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Old 05-16-2015, 11:52 AM
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Sort of New Member from East Tennessee (2002 TJ Sahara)

Joined last year when we bought my wife a 2002 Wrangler TJ Sahara, 4.0, Automatic, with Hardtop and soft-top.

I have owned a couple of jeeps in the, first an 83 CJ-7 Renegade, and then an 80 CJ-7 Renegade.

We recently discovered that our frame is rotting from the inside out (see pictures below). We bought it from a guy near Jamestown, Tennessee and I noticed he had spray painted over some surface rust, but didn't think anything about it. Then the wife took it the other day to get new tires and the tire tech showed her some bad places in the frame where you can poke your finger through. I'm ashamed I didn't check this out better before we bought it, it's so bad that I'm sure I would have caught this if I had just stuck my finger into some of the frame holes. Now I wonder if the guy we bought it from knew about the issue. And since we bought it, it's been so reliable, I've had no real reason to crawl around under it other than an oil change or two and I think it still looked like painted surface rust until just recently when the outer layer of metal started falling off.

So I guess you'll be seeing me post about looking for a frame (yes, it's all bad) and then doing the frame swap myself.

The top photo is at the driver's side step mount and the bottom one is at the driver's rear in front of the axle.

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