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Old April 2nd, 2007, 09:13 PM
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rear cross member replacement question

Greetings all,

With all this talk about rear cross member replacement, I seem to remember someone talking about a solution to sourcing replacement fuel tank brackets. (those two brackets that the fuel tank skid and sway bar bolts to) I tried a search, but didn't come up with any luck. Can anyone assist?

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Old April 2nd, 2007, 09:29 PM
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I am new, but tell me if I am understanding. What exactly are you referring to as the sway bar mounts to the plate that holds the tank up and that plate is bolted to the steel that surrounds it. I made a new tank plate out of heavier steel and welded nuts on the back side for the sway bar. Am I way off base?
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 09:33 PM
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I sourced a rear crossmember with extensions ($395.00) from Rovers North. PN: PLH619110
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 09:35 PM
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OK, gotcha now
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 09:37 PM
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I'm talking about the two brackets that the plate bolts to. You can see them from the wheel wells. They have large holes that the poly tank can be seen through. There is one welded to the side of each frame rail.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 10:16 PM
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Ok, large holes approx 4" wide by 3" high oval that shows where the tank plate and sway bar mounts?

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I can't really see anything to be repaired or replaced that is bolt on except the plate under the tank itself. Sorry I couldn't help
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 06:32 AM
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I'm talking about the two brackets that the plate bolts to. You can see them from the wheel wells. They have large holes that the poly tank can be seen through. There is one welded to the side of each frame rail.
I made a couple of those for JimC some time back. I'm sure you could fab up a couple of them Cirbo.

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Old April 3rd, 2007, 08:50 AM
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Can do, but I was hoping to find the easy button and not have to re-invent the wheel.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 01:43 PM
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I tried to find the easy button too, and it turned out to be Pendy. Incidentally, he did a great job replicating them and the bolt-on option has worked extremely well.
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A little bit of a thread hijack but are these side plates/brackets all that I would need to mount a NAS style gas tank to a european frame?

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Old April 4th, 2007, 11:29 AM
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A little bit of a thread hijack but are these side plates/brackets all that I would need to mount a NAS style gas tank to a european frame?

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That and you have to modify the rear crossmember a bit to allow for the tank (basically removing the sharp edge off the Euro crossmember).
We used to convert Euro Tdi frames to NAS/ Tdi all the time, its really easy and we have all the jigs if you need parts.
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Old April 4th, 2007, 07:45 PM
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Old April 4th, 2007, 09:32 PM
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Mike x 2

I had to spend an hour with the plasma torch and grinder before I could even begin to think about fitting the crossmember (with extensions) on to the existing frame.
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Old April 4th, 2007, 09:52 PM
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sorry again I couldn't help. We have a waterjet and about everything known to man involving metal. If I have a template, I can make anything for you guys. Glad you got it taken care of.
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That cross member with extensions looks nice. I will have to look into one of those.
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it sure does, get it galvnized pronto!
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Anyone have any photos of the crossmember installed?
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