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Old November 26th, 2019, 16:20
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Re: Differences in Center Frame Stiffeners

Yes. Pretty much.

The weld will be of a different strength than the sheet metal. That area where the two strengths meet becomes a point of conflict, a stress riser. By using a stitch weld you blend the strengths in such a fashion that there is less of a stress riser. What stress there is exists in pockets which are distributed so they are not so prone to breaking.

Body seam sealer is your alternative bead to use between stitch welds. And I would suggest, after you finish all your welding (rock sliders included) and seam sealer and get a couple good coats of paint, then get some undercoating and apply that too. I think that is about the best you can hope for.
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