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Old 07-12-2010, 10:20 PM
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Beats me. I haven't spent all that much time under it yet.
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I sure hope it ain't cause me and all my buddies have taken ours off.Never seemed to be a problem.I think it's a shield for the steering linkage,although i'm not sure.I still have mine up on the rafters in my shop.Some day I'll see about bending it back and throwin it on..I'm not sure if it's supposed to be straight or not though.I'll have to find some pics or look in the junkyard.
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I sure hope it ain't cause me and all my buddies have taken ours off.Never seemed to be a problem.I think it's a shield for the steering linkage,although i'm not sure.I still have mine up on the rafters in my shop.Some day I'll see about bending it back and throwin it on..I'm not sure if it's supposed to be straight or not though.I'll have to find some pics or look in the junkyard.
It's sorta structural, and it ain't sposed to look like that.........
If I remember, I'll see if I can get a pic of mine in the light, and try to post it up. Gotta remember how to use the camera on my phone, and try to bluetooth it to my PC. Both work, in theory........
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It's sorta structural, and it ain't sposed to look like that.........
If I remember, I'll see if I can get a pic of mine in the light, and try to post it up. Gotta remember how to use the camera on my phone, and try to bluetooth it to my PC. Both work, in theory........
Alright man,if you could get a pic i'd appreciate it.
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The same thing happened to mine.And every single other 7th gen i've ever seen.
I wish you would stop referring to these things by "generations." I have absolutely no idea
what a 7th generation is, or ANY generation for that matter, nor am I inclined to waste
brain cells remembering such trivia. It'd be much easier for people like me to know what
you're talking about if you separate and refer to them just like FTE does... 73-79, 80-86,
87-96 etc.

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I wish you would stop referring to these things by "generations." I have absolutely no idea
what a 7th generation is, or ANY generation for that matter, nor am I inclined to waste
brain cells remembering such trivia. It'd be much easier for people like me to know what
you're talking about if you separate and refer to them just like FTE does... 73-79, 80-86,
87-96 etc.

Just my opinon, not trying to be a dick or anything.
Lol,it's cool.I only remembered the generations because some other sites i've seen go by the Gens instead of years and it's hard to navigate if you don't know the gens.But for you Chris,i'll type out the numbers.
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Here is a picture showing the very small one I believe that was mentioned earlier that is riveted to the bumper on my truck.

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The same thing happened to mine.And every single other 7th gen i've ever seen.That sucker seems thin,but it does not like to bend.Is it some kind of structural support for the truck?
It's to protect the oil pan, and the drag link from damage. It also serves as a "Crossmember support" for the frame.
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Here is a picture showing the very small one I believe that was mentioned earlier that is riveted to the bumper on my truck.

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Yes, that's it. Dinky little thing isn't it.
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I wish you would stop referring to these things by "generations." I have absolutely no idea
what a 7th generation is, or ANY generation for that matter, nor am I inclined to waste
brain cells remembering such trivia. It'd be much easier for people like me to know what
you're talking about if you separate and refer to them just like FTE does... 73-79, 80-86,
87-96 etc.

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I personally much rather go by year ranges than generations, I'm used to Fords being year ranges, Dodges being generations, but only the diesels, and GM's, well, being dumb things like NBS and OBS and OOBS... LOL
And, as far as I'm concerned 80-96/7 are one generation of F-Truck, it is the same basic truck underneath.

Anywho, back to that crossmember, it can't be too structurally important, as they only put on 2wd's and 4x4's with a front sway bar, ones without it didn't get it.
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I personally much rather go by year ranges than generations, I'm used to Fords being year ranges, Dodges being generations, but only the diesels, and GM's, well, being dumb things like NBS and OBS and OOBS... LOL
And, as far as I'm concerned 80-96/7 are one generation of F-Truck, it is the same basic truck underneath.
I absolutely agree about the 1980-1996/7 thing. Same bodystyle of truck with two major upgrades in 1987 and 1992. They don't call the 1953-1956 trucks different generations do they? The '56 is just as different to the 1955 as a 1986 is to a 1987.

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Anywho, back to that crossmember, it can't be too structurally important, as they only put on 2wd's and 4x4's with a front sway bar, ones without it didn't get it.
That makes sence, so it would protect the sway bar as well, and the 2wd's are lower to the ground. It does serve to make the swiss cheese type frame more rigid in the front I've noticed.
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Wow, that is a dinky little thing! I wonder why Ford would even bother with one so small? I was going to try to locate one my my truck, but from the looks of it, I don't think I will even bother. It's not like anyone is going to notice.
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chin spoiler

would the chin spoiler from a 1990-1996 f150 not work? may have to drill holes and kinda "make it fit" but i wonder if its the right width?
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About the gen. Its cool they call 73-79 'Dent side.' You could almost call ours 'Crease' or 'Edge'. Any takers?
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