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Old 02-21-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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Help!!!!!! I keep breaking bracket

Hi All, I have a 04 TJ Rubicon. I keep cracking the steel on the Passenger side front bracket where the track bar, steering dampner, and stabilizer connecting link mount. I have welded it 3 times and it is doing it again. I havent had it off road since the last time it was welded. I am trying to get a pic on here. Any ideas of what is breaking this bracket
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Is your weld cracking or is the bracket re-cracking in a different spot each time?

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:54 AM   #3
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Different spot. Its cracking above or below the welds. Never in them. Look at the upper left small tab its cracking again just above this weld.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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I would blame a bad suspension part. With that much lift and 35's if one of your bushings are bad it could be causing a lot of stress on other steering components. Is your track bar adjustable. I would also check the front alignment. I'm talking castor and front axle placement(via track bar).
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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The trackbar is NOT adjustable. My tires are not wearing badly they are actually lasting longer than i wish they would. I would like to get some new ones but these still have about 75% tread.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
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I would blame a bad suspension part. With that much lift and 35's if one of your bushings are bad it could be causing a lot of stress on other steering components.
How at all does that explain the cracked mount?

Post more pics. It looks to me like you've got a mount dropped below the factory mount, which is very incorrect and a good reason for the cracking.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #8
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Well then let me expand on bad suspension pat to include poorly designed and quality suspension part. i.e. different length control arms and completely wrong length arms.

Though I agree that the drop arm is causing your problem(I didn't even notice it earlier). That looks like a big drop on the track bar. It is also the reason the lift didn't come with a more expensive adjustable track bar as they took the cheap and wrong way by lowering/extending the stock mount. I bet you also have a drop pitman arm too.
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Man, you've really got some issues going on. First off, I'm not sure why your track bar mount at the axle is dropped. There should NEVER be a reason for that....all that's doing is making the angle of the track bar steeper and putting more leverage on the mount. Your track bar and drag link are certainly not parallel, regardless of the pitman arm you're using. I bet that thing drives like absolute crap. Here's what I'd do....

Remove the bottom part of the bracket. Grind down all of your old welds so the mount is back to stock. Weld up any cracks and grind them flat and then take some 3/16" steel plate and cut it out to match the front face of the bracket. Weld it on and guesset the bracket as well.
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Remove the bottom part of the bracket. Grind down all of your old welds so the mount is back to stock. Weld up any cracks and grind them flat and then take some 3/16" steel plate and cut it out to match the front face of the bracket. Weld it on and guesset the bracket as well.
Almost word for word what I was going to suggest

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