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post #1 of 7 Old 09-21-2017, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Crack in front crossmember. How bad is this?

I'm looking at buying a xj and the front crossmember is cracked the guy told me it's from when the previous owner got stuck and thought that was a good tow point.
Should I stay far way from this jeep or will this not cause to many problems? If I got it I was thinking about add this to the front.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-21-2017, 08:08 AM
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Note also that the bottom and end of the frame rail under the steering box in the last picture is wrinkled, and cracked. It should be flat, and free from cracks. The cross member tear and cracks should repaired, no matter what. The linked cross member stiffener is an excellent addition, and should be installed on any XJ that is 4-wheeled a lot. If that were my XJ I would plate the bottom of that frame rail and would strongly consider front frame stiffeners. ( https://www.ironrockoffroad.com/prod...t-section.html ) Once the tear and crack are repaired it should be just fine.

The tie rod is also bent.


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The jeep isn't likely to fall apart in the next 100 miles or anything, but that is an important point in the front unibody. Weld it up (or have it welded) and then weld in some extra material spanning the former cracks where possible without blocking your bumper mounts. That should keep it in good shape at least as long as the rest of the unibody is likely to last.

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Note also that the bottom and end of the frame rail under the steering box in the last picture is wrinkled, and cracked. It should be flat, and free from cracks. The cross member tear and cracks should repaired, no matter what. The linked cross member stiffener is an excellent addition, and should be installed on any XJ that 4-wheeled a lot. I would plate the bottom of that frame rail and would strongly consider front frame stiffeners. ( https://www.ironrockoffroad.com/prod...t-section.html ) Once the tear and crack are repaired it should be just fine.

The tie rod is also bent.


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I noticed the tie rod was bent. That's not a problem I have some tube and weld in bungs. I didn't notice that second crack. Thanks for pointing that out.

Something I should of mentioned was this will be mainly an off road jeep with some driving every now and then, no matter what Cherokee I get I plan on plating the whole frame
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Use the damage as a negotiating point to reduce the selling price. Weld up the bad spots, plate the areas that are known to be weak, and it will be just fine.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-22-2017, 07:39 AM
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I wouldn't pay **** for it like that but it is fixable. It also looks like someone already tried to fix some of it, I can see some welding wire, and the two holes next to the frame hole are filled with weld.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-22-2017, 08:10 PM
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That's not a show stopper for someone with some basic metal fab skills.

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But I still wouldn't trade it for a Coupe DeVille."


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