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post #1 of 7 Old 05-13-2021, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Front lower shock mounts

I'm driving a 1987 Cherokee with 4.0 PT 4WD automatic transmission, with just over 300K miles.

I am not by any stretch a jeep, or any auto, guru, but I understand the basics and can get most things done. That said, I have a situation that I'm trying to find the most economical solution possible. After a trip out to the desert this morning, when I got back to the pavement the front end was bouncing and making clunking noises. I limped it back to town to the local tire shop to have them check it out.

They tell me that both lower shock mounts are broken loose from the axle.

Can they be welded back on? are there any kind of bolt on brackets available?

Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I live in a very rural area on a shoestring budget. This is my daily driver and sees a lot of unmaintained desert road use.


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post #2 of 7 Old 05-13-2021, 09:04 PM
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I have never seen any sort of bolt on shock mount in my farming for parts online.
Is there no one in town you know with a welder?
If we were a little closer and my Jeep wasn't waiting for parts in the mail I would bring over a welder and call it a long wheeling trip.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-14-2021, 04:49 AM
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The location of the Jeep Dana 30 front axle shock mounts does not allow any bolt on options. The are plenty of aftermarket axle brackets with shock mounts, but they will need to be welded on. Depending on the cost of repairs, you might want to consider a used axle from the junkyard.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-14-2021, 11:45 AM
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can you post a picture? i have never seen one broken off so i would like to see where it failed. my wife's has 345k on it so maybe i need to look at those

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can you post a picture? i have never seen one broken off so i would like to see where it failed. my wife's has 345k on it so maybe i need to look at those
Me too, I have never seen this.
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Are you in a high salt state and they RUSTED off?
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-15-2021, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Definitely not rusted off. Rather than try to upload huge pictures, here is a link to a google photos album https://photos.app.goo.gl/YagQ8HcAqHSoANZWA

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-21-2021, 02:01 PM
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That looks like it could be welded up fairly easily. Would take more time cleaning it all up than welding. Go make some friends if you don't have one yourself.
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