Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: 29 Palms, CA
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Re: Frame Extension?
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...My biggest question: can I have a quality frame shop extend the pickup frame nearly 2 feet without compromising the integrity of the entire vehicle?
I would add an uprated weight sticker to the 350 to about 15000lbs (and get 450/550 front adapters, and use 19.5" OEM wheels/tires) when it's all said and done....
[/ QUOTE ]A quality frame shop should be able to extend the frame in a safe manner that keeps the strength of the original frame. But is the original frame as strong as it needs to be for what you want? One thing that comes to mind is what is the strength differance between the F450 frame you want to replicate and the F350 frame you wil be using? What I mean is, are the F450 frame rails made of thicker steel, are they taller/wider rails, etc? Even a seemingly insignifigant increase in the size of a frame rail can make a large differance in its strength.
I don't know how things are where you live and I hear some states will register the vehicle as what ever weight you tell them it is but I believe only a certified upfitter can legally change the actual GVWR of a vehicle.
Not saying it can't be done, just pointing out something to consider when making your decision.
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