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Default Small crack in rails. What to do. Can i fit 14 rails in my 13?

Notised a small crack in both my rails. Whats the best braces / Rails Stiffeners for those sleds?
Its 2013 m800 162"

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Notised a small crack in both my rails. Whats the best braces / Rails Stiffeners for those sleds?
Its 2013 m800 162"

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Maybe it is also a good idea to drill the cracks to stop them from eating further down? On 2015 they put braces on all M sleds from factory.

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If you don't weld them I wouldn't run them. Some look bad.
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I mean you already have them off the sled and even the skid apart. Try and find some used ones. I don't mess around with "fixes" like that when it could leave you stranded in the back country or even get hurt. And if you jump then a double no
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Cheap but risky option: Drill the crack tips. Weld the original cracks all the way along the sides to the top. Grind smooth on edges and weld in an aluminum stiffener. Monitor.

The problem with aluminum is that it fatigues and cracks at a relatively low number of stress cycles compared to other metals. And there is a weakened zone around the crack that is also susceptible to cracking given more cycles. So, the metal around that crack is not good. Welding will actually weaken the metal but will relieve the stresses in the metal around the crack. Hence you need to add fresh aluminum to spread the stress loading around the original crack.

But you have to consider that those rails probably have more fatigued zones that are getting ready to crack next. So, you might successfully patch these cracks only to move the stress adjacent to the reinforced/repaired area...and more cracks start there.

So, by repairing, you might just be moving the problem a few inches down the rail.

This is why they junk old aircraft airframes...aluminum fatigues fairly easily and quickly...and if one area fails...more are close.

Not what you want to hear...but you should try to find some low mile, used rails and replace both. If a rail breaks, you could cause way more, expensive damage or, worse, hurt yourself or someone else.
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Aside from some eleaborate doubler plate. Like others have said, once they crack, its sort of a lost cause. the OEM cat rails are stupid weak to start so they flex a ton and crack like your seeing.

Highly recommend IceAge. Way better then stock. Or obviously look for some cheap takeoffs. Your already halfway there with the rails off the sled. Not worth putting it back together with those.
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I agree fully with what Jim and Wheel House have said. Tried repairing a set on my M7 and they didn't last. Multiple spots started cracking later. Scrap them and find new ones.
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Found new 2014 162" oem rails for good price. Is it bolt on into my 2013 162" M800 ?


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