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post #1 of 15 Old 08-06-2020, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Front shackle hanger broken

After a pretty fun wheeling trip, I took the YJ home and noticed my front-driver side shackle was a bit crooked. After taking a closer look, realized it was completely broken off.

Here are some pics of the carnage:
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I've never done like a repair like this before but I'm looking forward to taking it on. I could use help in planning it out. First off for a replacement part, should I just go for a straight replacement from Crown or aftermarket like MORE. Does any one have any experience with any of these or have any recommendations on which to go with?

Having never done this before, I'm guessing I cut off the old bracket and grind down till its about flush with the frame then weld on the new brackets?

Any help is much appreciated!


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post #2 of 15 Old 08-06-2020, 12:19 PM
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ruffstuff has 15% off right now code danday

cut, grind weld, done.

I would replace both sides while you are at it.

Not a rare break. I have been looking at mine for years expecting them to break but they never did. The original does not look very strong but most hold up mostly, until they don't

I had cracks in the frame side spring hangers a couple times too. go over eveything
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Think you have the right idea. Cut the hanger off, grind up clean, measure, weld in.
The stock front shackle hangers aren't very strong, they were the easiest to cut off.
MORE, Barnes, RuffStuff bla bla bla, all will have a heavy duty upgrade.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the help! I went ahead and ordered a set from MORE and will replace both sides.
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I was going to suggest Motobilt. They make some super nice beefy replacement front shackle hangers pretty dang cheap. I’m using them front and rear on mine.





They also have some super nice heavy duty sprung hangers

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of course from the cheapskate side of the aisle, I made mine. LOL
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of course from the cheapskate side of the aisle, I made mine. LOL
...and the crown fit nice and are only like $25. Another cheapskate.

If you weld a small piece across the hanger between the bushing tube and the frame ‘stock’ hangers won’t flex anymore and therefore become very unlikely to break. “Mass” of heavy duty hangers can cover oem sins but - like in this case - rigidity support works just as well.

[size=“3”]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
Cranking IS turning over
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Measure before you cut it off, then mark your measurement back 12" or so behind the hanger. Grind it smooth, check for cracks, put the new one up there, measure, clap, tack weld it, measure again then weld it solid. Done! I changed both of mine in under a hour using a high lift jack.
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Measure before you cut it off, then mark your measurement back 12" or so behind the hanger. Grind it smooth, check for cracks, put the new one up there, measure, clap, tack weld it, measure again then weld it solid. Done! I changed both of mine in under a hour using a high lift jack.
Good idea.

I had a 5’ pipe once to slip through and align them side to side. I need to make another one since it seems these come up for someone every year. I’ve got a bent one now myself, and a crown replacement.

[size=“3”]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
Cranking IS turning over
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Measure before you cut it off, then mark your measurement back 12" or so behind the hanger. Grind it smooth, check for cracks, put the new one up there, measure, clap, tack weld it, measure again then weld it solid. Done! I changed both of mine in under a hour using a high lift jack.
Thanks for the advice, this is very helpful!

I was going to start prepping before cutting and realized the frame-side spring hanger is also cracked. Just my luck...

https://imgur.com/a/jhcytkN

Am I correct in assuming I should cut it off and install new spring hangers? I thought about just filling in the crack but maybe that'd be just be putting on a band-aid. What do you guys think?
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I see it’s tweaked anyways.

I’d untweak it and hot glue it back on.

I don’t know what violence you did to that but I somehow think it’s bent or got bent from something other than wheeling?

[size=“3”]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
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Obviously after the fact, but once upon a time Currie sold chrome moly YJ hangers. This is what I used way back when. But even if no one makes chromos any more I wouldn't sweat it. Most OEM hangers have lasted 20+ years and new replacements installed correctly should last longer. You're good.

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Obviously after the fact, but once upon a time Currie sold chrome moly YJ hangers. This is what I used way back when. But even if no one makes chromos any more I wouldn't sweat it. Most OEM hangers have lasted 20+ years and new replacements installed correctly should last longer. You're good. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/JeepForum_2016/smilies/tango_face_smile.png[/IMG]
Agreed. The small strip of metal welded in is a huge difference in failure prevention.

Chrome moly parts ... the preheat, weld heat, and cooling control needed for “high strength steel“ fabrication isn’t really something that’s going to happen for most people. So those would make no sense to me other than the kool factor.

[size=“3”]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
Cranking IS turning over
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Thanks for the input guys! I'll try untweaking and fill in the crack a bit.
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Thanks for the input guys! I'll try untweaking and fill in the crack a bit.
those frame end spring brackets are pretty cheap, I think I paid maybe $35 for a pair from amazon. I welded mine a couple times then eventually swapped on news ones just in time to stretch the frame an abandon them.

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