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Old 09-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
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Frame Repair vs Frame Swap

Well the time has come to make a decision. My 00 TJ has the infamous frame rot issue. My right side rail is shot from the front LCA mount to the rear LCA mount. My issue is that the only rot that has occurred so far is in the bottom of the frame. I know that eventually the whole frame will rot if not tended to. I'm not sure however whether or not I should just repair what I have or buy a clean bare frame from Davey's Jeeps and do a swap. I would love to be back on the road as quickly as possible but the Jeep has been sitting due to this issue for three months now so whats another month or so going to hurt. I have a two post lift and compressor so that's not an issue. Also due to the fact I own a Snap On Tool franchise I have plenty of tools to work with. I was also previously an ASE certified tech. I guess my question is if given the chance and having all the proper equipment to do the job would you do the swap or repair the frame. I have no intentions of selling the TJ ever so that should also be a factor in which repair to choose as well. I've been trying to decide what to do for the last month and now I'm prepared to leave it in your all's hands. I'm going out to move it in to the garage now. I'll check the responses to this thread later this evening and make my decision. Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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If you repair I'd, you may have to repair it again in 10 years. I you swap the frame you may never have to worry about frame rot again

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:04 PM   #4
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I'm not sure. I have but in the meantime I would like to fix my Jeep. It took years for Toyota to do that recall that they did and I don't want to hold out for something that may not ever happen. I'm dead set on getting it back on the road I'm just not sure which approach I want to take.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:03 AM   #5
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I would do the frame swap and make sure I had the new frame rust proofed (inside and out) with the best stuff on the market. It sounds like ou have the perfect setup for doing the swap (ie lift and tools). What part of kentucky are you in?
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:19 AM   #7
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:41 PM   #8
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I would just swap out the frame , You could get a wreck from down south (no rust) My friend owns a weld shop and he said that 90 % of the time the jeeps are to rusted to fix .
The rust starts on the inside and works out .
I just sold my 02 wreck for 1500 bucks the guy need the frame and he could sell the rest of the parts to get his money back, A different guy had his insurance company total out his tj for rust he got a nice check 8000 bucks for a 01 .
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I would do the frame swap and make sure I had the new frame rust proofed (inside and out) with the best stuff on the market. It sounds like ou have the perfect setup for doing the swap (ie lift and tools). What part of kentucky are you in?
I'll second this
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:12 PM   #10
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Started tear down this afternoon. Frame it is. I figure why skimp on this since the Jeep is rust free everywhere else besides the frame. I plan to do stainless brake lines while I have it off. My main question now is how would you go about rust proofing the new frame. POR 15? Bed liner? Spray oil inside and seal? Drill holes in the bottom to drain? Also what other things would you take care of along the way since it's basically going to be completely dismantled?
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:23 PM   #11
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I think the lack of drain holes from the factory is the cause of all this. (I put drains, and painted them, in my frame and also covered the openings in the sides in the wheel wells). You might try Waxoyl or 3M Rustfighter 1, or some guys swear by Fluid Film. I use the 3M product and chase it in with compressed air until I have a fog blowing out the other holes. After it "dries" (2 coats), I make sure no drains got plugged with it. It stays sticky and it's basically clear...not tar-like...more like a really, really tacky lithum grease...not slippery after dry.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:30 PM   #12
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Get a galvanized frame.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:40 PM   #13
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I've never seen a galvanized frame. I was going to get a used frame no rust no rot.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #14
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I believe throttle down kustoms has it as an option. Pricey but up to you to decide if its worth the cost.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:01 PM   #15
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It doesn't appear as though they offer a TJ frame and at 2,500 for a CJ frame I think it would be more than I wanted to spend if they do.
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How about drain holes AND rustproofing inside the frame rails with some Eastwood.
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I second the eastwood motion I plan on doing this very soon, and while u have it dismantled if it was me I would go ahead and do a mml and a bl if u ever plan on doing one, I plan on a 1"mml and a 1.25" bl along with a tummy tuck and sye sometime in the future when I get the cash
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #18
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I like the looks of the Eastwood. I'll probably try that. I haven't err really wanted a BL so I don't think I'll head in that direction. I think I will coat the bottom of the tub and do some painting or bed lining on the inner fenders and the firewall.
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Yea everyone recommends that and as far as the bl goes to each there own I just want it for the tummy tuck so I can gain some clearence, but other than that if u r just trying to clean it up I would also paint up the axles, ca's, steering components, and everything else up underneath just to give it a fresh clean look, and to also help prevent rust. sand prime and paint it all.

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