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Old 01-17-2017, 11:42 PM
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Default Front frame jack stand reinforcement question

I started welding up my frame, and it is pretty good in the area where you normally put jack-stands. Any one ever reinforce this area? Or, have photos of other cars that were reinforced?

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I was thinking 1/8 or 3/16 thick 1x6" along the inside to level the two sides and then a piece across the full width of the frame.

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Old 01-18-2017, 04:18 AM
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Can't say I've ever had any problem with jack stands against the frame. I've thought about welding a reinforcement plate on the bottom of the crossmember for lifting purposes, though.
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Old 01-18-2017, 04:56 PM
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Thanks Sam, my old frame got pretty beat up from jack stands. So far all I've seen are guys putting 2x4's on the jack stands. That's not a solution for me.

Maybe need to fix the JS too, with these:

"These durable rubber jack stand pads protect your car from scrapes and nicks while using 3 or 6 ton jack stands. The jack stand pads won't gouge or rip and are slip- and oil-resistant.
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My BMW has the front end up in the driveway while I fix a few things. I have some of those heavy rubber pads on the stands, so far no issues.
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Thought I had a pic on file - but couldn't find it so words will have to do. I had a piece of steel box section left over from a Harbor freight engine stand. I made a cross-member for the frame to sit on. First I cut 2 square holes (angle grinder in the bottom. Just the size of the jack stand "T" tops. Takes a bit of "tilting" to get in - but no movement. They are cut at a spacing to match the frame width. I use the 2 stands with the cross-member, each mounted on a Harbor Freight 1000# capacity furniture rolling platform. Works pretty well but very stable. here is the bottom of the stands;



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just a quick note - those are bolted with all-thread through the plywood to the lower frame on the roller set-up. Picture doesn't show that however...
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All good ideas, thanks.

I'll probably plate the bottom and am thinking of drilling the top of the frame 1/2" or3/4" and run some chrome molly tubing to tie the top and bottom together.
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