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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2000, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Well I have done it now!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP!

Well if you were there you know what happened to my Jeep at Anderson Creek. For all those concerned we made it back home (barely) driving cautiously.

With a come-a-long and some ingenuity we held the thing together for the ride home.

Besides tearing away the passenger side step (I know I need nerf bars or something similar), I discovered that the driver side front shackle hanger was broken leaving the shackle and subsequently the spring to move freely away from the frame. The metal that is broken looks iffy to weld back. So I am a little perplexed. The mount broke just below the frame leaving part still welded to the frame and part bolted to the shackle.

I called M.O.R.E. and luckily Chris Overacker was there today. He said their shackle reversal setup required that mounting point for there setup to work. He said without looking at it (he's out west, I'm in Georgia) that he would be afraid to install the kit even welding the bracketry because their kit used a spacer between the two holes for that mount for strength. Bolt on hangers won't work easily...since the YJ's frame is boxed you would have to bolt from bottom to top of frame or cut a slot into the frame for access to install a nut.

There are no competent shops near my home and I can't be without my Jeep too long (daily driver). I am looking for help from the group...any suggestions, ideas?? I would not mind installing some aftermarket setup to remedy the problem. (I can't afford a coil kit!)

PLEASE HELP!!!


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That's a tuffy, Hank! if you can manage to get the welded piece cut off, you could replace it with either another YJ hanger or a bolt on hanger welded on. A local shop tried to talk me into new hangers (bolt on), which they were going to weld to my frame, since the bolt holes won't line up anyway for YJ springs on my CJ.

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Re: Well I have done it now!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP!

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I`m not a frame expert but can`t you make a new box section to weld in there ? It`s what I was going to do on the rear of my CJ frame , same principle.

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Im not sure if I fully understand the problem but one idea would be to drill a hole all the way throught the top of the frame and get some grade 8 bolts and nuts and run the bolts all the way through the frame. I had a similar problem on the back of dads 84 cj7 shackle hangers and that is how I fixed it. It has worked great since.

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From what I understand here, I'd go with either the grade 8 (or maybe grade 5 would do it: grade 8 is more brittle) bolt through the frame idea OR just cutting or grinding the remaining fragment of shackle hanger off the frame and welding another one on.

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Re: Well I have done it now!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP!

I got an email from a guy telling me that I can walk up to a Jeep parts counter and order the part if I have the part number for the weld on hanger...He just can't find his receipt. Anybody got that info ?? He says it is in the factory body manual - seperate from the service manual.

If I can get that part here and find a competent welder (that will work on a truck with all the liability that goes with that).



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I know Hiram isn't that close to Dalton (about an hour south), but Hiram 4x4 can probably do it for you.

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Damn, too bad your so far from FL, FlMudCJ would be happy to fix it for ya...for some "sweet dew." Heck, he's got a welder, a torch, and a grinder, he can fix ANYTHING!!!!

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Hmm I'm trying to remember but I think the shackle reversal kit I used to sell at the 4x4 shop didn't use that piece. They'll be open on monday you should try giving them a call. 1-800-4-fly-n-hi talk to Sean he'll take care of you. They also have a website www.fly-n-hi.com the answer might be there. Good luck
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How about doing the spring hanger on top of the frame trick like on Chris' TJ-7? The long shackles hang down on each side of the frame. Its easier to understand if you see the pictures at his website- he was doing a shackle-reversal at the same time as well.

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