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post #1 of 12 Old 05-21-2019, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Wj 2004 Jeep Grand cherokee bent Control Arm frame mounts

Hit a tree stump with enough force to blow off both airbags, bounce my front axle backwards into my oil pan (big dent) and bend both frame control arm mounts.
believe it not, still drives straight.

#1.where can I purchase new frame control arm mounts.
#2. do I have to cut off the old ones?
#3. is there anything else I should look into? (were already replacing the entire front axle as is is cracked.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-21-2019, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-21-2019, 09:49 PM
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How is this not reported as an "R" title? I know that you said it drives straight, but you can't be referring to interstate travel.

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Hit a tree stump with enough force to blow off both airbags, bounce my front axle backwards into my oil pan (big dent) and bend both frame control arm mounts.
believe it not, still drives straight.

#1.where can I purchase new frame control arm mounts.
#2. do I have to cut off the old ones?
#3. is there anything else I should look into? (were already replacing the entire front axle as is is cracked.
The answer to your question #2 is, if you wish to replace the old ones with new ones, then, yes, some cutting and welding WILL be involved.

The answer to question 1 is: I don't know. When you do that much damage to a 15 year old vehicle, you're insurance company usually gives you a check for something you all ready bought. Assuming you have insurance and full coverage....

My answer to question #3 is this.... You popped BOTH airbags. Are you ok? Is the passenger ok? If you both are in good health as approved by a physician, then I'd probably adjust your route and driving habits and consider a different vehicle. The WJ is hard to top as far as safety and driveability. You've proven that much. But, the next time, you might not get so lucky.

She's out to pasture, friend,......

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I do not need to adjust my driving habits,no accidents in 35 yrs.
offroading snow travel can get playful sometimes, and I slid down a snowbank, and hit a tree stump buried in the snow!

I was just looking for advise as to where I could buy the replacement parts ( not critisizm?)
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-22-2019, 04:41 AM
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Put a 6" long arm lift kit on it, then you don't need to worry about the old mounting points!
If you really want to fix it back to standard yourself then you need another WJ so you can measure where exactly the bolts holes should line up.
best way I can think of is a trip to a junk yard to find a decent one to measure then just cut them off and weld back on yours, maybe even get the axle as well while your there.
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What CarlJH said. IRO makes a kit that's high clearance arm design makes you cut the frame mounts off anyway. Since you don't need the springs or shocks should be pretty reasonably priced too. I have the 4" Critical Path kit from them and that thing is super flexy and rides great on and off the road. Could be an upgrade and save the Jeep at the same time.
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Put a 6" long arm lift kit on it, then you don't need to worry about the old mounting points!
If you really want to fix it back to standard yourself then you need another WJ so you can measure where exactly the bolts holes should line up.
best way I can think of is a trip to a junk yard to find a decent one to measure then just cut them off and weld back on yours, maybe even get the axle as well while your there.

Yep, going long arms (at least up front) will solve the issue of the torn up factory mounts. Long arms will include a new crossmember that the new control arms will mount to. Most long arm kits require at least 4" of lift,



However, if you're stock height and have no plans on lifting your WJ you'll likely need to have new mounts fabbed up by a local shop, I'm not aware of anyone that offers replacement factory style mounts.

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post #9 of 12 Old 05-22-2019, 09:00 AM
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Extreme 4x4 did that exact build with a wrecked wj that took out the arms and mounts. Hacked it off and went 6" long arm kit and turned it into an overlanding vehicle
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I do not need to adjust my driving habits,no accidents in 35 yrs.
offroading snow travel can get playful sometimes, and I slid down a snowbank, and hit a tree stump buried in the snow!

I was just looking for advise as to where I could buy the replacement parts ( not critisizm?)
I really wasn't trying to criticize you. Sorry that you took it that way. And sorry that it came across that way.

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post #11 of 12 Old 05-23-2019, 02:50 AM
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wow that looks massed up ... if that axle is straight and still ok and have good parts in it , i'd pull it off, weld the pumkin TRUSS it , reinforce it good ( inner sleeves) , weld NEW control arms brackets AXLE level not bellow and rock and roll it further
that crack in the pumpkin is what will give for sure , a pothole will be enough for it to let go, imo.
or do the easy thing , get another from a salvage yard.

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post #12 of 12 Old 05-25-2019, 03:04 PM
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Since you take it off road I would go with an IRO 4" Critical Path Long Arm lift just as LuthWJ77 suggested. Go to a junk yard and pick up a front axle and while you have it out, rebuild it. Get a set of Bilstein 5100's, sway bar disconnects, a new adjustable track bar and a set of 31-32" tires and you'll have a good rig.
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