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Terrible factory welds
I have an 99 4 cyl 5 speed 2wd XE king cab.
I have a small bit of schooling on welding, that I took for fun, good enough to lay some welds and more than knowledgable to know good from bad welds.
And my god, there is no way I can see how the welds on the frame of this truck ever made it out of the factory, I mean besides the booger welds I'm seeing and seeing masses of welds that only have penetration into one part of the weld, particularly the body mounts are one of the biggest problem areas along with some of the front suspension areas.
I mean with 180k miles none have really broke up to this point, at least from the few I've looked at..
Has anyone else noticed any of this on their trucks? or know anything of the process?
EDIT: Pictures page 5
Last edited by iwillnc; 02-14-2013 at 08:45 PM.