North Atlantic Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC

Major repair advice needed...

Old 03-02-2013, 07:30 PM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Wild Willy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western Maine
Posts: 10
Year: 95
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default Major repair advice needed...

Hello all. Been a member on here a few months now, havent really been able to be active since I've been driving tractor trailer for awhile again. I have run into a bit of a problem with my '95 XJ sport. seems as though front left control arm flange tore loose from the axle housing. Do I need to go get another axle housing for this thing? Looking into it, appears that I might need to rebuild practically the entire front end. I dont want this to be the thing that kills this buggy for me, since it has a strong motor, tranny, and gearbox all stock. I rescucitated this thing from a premature death at the hands of people that didnt care a whit about it, and have had it for going on 3 years now. Any good advice on how to get it back on the road again would be appreciated and welcomed. Thanks.

Last edited by Wild Willy; 03-02-2013 at 07:54 PM.
Wild Willy is offline  
Old 03-02-2013, 08:09 PM
  #2  
Seasoned Member
 
XJGunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NC
Posts: 401
Year: 2001
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.slow
Default

Pictures would help but I'm thinking you should just replace the control arm. Since its stock a local junk yard would be the cheapest option.
XJGunny is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 08:40 AM
  #3  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Wild Willy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western Maine
Posts: 10
Year: 95
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default

You are right, pictures would help.The control arm itself is undamaged, yet the flange it attaches to on the axle housing itself, which is factory welded, is what tore loose.
Wild Willy is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 10:03 AM
  #4  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Wild Willy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western Maine
Posts: 10
Year: 95
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default Pictures Of what happened...

Pictures of left front control arm flange torn loose from axle housing...
Attached Thumbnails Major repair advice needed...-2013-03-03-10.20.39.jpg   Major repair advice needed...-2013-03-03-10.21.17.jpg  
Wild Willy is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 10:14 AM
  #5  
Seasoned Member
 
XJGunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NC
Posts: 401
Year: 2001
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.slow
Default

Oh damn. You got some serious rust issues going on there. You might be able to cut all that mess off and clean up the axle. Weld on new brackets to rebuild it. I would much rather source a newer axle though. You probably have more issues that that front axle. I'm glad I don't have to deal with that good luck to you.
XJGunny is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 10:53 AM
  #6  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 46
Model: Cherokee
Default

X2!= You may be able to clean it up and have new brackets welded on (they sell heavy duty ones) but from the looks of it you probably would need more eventually then its worth putting into that rusted one.

Originally Posted by XJGunny View Post
Oh damn. You got some serious rust issues going on there. You might be able to cut all that mess off and clean up the axle. Weld on new brackets to rebuild it. I would much rather source a newer axle though. You probably have more issues that that front axle. I'm glad I don't have to deal with that good luck to you.
Back2Spool is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 11:16 AM
  #7  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Wild Willy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western Maine
Posts: 10
Year: 95
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default

Yes, this axle does have serious rust issues. This failed just as I got on the highway 97 miles from my house at 5 pm last wednesday in the middle of a wet, nasty snowstorm. (I had brought my wife upstate to buy a '99 Dodge Stratus. A very sweet car for the money) I limped this this home at max 35 mph like this with her following me. Calling a tow truck would have taken HOURS with a snowstorm like that. It got home little home a little more than 3 hours later. We're fortunate this did not happen at highway speed, but that wasn't gonna happen as the speed limit had been reduced to 45 by the state police. The other side looks fine, but I do not trust since the rust claimed this side. It's been garaged until repair can happen. I'm just a little perplexed as to how to tackle this problem atm.
Wild Willy is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 11:25 AM
  #8  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Wild Willy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western Maine
Posts: 10
Year: 95
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default

Originally Posted by Back2Spool View Post
X2!= You may be able to clean it up and have new brackets welded on (they sell heavy duty ones) but from the looks of it you probably would need more eventually then its worth putting into that rusted one.
Where would I go to find beefed-up aftermarket brackets for this spot? I want ones to re-do the shock mounts as well.

Last edited by Wild Willy; 03-03-2013 at 11:26 AM. Reason: Spelling
Wild Willy is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 11:49 AM
  #9  
CF Veteran
 
xjfirefighter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rochester
Posts: 1,021
Year: 2001
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

Originally Posted by Wild ***** View Post

Where would I go to find beefed-up aftermarket brackets for this spot? I want ones to re-do the shock mounts as well.
Ballistic fab, a to z fab, almost any 4x4 fab shop will have them
xjfirefighter is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 12:01 PM
  #10  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Wild Willy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western Maine
Posts: 10
Year: 95
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default

Originally Posted by xjfirefighter View Post
Ballistic fab, a to z fab, almost any 4x4 fab shop will have them
Killer, Thank you. I'm also looking into a better axle housing, but either way I go, it looks like this is not gonna be cheap. I need steering knuckles for both sides, upper and lowe ball joints for boths side if axle is gonna be changed out, what a mess.
Wild Willy is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 12:08 PM
  #11  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 46
Model: Cherokee
Default

I would definitely just get another complete assembly, there a dime a dozen. Probably pick one up for 150, I bought my lower mounts from jeeperz creeperz but like i said before you have other issues there that wouldnt make upgrading/welding really be worth it on your existing axle.


Originally Posted by Wild ***** View Post
Killer, Thank you. I'm also looking into a better axle housing, but either way I go, it looks like this is not gonna be cheap. I need steering knuckles for both sides, upper and lowe ball joints for boths side if axle is gonna be changed out, what a mess.
Back2Spool is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 01:50 PM
  #12  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Wild Willy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western Maine
Posts: 10
Year: 95
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default

Originally Posted by Back2Spool View Post
I would definitely just get another complete assembly, there a dime a dozen. Probably pick one up for 150, I bought my lower mounts from jeeperz creeperz but like i said before you have other issues there that wouldnt make upgrading/welding really be worth it on your existing axle.
I heard that. Thank you guys. Im gonna update what happens on here when I can get this together.
Wild Willy is offline  
Old 03-04-2013, 06:40 AM
  #13  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 46
Model: Cherokee
Default

Originally Posted by Wild ***** View Post
I heard that. Thank you guys. Im gonna update what happens on here when I can get this together.
Good Luck, It's not too bad swapping axles, but hopefully your bolts on the body side will cooperate!
Back2Spool is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Cherospeed99
Modified XJ Cherokee Tech
16
08-30-2018 01:40 PM
HappyTrails
Cherokee Chat
24
04-02-2018 11:06 PM
sjm79902
Stock XJ Cherokee Tech. All XJ Non-modified/stock questions go here
2
09-30-2015 11:14 PM
metalwonzero
KL Cherokee Tech
2
09-30-2015 01:45 AM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Major repair advice needed...


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: