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Old 08-06-2011, 06:59 AM   #1
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97 Frame

We stripped my hubby's jeep down to bare frame, now the amount of rust we thought was there has turned out to be a heck of a lot more.

There are holes on both side by the rear shackles wich we were thinking of welding some plates over, but then we found the drivers side has a nice rusted through line going on the frame running from the rear to the front about 1 inch at the widest and about 3 feet long.

Now we do have access to a welder and we have the metal sheeting to cut it out and everything, but my question is this, If we weld these plates over all these sections is this going to mess with the integrity of the frame?
In other words, there are so many place to weld that I am worried about the heat from welding causing some weakining in the metal of the frame.

Should we try to repair all of these or just bite the big one so to speak and get another frame?
Also would anyone know where we might by chance find another frame?

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TJ wranglers don't have shackles. Shackles are for leaf sprung vehicles. Are you sure you have a 97?

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Old 08-06-2011, 07:58 AM   #3
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Yes I'm positive it's a 97, just misspoke, they are the coil spring buckets or mounts or as I still call them,for some unknown reason, shackles

Anyhow yes its a 97, I do know what year it is, no it does not have leaf springs, and yes it has coil springs and shocks

Any other details needed, I'll be more than happy to try and describe it. .
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:54 AM   #4
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Remember, weld is stronger than the metal you are welding. I would have no problem welding it all up, but as you know, there is a point were you are better off replacing. Post some pictures of the rust.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:40 AM   #5
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Ok, heres a few pics, now I have the frame upside down because I was trying to wire wheel the rust/dirt off the bottom just so ya know....





Sorry about the siz of the pics, I was tryin to get them a little smaller...
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:47 AM   #6
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So do you think it's a lost cause or worth a try to weld it?
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:10 PM   #7
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Man if I was at that point with my 97, I would just replace for piece of mind and time. JMHO.
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:16 PM   #8
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Dude I would look for a better frame. Sure you can weld it up but how many patches can you put on a pair of pants before you are just wearing the patches....
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Well, you are that far. If on the vehicle, I may patch it up. Down to the frame as you have, I would look for a better one.

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This is all I could find around the PA area.

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Old 08-07-2011, 08:26 AM   #12
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Thanks for the input everyone, I do believe you are right and we justbetter get another frame.
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Just remember the frames go 97-02 and 03-06. They are different!

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