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front lower coil spring mounts

I was installing a set of old man emu upgraded coil springs on Shrek (1999 Forest green WJ) today. When I got to the front driver's side and pulled out the coil spring isolator, I noticed a fair amount of rust on the mount itself. I am concerned about the integrity of the mount and would like to possibly find one that I can weld on after grinding off the old one.

Does any one here have any experience with this? What is the best way to repair if it can be? Or where can I find one to replace it?

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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

I just had the same experience when i removed the lower spring isolators last week. No rust at all at any spot on the lower surface, but those spring mounts looked like they had spend 80 years besides the Titanic on the sea floor. I removed all the rust with a rotating wire brush, put two coats of rust inhibiter and three coats of paint on them. The metal is quite thick. Do you feel that it is rusted too far away? This seems to be a weak point on the WJ though, the rust formation on these points.
See here my thread about this with some pictures: Front suspension work
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

Any way to arrach this thread directly to yours?

Mine were in considerably worse shape than yours. I am going back in this afternoon and take some pictures. I think that I am going to have to do some fabrication. To re build mounts



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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

My lower mounts do not even have the centering tower that yours do.



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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

I am going to be working with a friend of mine who has loads of experience in metal fabrication and welding. We are going to re-build the lower coil spring mounts.
Any chance anyone has the dimensions for the tower that centers the lower coil spring isolator?


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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

Still have my springs out, so took the dimensions. Some material rusted away, so it probably be a bit smaller then original.
The foot diameter is 82 mm, while at the top they are 79 mm (so they are a bit conical.) The height is 45 mm. You can also use the lower spring isolator inner dimensions as a reference.
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

You can buy replacements from Iron Rock Offroad and weld them on after removing the rusted out area.

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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

I have spent 2 days looking on the net for a site like that. It didn't make sense that there wouldn't be one but I found no reference to it.
If this works out, I owe you a 6-pack.

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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

Hey no problem, that's what we do here help each other out if we can. I replaced mine with a kit from them also. But the kits listed now are much better as they improved the design and you cant beat the price for a pair of mounts. Good luck with the fix.
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

I didnt spend alot of time looking, but do they or anyone have the rest of the mount listed? Just in case there isnt enough salvageable steel left?
I am just thinking to make the whole project cleaner looking


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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

So I ordered the perch rebuild parts. They should be here on Tuesday when i will go to my friends to install. I will try and remember to take some photos as i go and post when I am back on the road.


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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

If most of the rust is on the round part you should be able to just remove that and have enough metal left over to grind down and weld to. You could also cut some 1/4" plate to size to cover the whole area and then weld the new mounts to that. I would also treat any of the metal left that was rusted with some rust reformer product to help stop it from coming back. Then put a good coat of paint over the entire repair to help stop future rust. It is hard to stop as it seems the rubber pads trap the moisture.
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