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Old 07-15-2014, 07:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation Rear upper shock mount relocation need help asap

Hey everyone!, its my first post here on wranglerforum since I just went from an 88 mustang 5.0 to a beautiful 97 jeep wrangler sport 4.0l. I have an issue though that is pretty major. I purchased the vehicle with only 106k miles and the issue is that when the previous owner put in a teraflex 2.5 inch lift kit in he installed what I believe to be Skyjacker(shock color is red and white and are not ranchos) shocks. Well when it came to the passenger rear shock he broke the head off of the bolt on the upper rear mount, which I hear is pretty common. Here is where it gets worse.. He tried to drill out the previous bolt and that obviously didnt work so he then moved onto using an air hammer. Well instead of doing it the correct way to have room to work with, he hit the bolt at an angle and instead of blowing the tacked nut on top off he just pretty much broke and mushroomed/flipped up that top layer of metal and that tacked on nut on one of the sides. SOOO now what I am trying to do is see if there is a way I can safely relocate the upper shock mounts for the rear without having to pay a fabrication shop to cut out and weld a piece to replace the rear upper mount. Has anyone relocated their tjs to a different area that isnt the outboard way(i cant weld and money is tight)? I saw one person on youtube put a jeep jk type rear suspension set up on his tj. I posted a picture below that I saw on google I think it belongs to a jeep owner that goes by "mudb8", and from the look of the picture the shocks lead to a different area than the original upper rear shock mount location? I can have a friend of mine weld some although he hasnt custom fabricated anything of this nature and would prefer not to cut, fabricate and weld a new shock mount in that same location. Please If anyone can help please do, I also live in south jersey if anyone has done this an can help me, considering id rather not bend my coil in the rear and have it/allow it to sag.

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Old 07-15-2014, 11:30 PM   #2
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Check out this thread and see if any suggestions could help you. Because I can weld I would probably weld a square piece of metal over the damaged area and weld on a nut.

See if this helps Rear shock mount issues
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