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Old 03-16-2016   #1
 
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Welding Tabs on my dry box.

I recently purchased a frontier play dry box for my cat. I want to make a seating platform for passengers using my cooler and my box. The cooler rests on bars and there is nothing to currently hold the box in place. I am thinking Tabs on the drybox will be the most secure/stable way to go about this. Has anyone welded Tabs onto a frontier play box? It seems just as stout as any other box I have used. I just always like to know someone else is having a good experience with this decision. Thanks.

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Posted to the wrong forum. My mistake.
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My drybox has tabs to sit on cross rails and it works great.
Cut slots in the tabs (before welding) which allow you to cam the tabs to the cross bars instead of having to strap across the top which prevents opening without removing straps.
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Great tip. Thanks a lot. I am going to look into getting this done.

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I've welded on a couple of frontier boxes. They are a little thinner and the warped a little. Not significantly enough to worry about. I would,however watch the o rings around the bolts and hardware they use. Maybe take them out so they don't get melted.
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Welding tabs are the way to go. I've done a fair amount of Al welding for my rafting gear. I'm in Ft Collins and could help you out for a six pack.


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Awesome. I may have to take you up on that. Thanks.

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Welding Update?

Interested to hear how your tab welding went on the Frontier Play box. Ive got to do the same for my current build. What thickness angle did you use? Tig or Mig?
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Probably 1/4" x 1 1/2. I am going to hang it on straps the first couple floats to get the height dialed before I go ahead with the tabs.
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Last Spring I tig welded 1/8" x 1 1/2 tabs on a FP dry box and 2 of their captains boxes. I also had some warping, but not too bad. The thinner angle is easier to weld to the sheet metal without burning through and is still plenty strong. I made the mistake of welding them on solid instead of stitching which would limit the warping further. My 10 yr old Cambridge Welding dry box with factory tabs is 1/8" stitch welded and still going strong after much abuse.
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