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Unread 03-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Lower radiator support bracket.

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.

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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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Have any pictures of the metal piece ?
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:31 PM   #3
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The center piece where the rubber boots / radiator posts go?

IIRC (just had my rad out today) its welded in. Doesnt mean you couldnt go out to the junk yard, drill some spot welds and get a new one.
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I do have pics, do not know how to post them on here. If you can guide me thru it, I can get them on.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:37 PM   #5
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Azzy, you are describing the bracket I am talking about.
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The dog thinks hes talking about the crossmember ...


Replacable yes ... but you need to be careful everything stays in alignment - while doing the work.

If you've had a bingle in the front corner ... you may find things are already out of square a bit.


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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.
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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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http://s1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh520/JYPS/

This is the only way I know how to post the pics of what I am talking about. I am taking the pics on my back, my feet sticking forward of the vehicle. Most of the damage is by the steering gearbox.

Any suggestions would be very helpful.

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Unread 03-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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CJ7-Tim:
Where can I buy a crossmember? I tried researching for one, and I keep coming up with the one around the transmission. I see in your picture, you have a new one.

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Unread 03-18-2012, 05:52 PM   #12
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Any Jeep Dealership should be able to order one. On-Line Jeep Dealerships offer a 30% discount off retail prices. See if your Dealership will match that.

Try - http://www.chryslerpartsdirect.com/

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