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Old 10-11-2016, 10:23 PM
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My son has wanted a Jeep since he got a power wheel one on his first birthday. He saved up money and just bought his first Jeep...a 95 Yj. He had it inspected and everything looked great! He's only had it a few weeks and recently went to get new shocks on it (he's 16 and just learning how to work on it so he took it to the shop). He got very bad news. His frame is cracked and can't be repaired, just replaced. He bought the Jeep for 3k and it only has 126k. Runs great otherwise. Should he get the frame replaced? (Where, how much, etc) or should he part it out? He doesn't want to lose all his "life savings" and be without a Jeep. He's not driving it at all now due to safety concerns but wants to get it road ready by winter or get another one. Please direct us which way to go. Tia

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Frames can be repaired, but whether it is worth it or not depends on the cost. Get multiple estimates. Look up your local off-roading or Jeep club for better localized advice.

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Old 10-12-2016, 12:45 PM   #3

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Frames just don't "crack" on their own. Some outside force caused the frame to crack.

If what you have is simply a crack from extreme stress and not cracked because of rust, then it should be able to be repaired if it is straight. It might have cracked because of a poor repair from collision.

Post some good pics of the cracked area.

Take the Jeep to a reputable body shop and ask them to give you an estimate.

In the SouthWest there are a lot of salvage yards that have good, rust free frames. The shipping might be prohibitive. Switching a frame is a BIG job and requires a rather complete tool kit and adequate garage space. It's a daunting job for a beginner and he should get experienced help if he intends to do the job himself. It isn't something most beginners are prepared for.

Once we see the pics we can give more advice.

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Old 10-12-2016, 10:20 PM   #4
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I would follow advice above take it to a body shop that deals heavily with 4x4 s. The local pep boys/muffler shock shop in most cases dont have an understanding/knowledge for fixing frames or accessing damage. If the real experts say there is no fixing it short of replacement I think he will be better off to cut his losses and sell it. If he was uncomfortable doing a shock replacement then no way he should attempt doing a frame replacement. The cost of buying a frame and paying somebody to do it will well eclipse the 3000 he paid for the Jeep to start with.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:56 AM
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Update we found a garage that specializes in Jeep rebuilds. They are going to rebuild a Jeep using his and other parts they have around the shop. Turned out not to be a complete loss. Thanks for all the help.

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