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tcrawford01 05-13-2013 05:17 AM

97 TJ, Rusted frame
 
Has anyone had success using the jeep frame repair kits?
I have a 97 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The Driver's side center frame and skid mounting support bolts have rusted through. I'm wondering if the advertized JP-113LH on ABS's website actually works.

Beachbum1 05-13-2013 05:26 AM

My 97 did the same thing. Was going to order kit but friend went to a junk yard and sectioned the piece from a frame I needed and put it on mine.
The kits work but the section of frame was a lot less that $180 plus and fit like a glove. Can hardly tell it was done.
Also watch the driver rear lower control mount area on frame. They rust from inside out there.
I would have done the frame swap but did not want to get into that.

tcrawford01 05-13-2013 05:50 AM

Thanks. I wish I could find a frame to do that with.

wwch99tj 05-13-2013 06:09 AM

I used them on my 99 and they fit and work great
I cut the bottom off the frame

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_101700.jpg
Cleaned the rest of the rust out
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_105252.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_101705.jpg
Test fit
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_112203.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_112218.jpg
Burned them in
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_113738.jpg
Cleaned up the welds and painted
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_121709.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...119_134610.jpg

All in all I'm happy with the repair, it took me about 3-4hrs to complete...
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Richs00TJ 05-13-2013 10:42 AM

You make it look way to easy (with the lift in the garage) I have an 2000 Illinois Jeep with the frame and body rusting away. tcrawford01 post some more and let me know how the search goes.

wwch99tj 05-13-2013 11:08 AM

Lol that's at my buddies, he did the welding for me...

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Oman Jeep 05-13-2013 01:50 PM

Have you tried looking on Ebay etc. for spare frames from a dryer, desert climate state?

Also - newer model frames are still available from the dealer. Would need a newer style steering box as the attachment points are apparently different.

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...37909304_n.jpg

http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...26043762_n.jpg

I imagine good used frames could be had quite easily in the states. Over here, just way too many people damaging them in the desert or having accidents on the street that you couldn't guarantee getting a good one. My old one is bent from dropping off a hidden hole in the desert, hence buying a new one from the dealer...


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