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Old 11-22-2005
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reinforcing the front skid plate

ya ya.. i didnt wanna jack a thread..

ok, take my front skid plate yall are peeing on and saying how crappy it is blah to you. anyways, what if, i took 1inch angle iron, and flipped it over, like this V only upside down, and welded it with my crappy welding skillz to the skid plate.... wouldnt that make it significantly stronger?
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Old 11-23-2005
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wouldnt it be easier to take the stocker off and make one exactly like it outta 1/4 or 3/16 material?
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No the first way would be easier for the garage builder and it would work if you are looking for the stock look. I say just build a bumper with a heavy duty one. JMO
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my factory plate is off right now, because the bolts rusted out and it was holding on by only one. i dont want to weld it, and the bolts dont fit anymore....and i cant tap the holes cuz my tapper is a piece of crap. any ideas?

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drill em out with a carbide bit, then use stainless steel bolts and lockwashers. thats how mine is attached, infact all my skid plates are using dads collection of stainless.... shh thats our secret.

and making your own skid plate? thats if you have lots of patience, and a million dollars in metal fabrication.... ill admit we got alot of tools, but no way to make a factory like skid plate. I dont want to take off my front valance, i think it looks good the way it is.... i dont do any serious off roading, but, if i could reinforce it a lil with out losing too much asthetics, thats all good in my book.
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i have to figure out how to get a nut up inside the frame if i remember correctly. and then hold onto it while i tighten the bolt...

thanks for the info, ill give it a try
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i think that it would make it a lot stronger.
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Install Helicoils?
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This aftermarket plate uses 1/8" wall, 2" tubing on either side with a plate in between . The stocker could be beefed up in a similar way using tube or angle or a new one could be fabbed with thicker steel for the plate.



http://www.millersfabrication.com/skidplate.html
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