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Old 04-23-2007
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Crossmember Rubbage

So yea, my d-shaft is rubbing a little bit on one of the crossmembers. Is it possible just to cut out the part where it's rubbing to just let the d-shaft go through?

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i wouldnt just cut..if you do notch it and bridge is and fill in the gap, like cut out and where its open take a piece of flat metal and roll it to shape, bend it or what not to make it whole again..

and if you do cut it NEVER MAKE 90 DEGREE CUTS round them off

90 degree cuts are stress points and will crack over time
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Which crossmember is it rubbing on? Before you starting hacking on FRAME CROSSMEMBERS, be sure you know why they're there!
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I have been thinking about chopping it out, have not got to that point yet but im sure i will. im just going to run some channel above and below it.
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Yea, I'd re enforce it some way or anything, I just need some gappage between the shaft & x-member.

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Go ahead and trim it... Desert folk do it all the time
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Go ahead and trim it... Desert folk do it all the time

have some pictures?
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Personaly.. no.. I'll see what I can find though.

It was never an issue for me. The transfercase pushed the shaft back far enough that it doesnt rub. But the 2wd guys with 1piece drive shafts have to clearance it.
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Which crossmember are we talking about?
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The one like right at the back of the cab. It kinda supports a little piece of the gas tank & goes under the d-shaft.

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i would just cut it and bridge it over the Dshaft
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brb.. ill take a pic of mine
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here ya go

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that looks like it is the carrier bearing crossmember that was on my truck......i talked with a Ford engineer who said it wasn't a structural part of the frame and taking it out wouldnt hurt anything......

i haven't had mine in there for about 2 years..........ripped it out when i switched to the 1 piece drivshaft....
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that looks like it is the carrier bearing crossmember that was on my truck......i talked with a Ford engineer who said it wasn't a structural part of the frame and taking it out wouldnt hurt anything......

i haven't had mine in there for about 2 years..........ripped it out when i switched to the 1 piece drivshaft....

are you sure it does not hold the tank?
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mine didn't....the tank went over it......might want to look on ya'lls trucks.......i had to remove the front part of the tank skid plate since it attached to the crossmember, but other than that it was grind off the 4 rivits and take her out...
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Problem solved =] (like my exhaust? haha):



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nice.......that makes it easier for flex also......
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haha. I sure hope so, and I want an exhaust SO bad.

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^^ same here. im over mine being dumped under the cab.
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so you decided it was not needed ?
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^^ same here. im over mine being dumped under the cab.
x2 the cab noise is starting to bother me
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looks good B-Man..

just get a muffler and dump it like i got..

its loud but not as loud as what you have now..
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x2 the cab noise is starting to bother me
no cat equals an awesome aroma(sp?) when windows are open.
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no cat equals an awesome aroma(sp?) when windows are open.
i have cats..

EDIT: never mind you are talking about yours..lol
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