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BT 03-26-2012 03:04 PM

Frame Rot..
So today i went to my friends farm to work on my frame. I figured on it being worse than it looked..

Here is the passenger side Outside of the frame.

Here is underneath the passenger side of the frame.

The Driver side isn't this bad.

Even where the shackle bolt goes through the frame is rusted.. Is this even worth repairing?

CharTay 03-26-2012 03:06 PM

Well to me looks like its time for a new custom tube frame

zoomwide 03-26-2012 03:17 PM

Is it worth repairing? Is the rot only on the right rear shackle? Is the rest of the frame intact? If so, I bet most would say drop the tank and weld on one of those prefab pieces where it sits.

BT 03-26-2012 03:23 PM

The driver side is starting to rot too but it isnt as bad as the passenger side.The rest of the frame is still intact.

Dznyana 03-26-2012 03:24 PM

Ouch.... and I thought mine was bad... :nonono:

Good luck with it!! :) I say it's worth fixing!!

C.L. 03-26-2012 03:33 PM

The side would be easy enough to cut flat patches for, and weld up. The hole along the bottom of the frame would be tricky to patch, as you'd have to custom bend the patch plate to match the frame bend. Could you find a front/side wrecked YJ in a scrap yard and take the rear of the frame off? Looks like the last ~12" of both frame rails and the cross member from a donor Jeep would take care of your trouble; wouldn't be too complicated to cut and weld it in.

zoomwide 03-26-2012 03:35 PM

Heck yeah worth fixing. If you are going to drop the tank anyway, you might consider doing passenger and drivers sides.

wvhillbilly 03-26-2012 04:11 PM

^ agreed just fixed my pass side it wasn't bad but looked a whole lot worse then yours lol i just welded on the side peaces then cut the bottom then welded the top section and beat it into shape with a sledge and used a c clamp to get it really snug with the rest of the frame and just welded it as i went clamping about 3 inch at a time. also will they pass you for an inspection sticker with this done? i grinded all my welds down REALLY well used some bondo to smoother the rest out and under coated to make it where you couldnt tell at all. the only place you can see i did it was around the shackle where i didnt get it welded up really good ill post pics later

jfbilbro 03-26-2012 04:25 PM

you can buy the rear frame pieces from only cost 130.00 each......

wvhillbilly 03-26-2012 04:28 PM


Originally Posted by jfbilbro (Post 2184417)
you can buy the rear frame pieces from only cost 130.00 each......

you can save about $100 if ya just make them your self its easy to do

BT 03-26-2012 07:08 PM

I looked at those pieces. My only problem is my only good access to a welder and the tools goes back north. My friend is in college and is only home ever couple of weekends and he is usually busy in his fields farmin. I don't think they require an inspection here in Ohio.

What about where the shackle bolt goes?

wvhillbilly 03-26-2012 08:53 PM

Just cut a whole around the shackle and weld it as close to the shackle hole as you can.. i understand that i luckd up getn my welder still cant weld very good tho lol

BT 03-26-2012 09:17 PM

Leave the shackle in place?

wvhillbilly 03-26-2012 10:12 PM

well take it off till you get the plate in then put it back

Nubby55 03-26-2012 11:19 PM

Me, I'd just look for a good fame and put the body on it, that's if the body don't have rust if it does go down south and buy a good jeep and keep the best of both a sell the left over parts and scrap that POS. good luck

BT 03-26-2012 11:51 PM

That sounds like a good plan but like most people unfortunately I have no money, so this has to be done the cheapest way possible.

C.L. 03-27-2012 06:13 PM

If it doesn't have to be pretty, and you have more time than funds... Grind out the rusty spots, and cut/grind similarly shaped patches out of 1/4" plate. Then visit a buddy with a welder, or try to rent one from somewhere to burn the patches in.

BT 03-27-2012 08:17 PM

What about the little tube where the shackle bolt goes through the frame? it's lookin pretty rusty too.

just empty every pocket 03-31-2012 05:54 AM

frame rot
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i have an 89 yj had the same problem. here are some before and after pictures. Takes some work but it can be done.

BT 03-31-2012 07:40 AM

I have a job interview later today, so hopefully if I can get this job it will give me some Jeep funds :D

MickeYJ 03-31-2012 08:07 AM


Originally Posted by bta2011
I have a job interview later today, so hopefully if I can get this job it will give me some Jeep funds :D

Hope u get it!!! Good luck!

BT 03-31-2012 03:32 PM

Thanks! I got the job so now I have a pay check to donate to the Jeep and girlfriend :rolleyes:

SandyMushYJ 03-31-2012 05:12 PM


Originally Posted by bta2011 (Post 2204186)
Thanks! I got the job so now I have a pay check to donate to the Jeep and girlfriend :rolleyes:

Hopefully she's getting a paycheck that she can donate to the Jeep as well. If she wants to ride in it.

BT 03-31-2012 09:36 PM

Haha I wish. She claims half ownership so maybe I should charge her to drive it ;)

Blackjack93 04-01-2012 11:21 AM

what is rust? LOL

wvhillbilly 04-01-2012 11:27 AM

Rust is the DEVIL!

BT 04-01-2012 12:22 PM


Originally Posted by Blackjack93 (Post 2206576)
what is rust? LOL

A major PIA!:facepalm:

BT 04-01-2012 06:31 PM

Auto Rust Technicians ART-42R - Autorust Passenger Side Rear Shackle Mount Section for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec

I found this.. is this meant as a complete replacement section?

skpax 04-02-2012 01:55 AM

Auto rust Tech works well
I used the Auto Rust Technician parts to replace driver and passanger rear sections and also rear cross piece. I originally was only replacing driver side but the further I got into it the more cancer I saw! Remember on these frame the Bad rust starts on the inside (of the frame) and rusts to the outside! You are likely to find more rust as you get into it! In the end I am very satisfied with the parts I got thru Quadratec.:thumb:

BT 04-02-2012 11:01 AM

Are these a full replacement of the rusted section or are they just so you can cut out what you need and weld it in?

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