MX2: Suspension Repairs

Posted on Posted in MX2: 2001 Ford Ranger

After a few test runs I had my shock tabs rip off the frame. Back at the shop I cleaned up the cross supports surface and re-welded the broken shock mount (left). Though the right mount didn’t break I ran a few extra welds, just in case.

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Then I cut 1/4 inch plate for reinforcements. I drilled holes for additional welds attaching to the existing structure. The larger hole is drilled where the mount is.

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Next I crank up the amperage and go crazy welding.

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Though the top material isn’t very thick I add gussets anyways. Afterward I give it a coat of paint. I would still like to tie the new 1/4 plating to the frame somehow with a 90 degree gusset, but with the frame only being 1/8 thick I’m concerned with tearing off a chunk of the frame.

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Update on the shock/mount problem. A few weeks ago I sent my broken shock out for a rebuild and to replace the damaged line. Once I got the fixed shock back I reinstalled both of them with the remote reservoirs hanging off the back. I’ll leave them like so until I test out the new mounts. Once I feel comfortable the mounts are sturdy then the remote reservoirs will be remounted up higher.

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I’ve also installed limiting straps on the front suspension. Still need to replace the worn out bump stops.

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