use a hydraulic puller thingy.. the TV show "trucks" on the powerblock straightened a frame on one of their project trucks using the puller thingy.
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Old 10-05-2009
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Question... is the back half of a Ranger held on by rivet like things? Like would it be possible to get the backhalf of another ranger and bolt it onto mine?
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frame rails are one piece front to back on each side. they are then tied together by a series of crossmembers. It depends how bad its hit whether or not it can or should be repaired. If the ends are damaged a little bit, then it can work. If you have a diamond in the frame, that may be able to be fixed. If its really bad, then you are better off doing a frame swap or just getting another vehicle. I dont like sectioning frames myself, but it can be done.
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Ok, so it can be done? The rear frame where the bumper attaches is pretty fubared, other than that it isn't too bad, it's still straight, just bent. Held up pretty well seeing as though i got hit by a sebring going 40 when I was at a dead stop
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Post pics and we can go from there. Did it bend where it goes over the axle?
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Hold on, I'll go take some. No, it didn't bend it that far, just where the bumper bolts on, and the spare tire thingy. The bumper's bolted up with some random nuts and bolts I have so they won't be the greatest pictures, but I'll see what I can do
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can you drive it? if so take it to a shop and see what they have to say no one on here can give you a 100% answer if it can be fixed or not and how much it will cost
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Yes, it's driveable. I don't have the quote anymore, but I believe it'd be about $400 - $500 to fix. Reason I ask about the backhalf though is because I can get junkyard parts bonkers cheap because of of one of my dads friends. Uploading pictures now
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How bent down it is


Pushed the exhaust up a bit


Other side


A bit hard to tell, but here's the passenger side


Drivers side

Yes, I know the bolt doesn't look tightened all the way, but that's as tight as it'll go with an impact.
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Old 10-08-2009
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It looks like it can be repaired without much trouble. You will need new bumper brackets though, and the frame cant be fixed with anything bolt on. You are are going to have to take it somewhere and get it pulled. $400 bucks or so isnt so bad. Itll be worth it.
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Alright. Thanks
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did the adjuster look under the truck or just at the back
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yeah i have to agree with above find a new rear bumper and go have the frame pulled no other way to do it
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Old 10-08-2009
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I would heat it up and straighten it with a bmfh. Get a new bumper and call it a day...lol
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Old 10-09-2009
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it dont look that bad a big a$$ hamer should fix that and some heat
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A few months ago my ranger was hit on the same side and thetires on the passenger side were 1\2 closer together than the drivers side. When i got it back it was all good.
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My frame on the drivers side was almost as bad. I took a oxy/acetelene torch and 3lb mallet and beat the living ***k out of it and shes almost as good as new. Ive got the step bumper and new brackets. (bought new brackets with the new bumper, then 2 months later bought a BL which came with new brackets. ugh. lol)
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So you think I should just heat and beat it?
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Yeah. thats what I did to mine and I got it pretty close. I mean close enough that my bumper sits straight and flat. My hitch was a little customized to fit the frame, but then again when it got hit it had the hitch on so that beefy sucker go moved over pretty good too. Took me 2 hours of straihght beating to flatten out the sidebraces. And think about it, if your bumper sits straight, your hitch fits, whose going to know? and when you sell it, whats the likelyhood that anybody would notice it?
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Ok, so I'll try heating and beating it. Any pointers before hand? I'll probably pull the bed
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Actually with the bed off it would be easier. I did it with my bed on, but then again I did it at the same time as my body lift. One pointer is if you dont take the bed off and have a body lift on take the puck out or itll start to melt. Get the frame RED HOT and then beat the living hell out of it. If you have a pipe wrench and a big a** pipe, clamp that baby on there and pull when its hot. if its that kind of bend. Hard to tell from pic exactly. Also watch the taillight wiring.
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Wow. . . that was 40mph? That's pretty good!!
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Those pics are too close to see anything, take some further away looking up and down the length of the truck, but from what i can tell its just where the bumper mounts that is tweaked, as long as its not damaged to the point the position of your springs sit you will be okay as far as alignment, and as for the bumper if it were me i would chain down the truck, and pull the bumper in the opposite direction of the impact until the frame is relatively back to its original shape, then hammer out the rest of the damage, fit the new bumper assuming your are putting one on to see how it fits, then do whatever tweaking and bending needed to make it fit properly. But if you don't have access to anything to do this with you will have to bring it to a shop. Should be a fairly quick fix, cost of a new bumper and a few hours labor for the pull.
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Old 12-03-2009
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Well after 4 hours with a map torch, a bfh, a pry bar and several friend's bs'ing around i got the frame as straight as it's gonna go. It isn't perfect by any means but my rear end no longer looks like it has a lazy eye. Pictures tomorrow when it's light, my camera flash sucks
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