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Chevy Frames

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jason and jason, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. jason and jason

    jason and jason Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    This is just a warning for chevy guys who plow commercially and really use your truck. I would recommend putting gussets on your on your frame just for extra protection. I have a 2004 Chevy 1 ton with a Boss 9-2 V and out of 65000 miles, 45000 are plowing and my frame broke on both sides right behind the control arms and almost snapped in half. I found these guys locally who build race cars and they fixed it like it was a piece of art. This guy on this site helped me tons and I want to thank him, it is B&B. He also makes gussets which are cheap protection for your frame. Next truck will be a Ford there meant to work, my 95 f-350 still kicks ass. I tried to post pictures but they will not post.
  2. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    It's all good. I'm willing to guess 99% of us already know. Glad you found out but sorry it was too late.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592


    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Here are the pics. The first one is of the truck, the second the break in the frame, the third is a side view of the frame after being fixed. (notice the gusset on the bottom of the frame also). And the forth is a pic of the frame as most of us have seen with the gusset attached. The company that fixed this did a awesome job!




  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    You couldn't made them any bigger before posting, Ryan???? :D
  6. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    I'm always amazed to see this. I already had them on mine when I bought it, but I constantly check on them as I use a 1005 lbs plow.
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    It's an issue, but pretty cheap to take care of if fixed before it breaks.
  8. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    I've got 134,000 on my 2000 NBS. Been plowing with it since I bought it 4 years ago. I check my frame regularly in this spot and it looks darn near new for some reason. There are no gussets installed.

    Guess I'm just not working the truck hard enough.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    But do you want to tempt it mayhem?

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Sorry Mike, I didn't think about it until it was to late.
  11. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    Something I should look into on the Colorado?
  12. bluefishbob

    bluefishbob Junior Member
    from erie pa
    Messages: 13

    From what ive read, the plow package trucks have a gusset there already. Am i wrong? I have seen several chevy trucks do this but ive also seen alot more not. I have 2 chevs and 2 fords and dont see this on my trucks.
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Most '01-'02 had the gussets whether they were plow prep or not, the majority of 03-up do not whether they were plow prep equipped or not. Mostly a hit or miss (after '02) deal more than anything...that's why you have to look and if they're not there install them.
  14. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    Where can I find these gusset and how much are they?
  15. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    Since I am not a welder or fabricator, can I order these pre-made somewhere and take them to get welded on or would it be best to just talk to some shops and see if they can fabricate the gusset and weld it on right away?
  16. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

  17. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    They're nothing tough to fab up but if you want a pre-made ready to install set shoot me a PM and I'll show you where to source them.
  18. srlovett

    srlovett Junior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 17

    do you have a printable template that can be used to make them?
    2000 k2500
  19. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Not for the GMT400 trucks no sorry I don't.
  20. srlovett

    srlovett Junior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 17

    alright thanks