I was driving my yj when all of a sudden the rear shock started dragging on the ground. I looked under my jeep and noticed that where the rear shock connects to the frame is completely broken off. What could have caused this, the frame is relatively rust free and is there any way to fix this? thanks
04-03-2010 01:20 AM
Had the same thing happen just a couple of weeks back. Cut one off of a YJ at the wrecking yard and welded it on. The shock mount on my 91 was installed so that it held water and it just rusted from the inside out. I drilled a hole in the base of this one and on the other side so the water will drain out. Just one more of the poor design features that make the early YJs such a joy to own.
04-03-2010 01:38 AM
Thats funny, just today I was driving down the street and saw a yj with the rear shock almost dragging on the ground. I thought it was a bit odd. Apparently this is a common problem.
04-03-2010 01:51 AM
Considering most YJs are 15-20+ years old. Last season, my front spring hanger broke right in two... and I have zero rust. Things break. ;)
04-03-2010 05:43 AM
Yeah i broke both off a few months back driving down some stairs. Don't ask.
I had a shop fab up some new mounts. Cheap as free.. I do not know how to weld yet or i would have done it myself.
04-03-2010 06:04 AM
You don't need an 'official' junk yard bracket. All you need is enough steel to hold a pin in the correct spot. I made this for mine.
Hey Don, If at somepoint you are under the Jeep, can you take some measurements for height and distance away from the frame that needed to be??? I have plans for making bolt on replacements but lost the info on dimentions.
04-03-2010 07:27 AM
Originally Posted by rustywrangler
Hey Don, can you take some measurements for height and distance away from the frame that needed to be???
Sure, later today, I'll PM you. I moved them a bit up and a lot further forward to tuck the top of the shock into the corner of the 'step' in the tub from front floor to back floor. The photo was when I was swapping my frame a couple years ago, did all the new (used) frame prep first for a month.
04-03-2010 01:42 PM
Mine broke off on the axle mount a couple of years ago. You may want to look at the shock and make sure it is not binding. I replaced mine just as insurance that it wasn't the case after rewelding the mount.
04-03-2010 02:27 PM
Mine has none...The PO welded a bar between the frame and the shocks are 3" shorter than they should be..so while contemplating welding up my own, I found these at my local crown shop.... $16 each