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ultra mount upper lift frame

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by snowish10, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Ive been doing some research, I have a 08 ultra mount pro plus, its starting to crack on the driver and passenger side upper lift frame where the bolts connected. Looking to see which way is better to weld a plate on the two side or the front and the back?? Somewhere over$230 for a new lift frame.

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  2. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
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    When the bolts tighten the sides need to swell. Put a reinforcing plate on the front and back but not the sides.
     
  3. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
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    When I fixed mine and my dads, I wrapped a piece of 1/4 flat bar all the way around the tube, kinda like on a truck's receiver hitch how the tube is doubled up at the end. welded the top all the way around and both have been great since I fixed them.
     
  4. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
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    so what did you take the bolts off or just put the bolts thru the plate as well??
     
  5. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
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    I drilled two holes first lined the holes up tacked the plate on heated it bent it heated it bent drilled the holes through. One more heat and bend. Also I welded the splice where it came around.
     
  6. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
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    ahh okay that make sense. did you just get a flat bar as wide as the tower or little bit smaller?
     
  7. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
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    I can't quite remember it was quite a few years ago. I just used what was in the shop. Think two or three inches. Sorry I was thinking of this more I believe I only drilled one hole. It was about two feet long I bent it around tacked it and cut the excess off.
     
  8. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
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    Here is what happens when you don't notice the cracks. I suspect this was aggravated by partially seized pivot bar pins. Stand by for after repair pics.

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  9. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
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    yikesss, look up the thread about adding grease fittings to the pins. Mine are kinda seized when i bought mine, but it was cuz it wasnt used alot. Fyi I had to drill mine out so be prepared.