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Unread 02-19-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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98 Cherokee Sport frame repair

I just recently picked up a 98 Cherokee sport I went to get new tires installed and the tire guy pointed out some rust problems in the frame. I need to replace the rear section of the drivers side frame from just behind the forward rear shackle mount to just past the spot in the frame that the gas filler neck passes through. Can I cut these parts out and box it in with new steel or is there a frame section I could buy and replace it with?

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Unread 02-19-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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Sounds serious. Can you find a donor vehicle in a junkyard to cut the section from? I understand the others in your area might also be rusty but maybe not as bad. Or take a vacation south. Once you get down to Pa (where I am) you'll have at least a 50/50 chance of finding a good one.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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Try to get a picture or three of the damage and post it up. It might be mild enough that you can sand it down a bit, toss some por15 or similar to stop any more rust from spreading and weld a set of frame stiffeners on it. That would probably be the cheapest and easiest route if it's not too far gone. You have to remember that these Cherokees don't have a formal frame that you can easily cut and section in new pieces, it's a unibody.

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Unread 02-19-2014, 08:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. Yeah it does kinda of seem like it's part frame and part unibody. When I get a chance I will get some pics so you guys can take a look. I mean to me the part looks like a frame rail but I guess it just a steel member attached to the bottom of the body. Looks like it goes from where the bumper mounts up to about where the front of the rear forward shackle mounts( hard too see right now I have 14 inches of snow in my driveway can barely look under the jeep). The piece is squared off like a frame. I was wondering if I could maybe get ahold of a junkyard in Texas or Arizona to remove that part or whatever and ship it up so I would have no concern about rust or if I could just order a new replacement part that could be married in.
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Unread 02-20-2014, 04:14 AM   #5
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had same problem on my 99xj. we took 3x3 angle iron and laminated the bad spot as much as we could. we considered cutting out but how we did it took about an hour
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Thanks for the advice. Yeah it does kinda of seem like it's part frame and part unibody. When I get a chance I will get some pics so you guys can take a look. I mean to me the part looks like a frame rail but I guess it just a steel member attached to the bottom of the body. Looks like it goes from where the bumper mounts up to about where the front of the rear forward shackle mounts( hard too see right now I have 14 inches of snow in my driveway can barely look under the jeep). The piece is squared off like a frame. I was wondering if I could maybe get ahold of a junkyard in Texas or Arizona to remove that part or whatever and ship it up so I would have no concern about rust or if I could just order a new replacement part that could be married in.
Yea, it looks and acts pretty much just like an traditional framerail, but it's actually part of the unibody. Not saying that sections can't be replaced, just making sure you know it's not as simple to marry a new piece in as it would be on something with a traditional frame, like a Wrangler.

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Unread 02-23-2014, 01:56 PM   #7
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Front part with hole



Rear part at where filler neck comes through frame.
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Front part with hole Rear part at where filler neck comes through frame.
Same situation my 94. I'm gonna do the 3x3 angle and cut a slot to go around the filler neck. And run it about 7" past the hole.

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