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#1 OFFLINE   RJSquirrel

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:52 AM

Attention all you rust-belt dwellers! I just located a vendor that makes pre-formed frame repair kits for the dreaded frame rust problems our Pathfinders suffer from. No more improvised, hacked-up frame welding jobs. Save your self the fabrication hassles if your going to do it yourself, or save money on labor at the auto body shop since it is a pre-formed piece that goes from the rear bumper mount all the way to in front of the trailing arm mount.

The company is called :

http://www.autorust.com OR
http://www.safetcap.com

http://www.autorust.com/store/
They do have an online store but it currently does not have the pathfinder parts listed online. There is a downloadable PDF catalog that does show photos of the parts in question.

I called the supplier to verify that these are still being produced and they are. Yay!

The part #s are as follows: Prices are as of December 2010

ART-044L (Left side repair kit) ($160 USD)
ART-044R (Right side repair kit) ($160 USD)
ART-044S (Set of both sides) ($310 USD)

Contact them at:
Auto Rust Technicians
Safe-T-Cap Frame Repair
275 Niantic Ave.
Cranston, RI 02907
USA

Contact
401.944.4444 tel.
401.944.4203 fax
800.407.7024 toll-free
sales@autorust.com
www.safetcap.com

#2 OFFLINE   adamzan

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:03 PM

Awesome. Gonna order a full set in the spring!

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 05:38 PM

Ok, as pointed out, this should be pinned...

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Some bastage did it already.

Edited by Precise1, 08 December 2010 - 05:40 PM.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 08:51 PM

AWESOME! :bounce:

I'm thinking about looking into them also so I can get my 1st Pathy's frame all done up. I do have to say, this newer Pathy I got is nice. Was an Arizona Pathy. SOLID FRAME & NO RUST. :jig:

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 08:56 PM

however tempting (i have some PITA holes around rear body mount)....I don't know how justified $160 would be...per side never the less

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:11 PM

I'm going to have to agree with the above comment. I'm currently welding up the entire outer wall on mine and getting some 1/8 steel plate was really easy. While this may be a great kit, I don't think that it can beat the $10 bucks that the local welding shop charged me.

If you were to make a template out of some cardboard for the section that you need, a welding shop would be more than able to cut it for you at a very affordable price.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:34 AM

While I agree with the "too high for me" type coments on the price, on the same note... While you may have pennies invested in making your own patches, what was your time worth? Are these pieces this company makes mirrors or the actual frame with drainage and wash holes or just solid plates cut at the correct-ish shapes?

my two cents at least

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 06:59 AM

I'm going to have to agree with the above comment. I'm currently welding up the entire outer wall on mine and getting some 1/8 steel plate was really easy. While this may be a great kit, I don't think that it can beat the $10 bucks that the local welding shop charged me.

If you were to make a template out of some cardboard for the section that you need, a welding shop would be more than able to cut it for you at a very affordable price.

I agree that they are expensive and I have access to a plasma cutter but what if your frame is so far gone (like my 93) that you would have to build your own frame? I would much rather spend 300 for something in the right dimensions and have the cross members in the right spots than attempt it myself. Knowing me the rear axle would sit side ways.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 07:50 AM

so are these plates for the entire sides of the frame? or just the trouble spots?

I cant find anything on their site, not even those part numbers come up at all....


nevermind. i posted to quickly. i found pics on the PDF, like you initially posted. i just need to read better!!

Edited by sammyb33, 14 December 2010 - 07:58 AM.


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Posted 14 December 2010 - 08:03 AM

I agree that they are expensive and I have access to a plasma cutter but what if your frame is so far gone (like my 93) that you would have to build your own frame? I would much rather spend 300 for something in the right dimensions and have the cross members in the right spots than attempt it myself. Knowing me the rear axle would sit side ways.

Under those cases, I'd rebuild the entire rear frame rails for safety and durability...300 bucks is most of the price of a NICE and NEW welder...

I'd be willing to pay 160 per side for 2x4 tubing notched/bent to shape....but not a plate that just covers a side..


I am, however, interested in how FAR back it goes....and how it passes the body mounts, as maybe they would do a "half kit" and just sell the rear portion..

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 09:10 AM

Looks like it is 3 sided and goes from the body mount under the rear seats to the rear bumper. Definitely a great start.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 09:13 AM

yeah it would be nice if they sold the whole rear half of the frame so u just have to cut the bad spot off and weld on the new part. that part they are selling only does one side i know if most pathfinders were like my 93 the top bottom and back also rotted out

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 09:20 AM

I'm pretty sure its 3 sided. Actually I'm going to email and ask.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 09:51 AM

I wonder why it is only through 1994, not 1995??

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:18 PM

They might not have the best resources to let them know the duration of the wd21 timespan :shrug:

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:02 PM

See, but even with their plate, you'd still have to modify it (does it look THIN to anyone else?)

Theres a body mount right smack dab in the middle of that back portion....you'd have to mod ONE of them

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:11 PM

It is a reasonable price for the time/labor involved in developing the patterns, buying of metal to have in stock, then someone to make them, etc, etc.

Glad to see another company offering parts for our trucks.

See, but even with their plate, you'd still have to modify it (does it look THIN to anyone else?)


I think that is just due to the way the picture is laid out. They likely had to erase the background in the picture to put in that technical looking one, and that probably caused the edges of the metal in the picture to get screwed up. But I would check with them first on the thickness of the metal before ordering just to be sure.

Edited by Northernpathy, 14 December 2010 - 05:13 PM.


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Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:18 PM

I emailed them with some questions. We will see.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 06:28 AM

Ok I just got a reply from the dude.

Hi Adam, The pathfinder kit is 3 sides, top, outside, and bottom. Its made for 13 gauge steel, which is .090 thick,

Thanks

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 02:03 PM

Ok I just got a reply from the dude.

Less than 1/8"....I'll pass ;)




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