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Radiator Support

On a 98. how do u remove the radiator support? is it bolted in? welded? I know how to get the header panel off, so it would just be after that.
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I think its welded in.
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any idea how much is welded? I read somewhere that it was just spot welded but that was for a a different year range i believe
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spot welded...somewhere around 20 or so welds per side.
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damn 20 ish a side, I was wondering if it was worth the effort to try doing myself or if i should strip it down to the the support and take it to a shop.
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bump on this, wondering if anyone has a pic of said welds. and is it also bolted in or just welded.
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there are two bolts at the bottom that mount it to the frame, but that should be it minus all the brackets for the header panel, etc.

you can see the holes all down the sides, and come across the front of the core support:
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thanks for pics! how hard was it to remove the spot welds? did u use a drill bit or wht? and what did u do to reattach it?
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nm the part about drill bits, it just connected in my brain. but i do wanna ask if u used a reg drill bit or a spot weld bit (read about those somewhere).
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i honestly didn't take the core support out of that one. it was a friends truck, he did that part, then i inherited the truck. i would get a spot weld cutter and use that to leave as much metal behind as you can. then a chisel and hammer should take care of the small areas you may have missed.
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oh ok thanks man. i was also wondering cuz it didnt loook like u would have much to attach to but then i realized u have a dif gen ranger there.
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the core support is 98+. the welds line up almost perfect between the 93 and 98.
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Cool so it probably best to drill out spots bolt two bottom bolts and fill holes back in w welds?
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How huge was the struggle to get the radiator support into place? The part I have looks like yours but it seems to tall by a couple of inches to fit in place.
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