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Old 09-22-2018, 03:26 PM
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I have a near mint 2001 Dakota, and what it needs no one wants to make the repair.
The right front frame has a factory welded bracket that supports the A arm and the shock, and it is half rusted off. I don't think I can buy it, and not sure if my only option it to cut one off at a recycling yard. Any ideas?
 
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:52 PM
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Yes, that is likely your only option. The upper control arm mounts to the frame though, I don't think it interacts with the top shock mount at all.
 
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:41 PM
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Thanks magnethead
It looks to me like the long bolt of the upper A arm goes through this bracket along with the upper shock bolt.
But I'll try to get Mama to post a picture, which I should have done to begin with.
 
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:48 PM
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Both upper A arm bolts go in from the top and thread into block nuts between the UCA bracket and the top of the frame rail itself.
 
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:21 PM
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What a waste. There's really nothing I can do with this except part it out.
 
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:54 PM
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Find another one in the junk yard, cut what you need off that one, weld it onto yours. The rest of the truck looks to be in REALLY good condition......
 
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:19 PM
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Yea you're pretty SOL there. All you can really do is cut and graft off a donor frame.... Which I bet is going to be hard to find a good donor one....
 
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Wonder if a fab shop would make one up.......
 
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:28 PM
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Wonder if a fab shop would make one up.......
Having worked at one....probably not. Too many insurance liabilities.
 
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