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Unread 02-12-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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frame crack advice

This is my jeep its a 2000 jeep Cherokee sport. It has 141k on it and I was fixing the gas tank and noticed the frame crack right where the lines run through. Any advice for fixing it.

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Unread 02-13-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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Cut and replace. Or just ignore it,anything else would be a waste of time.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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Will it affect the jeep in anyway at all. Is it going to cause more cracks
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Unread 02-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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That looks pretty serious to me. Isn't that cherokee a unibody i am not familiar with them personally? I see where you in order to fix that you need to cut until you get to good solid thick steel to weld on, needless to say that may be hard to come by under your jeep.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Yea it is so there's a good chance I will just sell it as a mud truck
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Unread 02-17-2013, 10:43 AM   #6
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If you cut it out and replace it it will last . No reason to trash it. Cut it out weld it , clean around it spray some etch primer then undercoat . It will be fine.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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Just cut that section out then? Thats doable got lots of steel here. Thanks for the advice guys.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #8
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Just cut that section out then? Thats doable got lots of steel here. Thanks for the advice guys.
Yep, you just need to get to good steel then you can weld in the new section.

Note: if that crack is where I think it is (where the fuel filler and vent tubes pass through the frame) make sure to remove the gas tank and those hoses before doing any cutting or welding.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 01:09 PM   #9
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its a unibody vehicle so just cutting out and welding new in is not so easy
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Unread 02-22-2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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its a unibody vehicle so just cutting out and welding new in is not so easy
The XJ still has full length rails and lacks the complex structure of modern uni-bodies. The rails are made in multiple pieces that are welded together to begin with, and people cut out and replace floors, rail sections, etc on them without issue, just make sure the new steel is at least as strong as what it's replacing and the welds are good.
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