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Frame: The Truck's Skeleton

The frame refers to the classic skeleton of any vehicle. A frame, which is used traditionally for Jeeps and other commercial vehicles, is still used until today. The chassis frame would include the vehicle's suspension system, the wheels, and the tires, while the remainder of the automotive unit is incorporated in the framework of the vehicle. The frame is what holds everything together.

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A Vehicle's Outline

At a first glance, the frame would appear as if it is just a simple junk of metal. But if you will look closely, you will see that the frame encounters a great deal of stress in building it. And although it looks just like an ordinary steel frame, it is considered one of the most significant structure of any vehicle since it is the skeletal frame that holds together the body and the motor. Just as a man is nothing without its backbone, so is a vehicle without its frame.

The Frame's Features

There are a lot of things that need to be considered. One is the beam height, which is the vertical side of the frame. Some truck frames are made higher or taller for the truck to better resist the vertical flex whenever force is applied on top of it. So that most trucks or semi-trucks would have a taller frame as compared to other vehicles and thicker ones too. The torsional resistance of the frame is likewise considered in engineering a truck's frame. This is the ability of the truck to resist twists and turns.

The Frame's Designs

Looks, handling, and better ride quality were later incorporated in the new shapes and designs of truck frames. The most common changes have been the arches and kicked-up frame. Instead of the usual frame that run straight through both axles, new designs had arched frames that lie almost in level with the axle, curving up to cross over the axles and back down again on the other side where the bumpers would be placed. The kick-up designs were almost like the arched types but would not curve back down on the other side. This design was usually seen on the front ends.

There was also a different type of frame that had its frame rails connected from the front to the center and the center to the rear. This was considered a weak design so that the manufacturers created torque boxes that enclosed this fragile structure. Tapered frames had a design that narrowed down horizontally and vertically in the front of the vehicle. This was used in most cabin vehicles to give more space for the engine. This also saves and balances the weight of the cabin or truck where much of the load is at the back.

The Primary Link

Without the frame, a vehicle cannot be formed. The frame is the vehicle's skeleton. This is where all its mechanical parts-the engine, axle, tires, brakes, assemblies, steering wheel, and all the other parts, are bolted together. It is the strength and support the keeps the vehicle stiff, rigid, and unbending.

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