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Unread 08-01-2010, 03:49 PM   #46
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I looked up a new frame from the dealer because I was curious.

Its part # 52058811AB and list price is $2,185.00.
hahahaha too bad insurance didnt cover it.....buy a new frame for 500........oh the things i could do with 1600

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Unread 08-01-2010, 03:51 PM   #47
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How do you inspect a frame? What would you do to make sure it hasn't been in an accident, or is bent?
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Unread 08-01-2010, 03:55 PM   #48
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So the important question is how to keep your TJ frame from rusting out like his did. What are the best options for protecting your frame long term aside from just fluid film, waxoyl and such ???

Eric

I used a 3/8 drill bit. You need 4 inches or more to get up there. There is a hole in the factory bracket you can go straight through.



Everything will collect there unless you clean it out. That circled drain does not happen unless you drill into bottom of frame.
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Unread 08-01-2010, 04:06 PM   #49
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thats gonna be one of the first things done to the new frame
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Unread 08-01-2010, 04:38 PM   #50
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So where is the engine, tranny, and drive train hanging through all of this?
On the old rusted chassis as you roll it forward from under the Jeep? Then you
still have to swap all the axles and such. Somehow it sounds like an incredible amount of work. But then again, I have never done it, and the hardest thing I have done so far is a clutch replacement and a fender replacement with BL/MML at the same time.
You pull the cap and tub then remove the engine/trans/trans as one piece. I left them attached to my engine hoist on the other half of my garage while I swapped out the axles.
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Unread 08-01-2010, 06:56 PM   #51
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I used a 3/8 drill bit. You need 4 inches or more to get up there. There is a hole in the factory bracket you can go straight through.



Everything will collect there unless you clean it out. That circled drain does not happen unless you drill into bottom of frame.
Do you have to remove the lower control arm to drill that hole?
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Unread 08-01-2010, 07:21 PM   #52
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I also would like to know, if you guys were going to have your jeeps this far apart, are there any upgrades that are definitly worth doing? I'm just curious what you guys would do in my position.
Move out west to keep the moisture out of your stuff.

First thing I thought of when I saw this was "man, out east they must mudbog in salty mud and then park it in a barn to let it dry". Now I am going to go out and drill a hole or two in my frame just because....
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Unread 08-01-2010, 07:25 PM   #53
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I just back my jeep up onto a big rock or some ramps I made and wash out the frame after wheeling, all the water runs out the frame. Seems to work for me. I've lived in CO, KS, MO, and now stationed in OK. all of them love salt and I have very little rust on or in my frame from what I can see.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 06:51 AM   #54
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Do you have to remove the lower control arm to drill that hole?
nope. all you ned to do is find hole in bracket and go up.

You aslo want to keep "stuff" out of that bracket right next to frame.
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I know about a junkyard close to where I live in Bergen County. The name of the place is Apache Auto Wreckers in Ridgefield Park. Just Google it, the phone number is in the web page. I know they have 3 TJs because thatís where I get my parts from but unfortunately I donít really know the years or engines they have. Best of luck with the swap
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I know about a junkyard close to where I live in Bergen County. The name of the place is Apache Auto Wreckers in Ridgefield Park. Just Google it, the phone number is in the web page. I know they have 3 TJs because thatís where I get my parts from but unfortunately I donít really know the years or engines they have. Best of luck with the swap
thanks I'll give them a call today
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I have a friend with a new 97 6 cylinder frame that was used for mock ups . He wants $800 for it and it is perfect . If you want his info pm me and I will send it to you . He is in VA Beach VA .
I pm'ed you by the way, a perfect frame is starting to sound pretty damn good hahaha
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I also would like to know, if you guys were going to have your jeeps this far apart, are there any upgrades that are definitly worth doing? I'm just curious what you guys would do in my position.
If I had mine that far apart, I would definitely do the tummy tuck!
I haven't put it on mine yet, simply out of laziness, lol!

You've got some work ahead of you! Good luck, take pics if you get the chance, I'd love to see how it goes.

And definitely clean the new frame, and put your favorite kind of rust protection on it.
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haha yeah rust protection is a must, and I'll definitly be taking a ton of pictures(don't want to have the thing in 50 pieces and then have no idea how they go back together lol) and I'll hopefully organize it into some sort of write up if i have time
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haha yeah rust protection is a must, and I'll definitly be taking a ton of pictures(don't want to have the thing in 50 pieces and then have no idea how they go back together lol) and I'll hopefully organize it into some sort of write up if i have time
Read up on phosphoric acid (Oshpo and Navel Jelly) then good paint, and others will say Por-15 (I think needs UV protection top coat).
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