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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:46 AM
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90 frame mods?

Hi, I'm getting ready to galvanize my project 90 frame and am wondering if anyone has any sugestions for modifications to the frame that require welding that I should consider before dipping it? Thanks.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 03:45 AM
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I would make sure it has mounts for both an NAS style rear tank and a Euro style side tank, though I understand some of the euro tanks are drill to existing outriggers only rather than welding on the outriggers.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 04:38 AM
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Yep... It has the mounts for the side tank and I've found a source for a rear tank that will fit it. It is an exmilitary 90. It had no engine and trans so I'm fitting a 3.5 efi V8 and ZF from a 1987 RR, I've welded in the V8 mounts and test fitted the complete engine and ZF with prop shafts and axles and it all looks good that way.
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Rear winch maybe?

The only other thing I could think of is heim trailing arm mounts.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 09:46 AM
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Yep... It has the mounts for the side tank and I've found a source for a rear tank that will fit it. It is an exmilitary 90. It had no engine and trans so I'm fitting a 3.5 efi V8 and ZF from a 1987 RR, I've welded in the V8 mounts and test fitted the complete engine and ZF with prop shafts and axles and it all looks good that way.
Are you looking for a rear tank for it? You said you found a source, but I have a cool option I am about to put for sale. I can post it up if you are looking.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 11:55 AM
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I would weld on reinforcement plates on the side rails between the front and rear trail arms as well as 1/4" skid plate that you weld onto the rear trailing ears-to-frame rail as this is an area that gets beat to hell on the trail.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 12:42 PM
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I would second Chris' comment--because the D-90 frame is only 14 guage thick it will be very susceptible to damage between the mounts for the radius arms and rear trailing arms. You could simply buy "frame sliders" after the fact, but since you have the ability to weld you should consider adding on 3/16 (or whatever you prefer) plate now to this area to reinforce it. At the same time you could follow through to the actual frame mounts for the radius/trailing arms, thus eliminating two major hang up points on each side.

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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:03 PM
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Thanks for the sugestions so far guys. I've been thinking of welding a strip along the bottom between the mounts though the Rockware frame slider/plate things look really good to and might do a better job than I can. On the suspension mods, I'm going to stick close to stock as this truck will be used as a daily driver as well as an off road fun toy, I don't think that I'll be running tires over 33" but never say never
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