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Old 02-08-2014, 10:31 PM   #1
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Center skid plate rust

So three months ago I got my first TJ I love it. I use it as my daily and have barely even got it off the road yet. but recently I went out to look at it and my skid plate mounts on the passenger side were hanging down. the three bolts holding it in completely rusted and took the bottom of my frame rail as well. Any advice for this new jeep owner would be great and highly appreciated. Btw. Getting rid of it is my absolute last option I love my "holy" jeep lol
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:34 PM   #2
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Oh wow. The welded nut fell through on all 3 and theres a gaping hole where it should be... Yikes. Your either in for some custom welding or a frame swap.

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Old 02-08-2014, 10:38 PM   #3
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In case you didn't know the skidplate helps support your drivetrain... Quit driving that thing!
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:40 PM   #4
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For the record I do know that and I did stop driving it. I noticed this today and got it towed from where I was. Can I get a piece welded in there?
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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A piece welded in there? No, that's pretty bad.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:56 PM   #6
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Ya thats kinda sketchy. Your probably in for a frame swap if you ask me..
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:59 PM   #7
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Won't that be more than vehicle is worth then? At least from a monetary standpoint not what it's worth to me.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:29 PM   #8
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Im not sure how much one is or how much yours is worth but ive seen multiple threads of frame swaps so it jist depends on your jeep price and the price of the frame you find
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:38 PM   #9
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At first I was going to be jealous you dropped the skid the first time you tried it since I didn't see a paragraph outlining the struggle. Then saw that the nutserts were still on the bolts
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:42 PM   #10
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I wish that's what I was doing I was looking very forward to working on it. But now it looks like I will be doing a lot a lot of work if I ever want to drive it again. :/ hard to do when it was the daily and no back up..
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:41 AM   #11
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Is the rest of your frame that rusted?? If not there is a company or two that makes weld in sections for the TJ frames. You could probably bring it to a body shop and have them cut out the bad section (where the skid plate mounts) and have them weld in the replacement parts. Jeep Parts Body Frames and Accessories by Auto Rust for your Jeep Wrangler TJ at Morris 4x4 Center
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This is one of those threads that makes me very glad I live in central Texas. Good luck, hope you find a way to get your rig back on the road.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:16 AM   #13
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Yes, this is fixable! IF...If you have enough solid frame left between the control arm mounts to weld to. This is the exact condition mine was in when we brought it home to check out. Almost gave up on it until I found autorust.com. Got both sides and had them installed at a shop for $500. Take it to a welder/shop that you trust.
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If you're interested, read this thread regarding my repair using autorust pieces.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:25 AM   #15
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Wow that is some major rust, thought mine was bad but you got some hardcore rot going on, looks pretty sketchy I am usually not picky when it comes to stuff needing work however i would be concerned on getting this fixed asap.. I would park her if you can and either go for a frame swap or straight re welding the hell out of it and cutting out all the bad rott. If you had the time and money i would go with a swap , however i'd like to see more pics of the rest of your jeep. Rust sucks, i had to rebuild a lot of mine.
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If you have the ability to do it, you could cut the rusted section out and just weld a plate in there with nutserts or nuts tacked to the back side. While doing that itd be a great time to flush the rest of the frame out and coat the inside.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:50 AM   #17
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She is already off the road and in the car port. The rest of the frame believe it or not does not look the bad. I mean neither did this tho when I first looked at it. Inside the the frame itself is where this all seems to be. But as soon as I'm out of work I will Def. Take more pictures. I greatly appreciate everything anyone has to say. I'm really not looking forward to what I think is going to happen cause again I love my jeep.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:05 PM   #18
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If there is anyway I can I will Def. Repair it tho.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:23 PM   #19
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They rot from the inside out. Visually inspect what you can through the holes, sound the rest of it with a hammer. When I had my cap put on from autorust, the shop was thoroughly impressed with the quality and accuracy of the piece. It all comes pre-notched/formed, and the weld nuts already in place. Instructions are clear, and the support from autorust was great.

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