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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-07-2003, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Can I remove this from the frame???

The bar that is marked with an arrow, came with that towing ball and plate on there when the Zuk was bought years ago.



I never bothered to remove it but I want to now for obvious reasons ie. clearance, don't like it/need it, etc... From the looks of it, it doesn't look like I need it structurally but want to be sure as this is a daily driver too, so safety first. When I build the rear bumper, I'm going to integrate a tow section into it so this one is not needed any more.

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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

Yep it wont effect a thing by taking it off... that was the first thing I did to my Samurai.
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

It makes a good foot step though.....
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

Its a great trail plow also !
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

Mine is bent to hell from rocks [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] It will be the next thing to go bye bye..but think I should get a gas tank skid plate if I do. [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

i am so cheap that i kept mine on to help keep the gas tank from getting crushed instead of a real skid plate. the stock fuel tank skid plate is about as strong as tin foil so it doesn't count.
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

My friend has a 4runner....he crushed his tank on a rock and screwed up the fuel pump pretty good....so there is a good reason for a heavy duty gas skidder [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

I know someone who was hit hard enough to bend that bar clear to the tank. If you are hit by a car with a lower bumperline without it, there is a better chance of your tank rupturing.

As for me, it's gone. Dead weight. I do have a 1" tube of square metal running across to support the tracker tank that utilizes its mounting holes though (ignore the arrow in the pic it was for something else).
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

When you find out and then find out how, let me know!

One of my most vivid memories of the '01 Melt is whackin' that hitch plate coming out of the tube.

I think my next attempt at removing it will be having the bolt heads ground off...

In the meantime, I opted for a 4.5" SPOA and a set of 31's to improve my departure angle... [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Re: Can I remove this from the frame???

ack..are you just trying to find out how to get that whole bar off? For mine, I had to grind through the 4 large bolt heads with a dremel tool enough to knock them the rest of the way off with a chisel and a BFH. It took a long time and I think i am still picking metal shavings out of my skin.

There are four smaller bolts on the ends that I tried to take out but they just snapped off. After I got all of them off the thing just fell off.

I remember landing on that a few times on rocks, too. Now that it isnt there I have a hardcore4x4 gas tank skid plate protecting the tank. It will take a good whack (have done so already) and not bend up into the tank. It's pretty heavy stuff.

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