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Old 05-30-2015
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Has anyone split/seperated the two haves of the frame?

I'm currently in the proccess of cleaning up the frame to repaint it. I am eventually going to pull the axle out and get it on the bench to service bearings, seals, and brakes, as well as paint it. I would also like to remove both the "behind the cab" cross member, and also the rear/spare tire cross member, so that way I can clean them up and paint them better. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to seaperate them? Or just better to leave them how they are. Also, Would bolting it with one size bigger (drilling the hole slightly bigger) grade 8 bolt be fine for replacement of the rivots?

If this helps, its a 2001 Ford Ranger Edge, 4.0 SOHC, 4x4, Ext. Cab, 6 ft bed. I've attatched a poorly taken blurry photo of what I'm talking about.
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Old 06-16-2015
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Why be only partially OCD about the whole thing? I suspect that if you don't go ahead and do it completely you'll always wish you had....even though it really makes no sense to do so.
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Old 06-17-2015
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Use same size holes, bigger hole means less metal around the hole, and bolts rarely shear off, metal usually cracks from fatigue.

But I would leave them as is, clean and paint as one part.
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Replaced the back half of my bad frame on my 99 with a junkyard piece. Easy to do. Replaced rivets with grade 8 7/16 bolts same size as rivets. Works like a charm.
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