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Old 04-11-2014, 09:56 AM   #11
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Well I went today and picked up 4 pcs flat stock 3/8'', yeah I know overkill, but it was free. No more bulging water tank...yea! Thanks to all.
post up some pictures of your mounting. I am curious how much the FW tank was bowing to begin with. They will bow some by design, it is afterall a large plastic box full of water.

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Flat stock does not support much weight it will bow and pull on the mounting bolts creating a odd loading. I would go with angle or channel.

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at 3/8 inch thick it would plenty strong. If that was width and the thickness is significantly less, then you are right.
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Sorry, no pictures. I was in too big of a rush just to get the darn thing fixed and buttoned back up. The 3/8'' flat stock that I used was cold rolled plate 3'' wide. I just pushed up on the bulging tank and placed one piece about 6'' from either end then spaced the others egually apart. The tank had about a 3-4'' belly in it. The factory straps appeared to be way too long or had stretched or something because they were hanging down in like fashion. In fact after I put the new supports in the straps maintained their deformed hanging of 3-4''.
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Sorry, no pictures. I was in too big of a rush just to get the darn thing fixed and buttoned back up. The 3/8'' flat stock that I used was cold rolled plate 3'' wide. I just pushed up on the bulging tank and placed one piece about 6'' from either end then spaced the others egually apart. The tank had about a 3-4'' belly in it. The factory straps appeared to be way too long or had stretched or something because they were hanging down in like fashion. In fact after I put the new supports in the straps maintained their deformed hanging of 3-4''.
lol - 3 inch wide 3/8 cold rolled steel? That is heavier than what they used to build the Titanic...

3-4 inches of deformation is definitely more than should have been. 1-2" would be normal.
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