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Old 09-04-2014, 03:42 PM   #1
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Replacing belly pan strap without welding

Our straps on the frame that the belly pan attaches have parts missing. Is it necessary to weld on new pieces, or would bolting on be OK? We finally got the floor down and we'd really like to not have to get under there and weld.

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Old 09-04-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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Since all it does is hold up the belly pan, I would think bolting, or even pop-riveting, would be more than strong enough.

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Old 09-04-2014, 04:59 PM   #3
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Should be fine. Use Nyloc nuts.
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agree with minno - there is not much structural to this piece and pop riveting should provide adequate support. another option might be kb-weld. i've had good luck in the past for light duty applications.

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Old 09-04-2014, 11:17 PM   #5
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Yyyaaaaaayyy!! Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:19 PM   #6
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What kind of material can we use? Cheap and easy would be good.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:23 PM   #7
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Do you mean jb-weld? How tough is that stuff anyway?
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:07 AM   #8
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Go to your local hardware store and buy some steel bar the same thickness and width as the piece you still have intact. Or close to the same size - it doesn't have to be an exact match for what it's supporting. I buy small quantities of steel and aluminum bar at Ace Hardware or Fleet Farm. Perhaps Tractor Supply would carry it as well.

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The existing ones were really heavy. This will be an improvement.
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I'm just at the stage of removing my pan and assessing my frame condition.
I note that when drilling out the rivets on the curved belly wraps that the
aluminum is under a bit of tension.
IMO .... I think steel would be more rigid to support the tension evenly so the
wraps curve smoothly.
Using bolts seems a logical solution to me for you
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I agree on the steel, that's what we're going to use. The previous straps felt like iron! Maybe they were.
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How thick would the steel have to be, at minimum? I found a place that sells channel. I hope it's not too expensive.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:41 PM   #13
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Is stainless OK? I'm kind of a rube at metal. I know there's a corrosion problem between some steel and aluminum.
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