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1991 Chevy Suburban - Cracked / Split Frame around RR Shock Mount

I have a 1991 Suburban 2WD with a cracked / split frame around RR shock mount. Cracked around the bolt hole like a spider web. Split upwards and across from the bolt hole. Is it repairable ? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks !

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Fasteddie383 is right. i had to do the same repair, to the same shock location, on my friend '81p/u. luckly i didn't have to take it to a welder, i just did it myself. as for making a patch, that's going too far, and isn't needed. i simply "vee'd" the cracks (on both the inside & outside of the frame) and filled in the cracks with the welder. after i ground the welds smooth-TAKE CARE NOT TO GO TOO THIN HERE!-i cleaned up the hole opening for the shock bolt and installed new shocks (which is what i was doing when i found the damage) and it's been mint ever since (this repair was done in July of 2003). good luck.

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Bring it to a welder and see if they can make a new mount and weld it in. its really not that big of a deal

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