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Unread 03-26-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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Broken rear shock mount

My wife informed me that the Jeep was leaking somewhere near the rear end. I went out to take look and saw that I was losing a bit of lube from the rear diff. I then noticed that the left rear shock was hanging loose and the axle shock mount had broken in two.

I've ordered two new mounts (M.O.R.E.) and I'm hoping they'll arrive by Friday. I have a friend with a welding shop who has agreed to help me get them welded up but his shop is about 30 miles from my house. Couple questions:

Will it hurt anything to drive the Jeep over there? I'll try to take it easy of course but with winter just coming to a close the roads are a mess.

Would the shock mount breaking cause the rear diff to leak? It hasn't leaked before this and I didn't know if it may have torqued the axle a bit causing the leak.

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Unread 03-26-2008, 06:49 PM   #2
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i doubt it, a shockmount breaking off wont have the distance to hit the diff. i'd say it may just be coincidence that it is leaking. you may just have to replace the diff. cover seal, it'll give you a chance to replace the diff. fluid.
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Unread 03-27-2008, 05:34 PM   #3
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Thanks mean,

Does anyone have an opinion about driving with a broken rear shock mount?
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Unread 03-27-2008, 05:38 PM   #4
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No problem, just drive it! It just may bounce a bit more is all.
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Unread 03-27-2008, 06:51 PM   #5
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Good deal, thank you...
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Unread 03-27-2008, 07:49 PM   #6
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be careful when driving it, a shock is used to dampen the springs because on a bump it will force your jeep up and cause it to almost want to lift that tire off of the ground slightly, a shock is obviously suppose to prevent that, drive it with caution but since you still have 3 shocks, its not very dangerous. i wouldn't recommend high speed driving though, like above 50.
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Unread 03-27-2008, 08:03 PM   #7
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Yeah you will be fine, had a friend break a rear shock mount on his xj, took off the shock, wheeled the rest of the weekend and drove it the two and a half hours home.
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Unread 03-27-2008, 08:25 PM   #8
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Yea take the shock off! Prolly throw it out it is probably beat to death. If you leave the shock on it can puncture a bunch of stuff! And thank your wife for noticing that somwthing is wrong!! Mine drives it till I notice!
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Unread 03-28-2008, 01:20 AM   #9
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I drove mine for a couple of days before I saw it hanging there. I bet it looks like this....



I welded the two halves back together and then took a piece of 1/4" flat bar and welded it across the two as a reinforcement. I've got an 8.8 in the garage and couldn't justify spending any money on the D35.
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Unread 03-28-2008, 01:33 AM   #10
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Broken shock mounts are really common. You didn't even notice it when you were driving did you?
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Unread 03-28-2008, 06:41 AM   #11
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you won't have any problem driving without the shock, but definitely get it fixed..

I did the same thing for my brothers jeep, it was my first welding project and it has held up for almost 6 months now, gave me a little bit of welding confidence...

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I drove mine for a couple of days before I saw it hanging there. I bet it looks like this....



I welded the two halves back together and then took a piece of 1/4" flat bar and welded it across the two as a reinforcement. I've got an 8.8 in the garage and couldn't justify spending any money on the D35.
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Unread 03-28-2008, 11:28 PM   #12
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I noticed that my right rear lower shock mount was broken and the shock was gone. I've only had the jeep a month and was looking at the pinion angle when I saw it. I pushed down on that side and watched it bounce. Never noticed it while driving though. Go figure. Guess it is common. Having it welded up next week. Drives fine. I wouldn't worry about it. Remove that shock though.
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Unread 03-29-2008, 07:39 AM   #13
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I'll pull the shock this morning, thanks for recommending it. I wouldn't have thought of it and it makes sense to get it off of there.
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Unread 03-30-2008, 12:58 PM   #14
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Well, I got the replacement mount welded on this morning and it's good to go! I couldn't help but notice that the shocks require very little effort to collapse them and I didn't notice any difference in the ride with versus without the shock on there. I'm thinking it may be time for a new set of shocks, anyone have any recommendations on which brands are good?
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Unread 03-30-2008, 01:06 PM   #15
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I managed to break one of my rear shocks, not the mount, the shock. You might notice your ride to be a bit more bouncy. All the shock really does is dampen the spring (make it less bouncy).
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