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60mg 03-05-2012 08:21 PM

Need help with reinforcement of rear crossmember on YJ
 
This one has been posted in Builders Corner as well:

I've been trying to prep the rear part of the frame for mounting rear bumper. I have one with a towing hitch on it attached straight on and one day needed to transport 2 bikes and a bicycle trailer for a few miles on one of those towing hitch mounted small platforms. To make a long story short by the end of the trip that poor thing was almost touching the ground and the crossmember it was attached to was twisting like a spring under its weight. So I figured that in this condition it's most definitely not going to be capable of handling the bumper with just a tire carrier let along any more cargo.

So, in light of that I started wondering if anyone had similar issue and what's been done to fix it. Pix a greatly appreciated. thanks a bunch in advance.

Nubby55 03-05-2012 08:54 PM

:eek:

95YamJam 03-06-2012 06:29 AM

I can't say for sure what should be done to fix it. Cut it off and weld in some 1/4" but really it's just a cosmetic piece and good enough for the bumperettes. Any bumper needs to be tied into the frame itself. You could cut that out and mount a 1/4 wall tube and weld it in yu just need to make sure there is cl3earence for the shackles.

Lots of things can be done for sure.

60mg 03-09-2012 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 95YamJam
I can't say for sure what should be done to fix it. Cut it off and weld in some 1/4" but really it's just a cosmetic piece and good enough for the bumperettes. Any bumper needs to be tied into the frame itself. You could cut that out and mount a 1/4 wall tube and weld it in yu just need to make sure there is cl3earence for the shackles.

Lots of things can be done for sure.

Are there any bolt-on solutions of any kind?

95YamJam 03-09-2012 09:21 PM

Not that I know of.

Xpress 03-09-2012 10:19 PM

Pics?

60mg 03-09-2012 10:24 PM

It's just an original configuration of YJ's rear crossmember. I'll try to shoot some tomorrow.

Master4th 03-09-2012 10:33 PM

Are you talking about the bar that has 3 holes in it for ball hitch?http://www.factorychryslerparts.com/...e/000018XB.jpg
Do you mean number 8?

60mg 03-09-2012 10:39 PM

the one that faces this way

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...e7-26-0901.jpg

Master4th 03-09-2012 10:51 PM

Ahh Number 11
http://www.factorychryslerparts.com/...e/000018X8.jpg

60mg 03-09-2012 10:53 PM

yup

kmanator 03-09-2012 10:53 PM

American Four Wheeler Jeep Parts & Accessories
GenRight Jeep TJ/LJ, YJ Rear Crossmember Inner Reinforcement Plate

Master4th 03-09-2012 11:01 PM

I'm wondering where the hitch was mounted? Most bumpers i've looked at mount to the area thats welded to the frame. Even the stock ball hitch [#8 on my first pic] mounts to the underside of that area.

GenRight Jeep TJ/LJ, YJ Rear Crossmember Inner Reinforcement Plate
This was a nice find, I might order this myself.

60mg 03-09-2012 11:20 PM

Here, I got one. It's mounted straight on the spots where bumperets were and the hitch is welded on directly on it underneath.

Attachment 103567

95YamJam 03-10-2012 07:00 AM

That reinforcement plate looks like a square 3/16 square tube with holes drilled in it...


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