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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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V-Brace Support Removal?

Hey guys.. got a quick question some of you may have experience with. I have an aftermarket cage that does not use the v-brace support that goes from left to right between the engine cover and bed. I'm trying to finish up installing my snorks and it would make life alot easier if that thing was out of the way. My question is would I be hurting the structrual integrity of the machine my removing that? The only thing I was wondering is if it's possibly keeping that frame area from spreading apart any (left to right)? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 08:34 AM
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Question v-bars

Daryle TN,my thoughts i would keep the bars in place,these things have plenty of flex now. but thats gonna be up to you......................

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That's what I was afraid of... oh well.. At least all these projects being more difficult that I plan save my life. Because if something went easy I'm pretty sure I would kill-over with a heart attack!

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on the XTZ model the "brace" is so poorly factory mounted I wouldn't trust any strength to it ... IMHO you could X brace it on the outside of the roll cage and add plenty of strength / support to the cage and get the room you are looking for

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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Ok guys I know this is a horrible pic, but I just sketched something up. I think this might be something like you were suggesting GTroyer. And by the way thanks for the advice. So anyway.. heres a sketch showing kind of what I'm thinking about doing. Remove the V-Brace and weld a bar diagonally from the bottom of may cage horizontal support down to the frame and bolt it to the original V-Brace bolt locations. Any thoughts? Should tie everything together, remove some frame flex, and be stronger than the factory brace.
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yes that would be stronger than stock,i thought you were just gonna leave them out.great idea.........i think that was what GTroyer was saying.i have built alot of steel concrete forms over the years not to be bragging,but that will work...............................

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de3.. thanks buddy.. but your right in your initial thought. I was originally thinking about just taking it off. Now I guess if I go this route not only will I be getting that out of my way but will end up with a stronger chassis as a result. Win-Win

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I'm not so on board with the suggested design ... IMHO the rollcage now has a "bend point" ... an X brace would be from top to bottom on the outside/backside of the existing main hoop ... using your suggested design you would have to continue to the top some bracing. hope my thoughts make sense to the conversation.

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Smile cage

GTROYER,your wanting him to go clear to top of cage,

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post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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GTroyer.. I think I know what your getting at.. but I don't know if you know I'm no longer running a stock cage. I have no way to go to the top. I've not had the V-Brace in a long time. I'm just looking to remove where it mounts. Or maybe you do know that and I can't picture what you mean. Either way I appreciate any/all advise... Here's a pic of my cage. I'm just worried if the frame your possibly flex further apart behind the engine cover with the V-Brace connector removed.
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