Yeah, I'm heading there first... I'll check and see how big the angle is, there... I was trying to stay away from having the angle, but it may make everything else a lot easier to just keep it...Ya know, I was looking at it again, and the part of the hook immediately under the main mounting bolt doesn't necessarily have to mount flat to the skidplate. Try this with your prototype before you cut any large recesses out. Drill the holes for the pin and the small mounting nut (the inside end of the tow hook will mount flush to your skidplate). Mount the tow hook in place on the skidplate, then install the skidplate. Now just crank down on your mounting bolt that threads into the tow hook. I don't think it needs any special spacers or anything now that I look at it again. The bolt will have a little bending moment in it, but not significantly more than it has in the stock configuration. I don't see any negative side effects of doing it that way.
Yeah, what James said... I'll also add that I'm not vertically loading the actual rad brackets, hardly at all... If you look at any of the models after the second page (or the picture of the metal, on the scale), there is a flange at the top of the rad support bracket, that is specifically there to transfer the force up directly to the frame...I'm sure Mike will also answer this, but because of the mounting points, it cannot span the entire distance in a straight line, as mine could. As you put more bends in the material, it gains strength along the bend, but not through the bend. Thus the design transfers vertical weight well to the left/right. However if you were to lift directly under the radiator without the radiator bracket in place, the plate would bend upward because of the bends.why does this rad skid plate even get mounted to the rad support part of the truck frame?
why not just run in from the front bumper mount, down to where the aluminum skid plate u made is mounted.
this would put the whole skid plate on a single angle, and would only require it to me mounted by for bolts.
i love ur designs, i just want to understand why all the extra bends, and mounting locations.
it seems to me if u were to hit it, it would transfer the force and share it with the rad mount instead of taking all the abuse it self, saving the rad and its mounts.
The radiator mounting brackets are actually very strong in the vertical axis. The issue is loading the brackets from side to side. The brackets can easily twist, which is what causes most of the issues of binding the radiator into the fan. So the radiator brackets are mainly there to absorb vertical loads. They also serve to strengthen and reinforce the radiator mounting brackets themselves.
Hopefully I didn't overuse the words 'radiator' and 'bracket'... :duh:
Also, if I went from the bumper, directly to the oil pan plate, that's a pretty long span with no side-bracing, and nothing to transfer force too in the middle... If you want to order one without the radiator brace, I'll sell you one...
Also, for those who have body lifts, or who want to do something different with the front bumper, I'll also be selling one just like the one pictured above, but that stops at the front of the radiator... It'll just include the radiator support piece, and the angled piece that goes from the front of the rad support, down to the front of the oil pan plate... It may still have the 45-degree piece in the front of the radiator, but will be boxed as a triangle with the vertical front portion of the rad brace..