I am working on a 97 Cherokee Sport. It was hit on the left fender between the headlight and the steer tire. The radiator and transmission cooler are offset and bent. So is the metal bracket/ piece they sit on. Can the metal piece they sit on be unbolted off and replaced, or does it have to be cut off and rewelded in place.
The dog does know. That is it. Now, what would be the easiest way to get it off. I do not have a welder, just a hacksaw. Also, can it be drilled into to take bolts instead of welding it back on. I have limited tools and resources here at my house.
You will have to drill, cut and grind metal to remove the cross member. You can temporarily bolt in the replacement for alignment and to drive slowly to whomever is going to weld it. The repairs must be welded. A trailer or tow dolly is probably a better idea than driving more than a mile or so. There are holes in the frame rails and the cross member that you use to line up the parts.
I replaced the cross member after this Cherokee tangled with a tree.
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Look at it this way---that part is more than just a bottom support for the radiator. It's the #1 crossmember for the "frame" of your vehicle, and ties the front of the frame "horns" together. In other words, it's structural.
The flanges are not really big enough to use bolts on, although if they were bigger, it could be bolted together. Since you either need to make the flanges bigger to use bolts or reattach like the factory did, both methods would require a welder.
In a nutshell, find a friend with a welder and tie it back together properly.
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