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07 Duramax frame cracked

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by tacovic, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. tacovic

    tacovic Member
    Messages: 82

    Just had to replace the front diff from the last storm and my mechanic tells me my frame is cracked in the front on both sides. I have seen the thread on here regarding the topic but I would like to get some more information specific to my case. Is the truck ok to plow with as it sits? My mechanic is making it sound like it is dangerous to even drive. What is the best way to resolve this issue? Weld the crack, steel plates, and gussets? We might get some snow here tonight and I need to know if it would hold up if I plowed with it. Should I get a frame guy to do the work or can any good welder tackle the job? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Get a good frame guy to take a look at it.
     
  3. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    i would get it fixed before i use it.
     
  4. durafish

    durafish PlowSite.com Addict
    from 02919
    Messages: 1,092

    i would not just "weld" it. i was about to buy a truck a a cracked frame and brought it to the frame guy. he said he would put plates in and gussets, basically be the strongest part of the frame. get it done right the first time.
     
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    On a 2007.....ridiculous.
     
  7. RBRONKEMA GHTFD

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Classic or nbs?
     
  8. mass1589

    mass1589 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 338

    How many miles?? Truck beat on and worked daily? i def wouldnt plow with it.... Ide talk to a frame guy plates and gusset are def a good idea
     
  9. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Did this truck have the gussets?
     
  10. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    I wouldn't even drive it to the store to get beer. The trick is to get it fixed before the damage gets to be severe. This is a job for a Pro.
     
  11. skostur79

    skostur79 Member
    from ne ohio
    Messages: 67

  12. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    GM doesn't offer plow preps on Dmax trucks? Really?
     
  13. skostur79

    skostur79 Member
    from ne ohio
    Messages: 67

    just on reg cabs it's a option vyu is plow prep
    pre 2011. the gvw is maxed on ext and crews
    gm wipes there hands on frame damages from
    trucks w/o the prep pack
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012
  14. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I see........
     
  15. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I have plow prep WFI on my 2006 Dmax EC.
















    WAYNE FIXED IT:)
     
  16. skostur79

    skostur79 Member
    from ne ohio
    Messages: 67

    QUOTE=tuney443;1539155]I have plow prep WFI on my 2006 Dmax EC.



    WFI doesnt come up on gm's rpo list ,

    again it could be just nbs 2007+
    my gm rep told me his when i had a broken one
    in the shop

    just a heads up if you diff pulls from frame or breaks on the spots

    gm need to see plow prep before you get the big let down like original poster
     
  17. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Like somebody in your life at one time most likely once told you---YOU NEED TO SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE.:)

    Go back and read again my ENTIRE post.
     
  18. skostur79

    skostur79 Member
    from ne ohio
    Messages: 67

    yup i missed it

    good luck with that frame replace o.p.
     
  19. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Have any pictures? And DO NOT use it! You cow,d make something that was fixable not.
     
  20. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Take a camera with you to the frame shop. When he has the truck on the lift with the wheels off get some pics to post so we can see the damage.

    You might consider taking it to a shop that specializes in truck repair. They've seen frame cracks before and have experience in what the best fix is.