Need flush APU mounts (I need my catwalk)

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  1. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    Posted this in the flatbed section because I figured y’all were most likely to deal with this issue. And frankly, this is new to me.

    I have an APU now, but I can’t mount my catwalk because of the APU mounts coming over the top of the frame.

    Just looking for mount bracket alternatives, or ideas, so I can get the use of my frame back for mounting my catwalk.

    I’m sure there’s an easy solution, but I’m not finding it.

    thanks

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  3. MacLean

    MacLean Heavy Load Member

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    There’s already holes there in the frame that look unused, why not build a mount that uses them?
     
  4. MJM

    MJM Light Load Member

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    Notch the catwalk around the mounts. If the catwalk is the raised type, it will probably be flush with the mounts.
     
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  5. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    Yeah, that’s plan B, but I thought I’ve seen mounts that come under the frame and press against it. But, yeah, will probably end up fabbing something.

    Didn’t wanna notch the catwalk yet because I’m still playing with configurations and didn’t wanna commit. Plus, eventually I’m trying to sexify everything and want it to look factory ish. But considered that as well.
     
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  6. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Notching was my only thought too.
     
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  7. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    On the other side I have a step toolbox that we made some brackets for. I’ll probably go the same route with the APU using some heavy duty square tubing and existing frame holes. Was just kinda hoping there was some industry standard mount.
     
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  8. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    I had mine on the previous 3 trucks installed by a shop
    All of them notched the deck
     
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  9. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    I’d rather not lol, but atleast I know now that that is a common work around.

    I’ll try to remember to post pics here whatever I decide to do.
     
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  10. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

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    Build your catwalk up the height of your APU mounts plus 1/8 inch and notch the buildup. Then the catwalk looks good and is an inch taller.
     
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  11. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

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    Those are industry standard mounts. :) Unless you want to drill the frame for direct mounting, that's about your only option outside of that..and then you'd have to have some kind of isolation mounts to keep the vibration and sound level down. Your choice.
     
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