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Unread 12-30-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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yj frame swap

The frame on my 93 yj is rusted by the back shackles and broke along with Other weak spots. Tried to find a welding shop or mechanic to put some autorust safety caps on but know one around me would weld a frame for liability reasons. So frame swap.

I have not done anything like this before, I've changed an axle on a Saturn before and some components ( alt. Water pump, etc) on older buicks.

My plan right now is to get the frame in 2 to 3 weeks, strip it, por15 both outside and inside. Then When weather warms take 2 weeks off to do the swap. I plan on changing bushings for body and motor mount and maybe shackles.

Are there any pitfalls I should avoid?
Any advice to give?

I don't have a garage and my driveway is gravel, I'm looking I to rent g a garage to do the swap in. Also I don't currently have access to a welder.

Thx in advance for any advice.

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Unread 12-30-2015, 01:31 PM   #2
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I had a issue getting the bolt out of my body mounts. If I were you I would look on craigslist or something and buy a mig welder and learn how to weld. It is not hard watch some youtube videos and practice. If some of the body mounts spin you will have to cut into your sheet metal to fix it and need to weld it back. If you learn to weld you could weld your own frame if you are comfortable and have a strong enough welder.
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Unread 12-30-2015, 07:55 PM   #3
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It's a big project, but if you are planning to keep the Jeep a while, it's worth it. I did mine in 2007 (I lived in NY state until 2011, jeep was always in the NE). You almost have to plan to swap out a lot more stuff in the process. Do new fuel and brake lines for sure, and new spring bushings. The main issue you will have is body mount bolts and some other rusted bolt on items.

Photo, tub on buddies hoist, drive train out. We unbolted old frame from axles, took it out, then added the new frame to the axles, then added the drive train, then tub.
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Unread 12-30-2015, 10:50 PM   #4
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Thx for the advice, I was looking at breaklines, didn't think I would be able to get them off without breaking them.

I am hoping to make this my last vehicle purchase for me, (wife is another story).

YouTube and reading this forum every night learning so much. I hope two weeks will be enough.
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Unread 12-30-2015, 11:21 PM   #5
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Thx for the advice, I was looking at breaklines, didn't think I would be able to get them off without breaking them.

I am hoping to make this my last vehicle purchase for me, (wife is another story).

YouTube and reading this forum every night learning so much. I hope two weeks will be enough.
BIG JOB and rustybeater is right, learn to tack metal! dont worry about trying to salvage all the brake lines, flaring and bending tube is not rocket science. we can walk you through it
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Unread 12-31-2015, 04:02 PM   #6
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I can't wait to get started, maybe in the process I can come up with a good name, my wife just refers to it as my mistress.
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Unread 12-31-2015, 04:04 PM   #7
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That's what hoping for, good adive for a noob like me.
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Unread 01-05-2016, 02:35 PM   #8
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Does anyone know if a yj frame is skinny enough to fit in the back of an f150. I know it'll hang out the back. Just seeing if I need to get a trailer or not
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Unread 01-05-2016, 04:09 PM   #9
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Does anyone know if a yj frame is skinny enough to fit in the back of an f150. I know it'll hang out the back. Just seeing if I need to get a trailer or not
I'd do it. A couple of 6' 2x4s and at worst you could set it on the bedsides and strap it down. I picked up one 200 miles away and brought it home in/on a dbl snowmobile trailer, 8'x8' bed.
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Unread 01-06-2016, 02:54 PM   #10
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@ fishadventure, awesome. I'm looking at one in Ohio on the 16th, hope to come home with it.
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Unread 01-16-2016, 07:50 PM   #11
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Got the frame today. Next step wire wheel the while thing and por 15 it.

The hard part is going to be coating the inside of the frame. I think I heard of a spray gun that can do it but I have no idea where to find such spray gun for the inside.
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Unread 01-16-2016, 08:54 PM   #12
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I thought of doing the inside when I did mine on '07, but didn't. I figured the first frame took 15 years to get bad living in the NE at the time, so the next frame should be fine if taken care of at all. It's mud and dirt holding water that kills it more than just bare metal to the air. I just drilled two 1.5" holes in the far far back, the last inch of the frame. I figured if I got in some mud, or thought it dirty, I'd just park nose up on a hill and flush it out from the holes already in the front. Turns out, 5 years later I moved to New Mexico where rust is not an issue.

People rave about POR-15, but I just used Dupli-color Truck Bed Coating.
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Unread 01-17-2016, 06:58 PM   #13
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Yes, treat your frame. I'm doing a frame off job too. Wash the frame out, let dry and use the Eastwood coating. It's easy and inexpensive.

http://www.eastwood.com/internal-fra...ay-nozzle.html
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Unread 01-18-2016, 12:16 PM   #14
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Do you know about how many cans it'll take to do the inside?

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Unread 01-19-2016, 08:58 AM   #15
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Good luck with the swap. I am doing the same thing, although I am setting my YJ on a TJ frame. I already have the lift components and am ready to go. The tear down starts this weekend.
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