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Unread 08-10-2005, 10:32 AM   #1
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Steering box tearing my frame apart.

My frame in the front drivers side corner was repaired before, but now the problem has returned, with a vengence... I took all the gear off to get a good look:




I figure that I will remove the steering box, and lift the tub off the frame a bit for some working room. Then I would get 1/4" steel and plate the entire thing, back to the strut tower, drilling where the original holes are below and getting longer bolts.

This would move my steering box over roughly 1/4" and my front shackle 1/4" down. Any problem with this? Is there a better way to do this? Any opinions/comments are greatly appreciated.

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Unread 08-10-2005, 11:03 AM   #2
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all I can say is this does not look fun, and is beyond my realm of repair knowledge, I hope it all turns out good in the end for you, keep us all posted with progress and more pics.
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Unread 08-10-2005, 11:13 AM   #3
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Nice little plating job you've got ahead of you there .. best of luck.
Looks like the frame has rusted thru from the inside .. bummer.
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Looks like it's time for a frame up restoration.
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Unread 08-10-2005, 11:31 AM   #5
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lnterested in how this turns out. Mine looks the same (with out the rust). I was going to try the same thing as you.
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Unread 08-10-2005, 02:07 PM   #6
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I'd take a pick hammer and start poking around other places in the frame too.. might be better off just picking up another frame in better shape. That one looks like it has terminal cancer
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I'd take a pick hammer and start poking around other places in the frame too.. might be better off just picking up another frame in better shape. That one looks like it has terminal cancer
you have quite a task on your hands. you may be better off cutting the rusted sections out and totally replacing them.
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A totally patchwork quilt chassis on a Jeep .. now there's a first ..
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Unread 08-10-2005, 03:51 PM   #9
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Hehe. Yea it would be best to get a replacement frame, and do a frame up resto, but seriously, im not made of money. This will be enough as it is (I'm not doing the welding sadly, gotta pay for it). I basically want to fix it good, and get back on the trail. The rest of the frame is in great shape. Its very strange how this spot is so bad, and the rest of the frame is very solid. Anyways, I'll let you guys know how it goes, and post pics. My baby goes under the chopping block next tuesday.

As a side note, is there anywhere to purchase portions of frames? I know this spot is a common spot on YJs, and the rear shackle mount positions are another. I thought I heard about replacement sections, but I'm not sure.
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Maybe call around to a few junkyards and see if they have anything. I've seen frames go on eBay for $200-$400...
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just go to a salvage yard with a battery sawzall, and cut a chunk off
plate, and gusset it well, as there is a lot of force on that area of the frame
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I don't see why I can't get the piece that is in it fully plated. Once the gear is removed, I make sure the holes line up decently and weld the hell out of it. One question I do have is with moving the steering box slightly, and relocateing the driverside shackle downwards slightly. Any chance I could get into alignement problems or steering problems? I figure no, since it will be such a small amount.
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I don't see why I can't get the piece that is in it fully plated. Once the gear is removed, I make sure the holes line up decently and weld the hell out of it. One question I do have is with moving the steering box slightly, and relocateing the driverside shackle downwards slightly. Any chance I could get into alignement problems or steering problems? I figure no, since it will be such a small amount.
before you plate anything, drill the ends of those cracks and weld them shut if you can. this will prevent them from travelling under the new plating into the good metal. POR 15 or similar might be a good idea as well to keep whatever integrity it might have left intact.
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Bobbywolf, You go any update's. I need to have the samething done and wanted to see how you did yours.
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any updates yet. very interested.
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