Originally Posted by lapeer20m
i wouldn't be afraid to have a competent welder fix cracks in my frame if i had any
I agree 100%
Its just metal that has cracked, it can be repaired, it happens and is repairs hundreds of times a day all over the world, I have repaired motor mounts (motor not ENGINE) on fans at the local nuke plant they are fan assemblys that weigh 2000 lbs, have a 7' diameter fan blade and are suspended by metal mounts, they get out of balance and crack, we weld up the cracks, cracks I repaired over 10 years ago are still holding, these fans run 24/7 365 the only off time they see is when we inspect them thats only a few days every 24 months.
Cracked or bent frame repairs is not a big deal if done correctly.
I repaired many motorcycle and ATV frames, I also have repaired many cracked exhaust systems on motorcycles and ATV's over the years, none have ever broken again after the crack repairs.
73-87 4x4 Chevy and GMC trucks are also known to crack the frame around the gear boxes they make repair plates for this also.
Any repairs need to be inspected, I would inspect every time I changed the oil, I would also tell the new owner about the repair and show them how to inspect if I sold the repaired frame.