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the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby IndegoBlue [OP] » Jan 28 2012, 8:07pm

So i got under my truck a day ago because every time i hit a bump it seemed like my bed was going to fall off. Wondering if something had rusted off or came loose i found that the rear passenger side shock isnt even attached to anything. the metal part thats attached to the truck, the beam that the shock is attached to is completely rusted off. the shock is just sitting there and every time i hit a bump it slams into the underside of my bed. What do i do? How can I Fix it?
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Re: the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby starspangled6.0 » Jan 28 2012, 9:56pm

For one thing, I'd stop driving if I were you. No sense breaking more than the shock mount!

Can you post some pics of the broken shock mount, as well as the other side that isn't broken? I'm fairly certain you can get new mounts, if that's all that needs replacing.
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the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby Gilgamesh » Jan 28 2012, 10:14pm

I'm sure you can get that shock bracket. Might have to take it to a body shop if you don't know anyone with a welder.
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Re: the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby IndegoBlue [OP] » Jan 28 2012, 10:35pm

It's actually the tube running across the bed that the shocks are mounted to. I think I figured out a quick fix for now. I'll take some live in a little bit to show you guys what broke.
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Re: the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby ASTE25 » Jan 28 2012, 11:32pm

I'd go to a junk yard, cut off a good one from a donow truck and weld it on your frame.
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Re: the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby IndegoBlue [OP] » Jan 29 2012, 1:01am

wasnt able to take pics cause it got too dark out and the flash on my phone sucks. Anyways here is a makeshift diagram of what is wrong,

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The tubes run across the width of the bed, they are where the shocks are mounted to, they are clipped to the gas tank, and also have a support for the exhaust on them. you can actually see the holes in the wheel wells because they are open exposed tubes

when driving down the street and hitting a bump the rear passenger side shock would actually hit the bed of my truck because the tub broke just to the left of it.

For now (and it is actually holding up better than what i had thought hoped for) cleaned up the holes and the tube as best i could, took away any sort of rust i could reach, and fit a 2 and 3/4 inch ridged pipe into the existing broken pipe and hole. For anyone who knows ridged pipe it is fairly strong and is a pain in the butt to cut or bend. I could only get the pipe in about 10 inches. which was 8 more inches past the break point. lucky for me the pipes fit parefectly, I had to use a mallet to get them in the whole way so its a nice snug fit.

I ended up doing this to both sides of the truck on both tubes (4 holes all together) just for the sake of doing it. After they were all cut in and slammed in as far as they would go i drilled some self tapping screw into them, drilled 3 into the tubes themselves. the bottom and both sides, and i also screwed one into the frame which was a pain in the butt also.

so for now theyre holding up fine, there is no more play in the broken tube and feel better having them in the other 3 holes as well, I took the truck down the bumpiest road i could find, and even off road for a little while (just for a test drive :D i mean c'mon i had to!) So some time this week im going to drive down to my uncles shop when i get a chance and have him weld the tubes and the pipes together and to the frame.
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Re: the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby Gilgamesh » Jan 29 2012, 1:07am

Come spring, might want to think about taking the bed off your truck and spraying your frame down with POR15, rust converter.
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Re: the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby IndegoBlue [OP] » Jan 29 2012, 1:10am

that was the first thing i did to the truck when i bought it, was due to the abuse it took before i had it and the carelessness of the previous owner. he did take great care of the truck, its just that he never got that detailed. and yes, i already painted the new pipes, theyre going to have to be scratched up a little for my uncle to went them but that just means a couple extra sprays
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Re: the support for my rear shocks rusted out!

Postby ASTE25 » Jan 29 2012, 4:47am

You could probably get some roll bar tube and weld it in place to attach everything to.
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