The wife and I just purchased a '93 wrangler that has some frame rot near the rear shackles. From what I've read here, it's a pretty common problem. The problem I'm having is finding someone in the spring lake/grand haven or surrounding areas that can fix this for me. I was hoping some of you fellow jeepers out there could make some recommendations. I'm a mechanical guy, but I don't have nearly enough experience with welding, nor the equipment to tackle a repair like this.
Any help that any of you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
Its a bit of drive for you, but the guys at JCR Offroad in Kalamazoo could hook you up. They do great work and I have had nothing but good experiences with them.
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Thanks for the tip. I sent them an email and they're giving me a rough estimate of $500-$700 to repair both frame rails. Seems a bit steep to me considering the material cost is probably less than 100 bucks, but they've got experience I don't, so it's probably worth it (especially when dealing with the frame). I'll keep them in mind, but I'd be happier if I could find something closer and (if possible) cheaper.
How bad is the damage? I may be able to help you out, unless you already got it taken care of. I live in Allegan, still a little drive for you, but I don't charge much. Just a little overhead for electricity/welding rod. $20 should cover it.
Thanks to everyone who has replied and PM'd me. The support has been more than I could have hoped for. The jeep is currently at Ray's Quality Welding in Grand Haven. They were recommended to me by a couple of people and they had a very reasonable quote ($150 for the total repair, we'll see if that's what it ends up being in the end).
I'll post a reply when the work is done to say how it turned out.