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Unread 04-23-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
sledhead91
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new to jeep!!!

hey guys how is everyone? i just bought my first Jeep Grand Cherokee in march. I've been saving up and bought myself a rough country 3.5 suspension life. right from the get go i had problems with the installation because of rust. i had to fabricate a new bracket for the passenger control arm. that was head ache number one. now ive drove it for about 100 miles and the coil spring boot housing on the axel has broke and pushed into all my steering components on that side. Im not really sure what i should do with this Jeep. i want to keep it and make it a little project jeep but i know i will be putting alot of money into it because of all the rust issues. But then again im not sure if it will even be worth keeping it around. I love wheeling and hitting the trails. Just alot has happend in the last few days and now im stuck with no vehicle. any suggestions on what i should do? or someone steer me into the right direction on fixing the ZJ.

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Unread 04-23-2013, 09:59 PM   #2
Erbo1Kanerbo
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coil spring boot housing eh? lol take a pic and we can help you out bud
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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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i'll take a pic when i get back to the house, its the only thing i can explain it by. its where the coil spring seats onto the axel housing. this is a pic i found on here of the same axel that i have. I have circled what broke on my axel. this might help untill i get some pics of the carnage thats under my ZJ
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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:46 PM   #4
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Its called a coil spring perch... how did it break? unless you can weld i would just go to a junkyard and get a new front axle. In my area they can be had for $100. Just take off all of the steering and brakes and swap your stuff over.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:01 PM   #5
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honestly im not really sure how it broke. maybe it was just rusted to much and couldn't take the pressure? it just sheered off the axle housing and pushed the bracket and everything into all my steering components. i can weld but everything on the axle is pretty rusty, thinking i will just run to the junk yard and see what they can come up with. thanks for your help!!
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:14 PM   #6
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if the whole jeep is rusty (which i assume it is, if the rust was bad enough to destroy an axle bracket), i wouldnt put any money into it. find one with a good body and swap all your parts over. then part out/scrap the rest of the rusty one
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