What I have done so far, I inspected the crossmember and started spraying some penetrating fluid on the fasteners that need to be removed.
In this picture you can see where the control arm bracket let go. The welds rusted out and the mount is no longer attached to the crossmember. I circled the fasteners that need to be removed in yellow.
In this picture you can see the extent of the rust on the crossmember.
This is the "better" side that has not failed yet.
(fasteners that need to be removed are circled in yellow
Here is an underside shot of the crossmember. This picture shows the 2 bolts that hold the steering rack and fasteners under the radiator support.
Drivers side view from the top.
Passenger side view from the top.
Driver's side from wheel well.
Passenger side from wheel well.
So tomorrow I'm going to the salvage yard and going to try and pull a good one of a donor vehicle. I will also make sure to sand and paint it to try and prevent it from rusting like this one.
I'll post more pictures and videos as I get more done!
THAT would take a lot of searching and rip-out to find a decent one in your area, no?
Can't you just buy a new replacement?
Oh, Fierodough...VERY well done write-up and pics thus far, BTW.
The ones that have been recently replaced under the recall are in decent shape. I have seen a few at the yards that look almost new. A new one is $300 over here. That's almost what I paid for the truck! LOL! This is my winter beater / trail fun truck.
I intend to document most of the repairs and mods I do on this truck as the second generation Tracker / Vitaras don't have as much helpful resources as the first gens have.
As an added note, the underside of this truck is rust-free. My rockers had rusted through but I replaced those and I have a small rust bubble near my fuel filler door. Otherwise, it's not that bad. There is a serious issue with the rust inhibitor they used on those crossmembers.
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