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: NEED HELP PLEASE 2001 Ram 2500 8.L Specs 4 frame and Tow Package  ( 598 )
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« : May 14, 2017, 01:18:18 AM »


Autobody repair shops sometimes give the illusion of great confidence in their finished product.. HA hA HA  :toothy10: :mblah05:
My Ram was in a shop to be repaired. Not going to mention the shops name as they are a nationaly recognized collision repair specialists :thefinger:... Whatever.
Back to the frame game. When removing an original piece of equipment from the frame (ie. tow hitch assembly), is there any possible explanation for cutting the last 2 1/2 feet of the frame or drilling holes the size of a half dollar coins into it. Is this standard practice? Another thing that has got me baffled is the fact that I cant find anything on the internet about the specs on the frame or regulations concerning the inspection of the frame. Or what you can and cannot do to a frame. Also does the factory installed tow package come bolted and welded to the frame? Or does anyone know? This so called repair specialist drilled holes into the rail of my frame to attach the new tow hitch, however these new holes did not line up with anything on the new hitch.
I just wanted to get some info from people who might know about these types of things. I however am not the smartest person in the world but I do know whats right and wrong, and I am pretty sure that My Dodge Ram 2500 v-10 was brutally victimized by this repair shop.
Pictures are to follow this post. I am detailing the pics so that everyone knows what they are looking at.   THANKS
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« #1 : May 14, 2017, 07:47:24 AM »

By no means an expert on that specific truck but... that sounds weird to me. I have never seen a factory tow package on a Dodge that was welded to the frame but perhaps it was? If so it explains a lot of the damage. Still, they should have welded up the cuts. That is pretty standard.

As for the holes. It may have been that the shop was going to install "brand A" hitch that they install all the time and did the prep work for that but "brand X" is the one that showed up from their supplier and they do not install the same way. That happens a lot and is why you wait until the part gets there to start the install. It can be patched and made strong again.

The good news... it can be fixed. Find a small trailer hitch shop and take it there. Then you have two options. Have them fix it for a couple hundred bucks or have them document all the problems and then take it back to the big guys and make them fix it.

I can't wait to see the pics. I'll post back when I have had a chance to take a look.


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« #2 : May 17, 2017, 09:37:08 PM »


Maybe I was wrong about the hitch being welded to the frame but then why would they use a plasma cutter to cut my frame from about the three feet to the end on both sides at an 30 degree angel.

I appreciate the advise. Because today I went to the shop that did the cutting with the intentions of getting answers the wrong way. What had stopped me in the parking lot was the fact that I didnt bring the inspection from my mechanic, the pics or any of the stuff that I need to prove my point. However now that I have it all together I will proceed to the nearest hitch store or installer and ask them about taking a look at it and advising me on what I can do to get it fixed.  I do know that Caliber Collision will not be performing any kind of insurance work on my vehicles ever again. HUH and to think that they did good work and are very reputable across the U.S. really amazes me. Bt maybe it was the Progressive Ins. way who know? All I know is that it going to get FIXED and I thank you for your knowledge and the time that you spent in responding to my post. 
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