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Old 03-03-2012, 02:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey guys!

Well this is video of what my crossmember looks like. My lower control arm mount separated from the rest of the crossmember.

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crazy!!
did you get the file?
it mentions you need to remove the rear mount bolt on the control arms as well, but you can get away with removing that bolt on only one side then sneak it out..
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Yipes! That is amazing.
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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!

Cheers!
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Here is Larry's provided Crossmember Recall Service Bulletin as well...

Crossmember Recall.pdf

Thanks Larrry.
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I'm going to the salvage yard and going to try and pull a good one of a donor vehicle.
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?

LARRY!

Oh, Fierodough...VERY well done write-up and pics thus far, BTW.

EDIT:

Here you go. Brand new factory stuff. Part number taken from the Recall info...

2002 - SUZUKI - VITARA - - L4 - 2.0L - GAS
FRONT SUSPENSION / FRONT SUSPENSION / FRONT SUSPENSION / CROSSMEMBER
4580066D01 - CROSSMEMBER Vitara, Grand Vitara
Online Price $171.22

http://oemsuzukiparts.com/parts/inde...w=11&maxRow=10

To me, it would be worth it not having to lay under some junk yard Zuk up there in the frozen tundra, freezing my arse off.
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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?

LARRY!

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.

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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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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
Well that is better news.

DO see my (edited #16) post above referencing a new one though.
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I'm with with Max on this..
If you use the recall part number, the price drops to about half!
I'd definately go with new for the extra $70ish
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