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Unread 02-15-2011, 11:03 PM   #1
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TJ Front frame rust

I have some rust issues in the front frame area, directly beneath the front OEM bumper.
Its the ends of the tubular crossmember, the piece the bumper bolts thru, and some rust in the square frame rail end areas.( Sorry I dont know the exact names of these parts).
This Jeep is used as my plow and i am wondering if this area can be repaired, or fabricated . The plow frame bolts onto the end of the frame in this area and i am worried about structural integrity and stuff.I saw at Autorust fabricators they had these parts avail for a 95 wrangler but nothing for 97 as yet. Anyone have any ideas or info they can pass along? thanks

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Unread 02-16-2011, 04:20 AM   #2
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Buy some steel plate and weld it on as needed to reinforce the frame rails. Fabricating some steel tube as a front bumper and welding it on the frame rails will provide extra structure and rigidity for the front portion of the frame.

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Unread 02-16-2011, 08:09 AM   #3
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Cut the rust out completely and buy some tube steel the same size as the frame rails and weld it in or use some plate to make you're own repair,as long as it is all in font of that tube crossmember in the frame you'll be fine as far as structural integrity.Just welding plate over top of a rusted area will cause more problems down the road ,plus it will be a real PITA to try and weld rust.
Just remember to use a "fish plate" as some call it if you cut the whole front tube off and tie in a new one,it is a diamond shaped plate to go over where you tied the new section of frame in to add strength to the newly welded area..

You also need to check with you're local DOT inspections,or DMV..i see you are in Illinois,if i remember correctly they are pretty strict on any frame rail repairs as to who does it,like a state certified weldor/fabricator certified for frame work in the state..not sure..but best to check n see what they're laws are on the issue
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