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Old 04-02-2013, 05:16 AM   #1
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Lower CA Mount broke

I have broken my Lower Control Arm Mount at the front Axle. I called up a Jeep Dealership and they told me $3000 to replace the housing with a new mount. I find that a bit overpriced. I have seen a pair of mounts by Quadtrack for $60. I don't know how to weld. I would think that a shop could cut off the old and weld on a new mount (draining the axle to prevent burning up any oil or grease) and refill the fluids for under $1000. I heard I could get a Dana 44 for about $2500 installed.

A) is the repair do-able for under $1000?
B) would I be better off getting the Dana 44 (if about $2500)?
A.1) how long would a repair like this take?

*98 Sahara with a Dana 35 front*
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:14 AM   #2

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Yes, very straight forward repair. On my 97 I took the axle off because I was doing a lift and threw the axle in the back of my truck and took it to a welding shop. They guy did a lot of repair welding and heavy trucks, etc. Never had done a Jeep but he had restored a couple of 70's Chevies. He did an awesome job, cost me $300 and I had the axle back in 2 days. If you Jeep is drivable, in his case, could have driven the Jeep right into his shop as he had a lift. He is in St Charles Illinois so that is probably not much help to you but I would think most shops could handle, a straight forward weld.

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Did the axle have to be drained of ant fluids?
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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No need to drain any oil out of the front axle. all it's oil is in the pumpkin. There are after market brackets you can buy, or you can make them! That repair can be done with the axle under the jeep or removed. pretty basic repair! Just a tip..... when your doing it change out or strengthen the other one!
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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That type of damage is very common & very easily/inexpensively repaired. Buy a replacement lower control arm mount from someplace like Rubicon Express: Jeep Suspension, Lift Kits and other Jeep Parts -RH1 where I bought one & have a welder take care of the swap. Should cost <$100 for the labor, any welding shop would consider that to be a minor job. A 4x4 shop will have someone more than competent enough to swap the mount. Heck I could do that job in my garage in under an hour from start to finish.

That a Jeep dealer wanted $3000 was criminal.

P.S. $45 for a new lower bracket from Rubicon Express, although their website incorrectly says they don't have them any more... they do.
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