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Old 08-25-2010, 06:21 PM
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Default Frame Stretching

I have seen a few guys hve stretched their frames or made a longer frame out of two sets instead of buying the aluminum channels. For one thing all of the holes will be in the right place when going this route and another thing is the fuel tank brackets and battery box brackets will not need modifying. Is this a good way to go?

If you look closely under the sleeper of this truck you will notice some "stretch marks".
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:23 PM
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BTW way I'm only wanting about a 2" stretch. Not crazy about the extra long DR. Suess look.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:58 PM
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I like the way your truck looks as is!! were did you get your tires from?
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:00 PM
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NO!!!!, not my truck, I wish!!!!!! That is that guy from Japan, i think He could make peterbilts out of dog turds.

That is about the stretch i want though.

http://www93.sakura.ne.jp/~time-tunnel/truck.html
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:30 PM
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There are a couple of guys on this board that sell the stock for frame rails .I have used the material from 2 of them and it is real good stuff!

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Old 08-26-2010, 03:08 AM
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I think if hidden in an inconspicuous place and painted, it works. Random thought: It is interesting that Time Tunnel uses the stretch and another Japanese site I really like, Dream Express, does it as well.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:15 AM
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There are a couple of guys on this board that sell the stock for frame rails .I have used the material from 2 of them and it is real good stuff!

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I have bought from two of the guys as well, I don't mean to offend anybody but I was not happy with holes not lining up 100% and having to file down the battery box and fuel tank brackets. I guess nothing is perfect.
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check w/ Ric at PMD:

you can get the extensions and use them:

http://www.gardentrucking.com/produc...esort=1&max=10




Let me also say, you can get the rails welded together. I have 2 of my trucks welded together and got a local guy to do it for $10 per frame...
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:37 PM
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Freddy Gear Drive makes and sells rails they are a perfect fit in every way ask him and he can set you up.
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Are the 48" rails that Garden Trucing sells the same contour as the Tamiya rails?
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Claus they are exactly like Frddys. I have used Freddys and I can tell you that they are perfect. I have aso used two other guys frame rails and they are nice but there is some work to be done to get parts to fit as they are a tad taller but that does have some advatages.
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:48 PM
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Well I tried my own frame stretch tonight, I think it's going to work fine. I found the the bolt pattern for the cross-members and the leaf spring mounting plates is the same, so i ground or filed down two of the plates to fit inside the frame rails. I wanted a 3" stretch came out a little bit longer but not much. The splice will be hidden behind the fuel tanks so i think this will work out well. My frame rails are now factory contour with factory holes, yeah!!!


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Nice little trick but you now have no side strength in your rails you would be better to have a piece made that would be 2 inches long and you have 3 to 4 bolts on both sides of the cut this will give you strength. Take your rails and flex it I am sure it bends very very easy. I thought Freddy was making you rails..
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Nice little trick but you now have no side strength in your rails you would be better to have a piece made that would be 2 inches long and you have 3 to 4 bolts on both sides of the cut this will give you strength. Take your rails and flex it I am sure it bends very very easy. I thought Freddy was making you rails..
I hope Freddy is making me rails, he said he was busy. I had extra parts and time on my hands so I thought I would give this a try tonight. One piece is always better than two. BTW the cross-members keep most of the flex out of it.

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Yeah I am sure they do but not enuff of it out.. Take it to a welding shop and have it tiged together..
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Well I sure hope you do not get pulled in for a safety check by DOT that will never last long scaled truck or real truck . take a 2" piece of that leftover rail cut the flanges off and bolt it inside with an 1" on either side of the splice And like TC said 4 bolts on each side .

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Well I sure hope you do not get pulled in for a safety check by DOT that will never last long scaled truck or real truck . take a 2" piece of that leftover rail cut the flanges off and bolt it inside with an 1" on either side of the splice And like TC said 4 bolts on each side .

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Right on chaka khan or talk real nice to steve and maybe he will mill you a nice fitting splice for the back side of the rails.
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Well I sure hope you do not get pulled in for a safety check by DOT that will never last long scaled truck or real truck . take a 2" piece of that leftover rail cut the flanges off and bolt it inside with an 1" on either side of the splice And like TC said 4 bolts on each side .

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My words are exactly as Steve's As soon as you load the frame maybe even under it's own weight the frame's gonna sag. 30 years ago I used to help a guy stretch short wheel base tractors into triaxel coal buckets. We added the splice then doubled the frame rails and bolted the whole works. I never liked the idea but you just had to know the guy
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My words are exactly as Steve's As soon as you load the frame maybe even under it's own weight the frame's gonna sag. 30 years ago I used to help a guy stretch short wheel base tractors into triaxel coal buckets. We added the splice then doubled the frame rails and bolted the whole works. I never liked the idea but you just had to know the guy
Exactly , I have seen the result of a poor frame stretch and it's not pretty
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:06 PM
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Well, I heard back from Freddy, he is making me some rails. You guys can stop worrying about my sagging frame. I really do not think it would have ever been a problem on an RC truck, maybe for a guy like Lil Giants that really works a truck but for the average guy I don't see it.
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