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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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So it's become obvious that I have poor judgement these days. I traded a perfectly running and built YJ for what seemed to be a lifted and well running ZJ. Welp....2 weeks after I got it, the trans died. Then I discovered some really rotten rockers. And today, the bugger welded lower control arm bracket on the pass side ripped off the axle tube. Now, my question is should I replace the lower control arm bracket (which will most likely require both sides to be done) or try and find a replacement axle? Keep in mind, like most, I am broke as hell and this is my only vehicle for getting to work and driving my kids around.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #2
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If you know how to weld I would just weld it back on...if you dont know how to weld have someone who does weld it back on, I would also check the other side...I would probably cut the other side off and clean them both up and bevel the edges and weld them both on at the same time. If one broke do you trust the other?

Also don't forget to make a post in the pub about how nobody should do business with the guy you got it from because he traded you a piece of shit and got your good jeep with nothing wrong with it...that seems to be the normal thing to do on the forum
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just have some 1/4" brackets welded on and be done with it. Be cheaper then sourcing a axle and swapping it in.
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I'm not gonna flame the guy because I'm an idiot for trusting someone and not inspecting it properly. The bracket in question is trashed. There's no saving it. I'll have to try and get some money from somewhere and order the 1/4" ones from rusty's. Until then, I'm without a vehicle.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #5
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I would probably cut the other side off and clean them both up and bevel the edges and weld them both on at the same time. If one broke do you trust the other?

dont bevel the edges as stated above just butt them up to the tube and weld them. with a fillet weld you just need your weld to be as thick as the thinnest part that you are welding to.
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