Where can I find the driver side upper control arm bracket

Tiny
THOMAS BEERS
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  • 2001 DODGE DURANGO
  • 4.7L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 122,000 MILES
I have been trying to find a place to buy a driver side upper control arm bracket and since it is welded to the frame it has rusted away. I just need to find a replacement part. What can I do?
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Friday, October 14th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM

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Tiny
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Either mark where it broke and make another piece to weld in or take to a body shop/frame place they will fix it.
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Friday, October 14th, 2016 AT 3:36 PM
Tiny
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Check in your area for a frame and alignment shop.

It looks like you live in Wisconsin where they throw a pound of salt on an ounce of snow! I have gone trough this with my 1988 Grand Caravan that I love dearly. It got so rusty, both rear shock mounts rusted off the frame rails. Makes for a pretty bouncy ride at low speeds!

A body shop may be able to help with this too, or they should be able to recommend a shop. Typically we look for solid places where we can weld a piece of sheet steel to, then build up the brackets we need from there. Keep in mind that doing that strengthens the purposely-weakened areas that are designed in to absorb crash forces.

I cannot remember, but I seem to recall this truck uses a frame assembly that can be unbolted from the cab and box. If that is correct, and since it is just a matter of time before this happens to the other side, consider getting a used frame from a salvage yard down south. "Pull-A-Part" is a chain of yards that are very clean and well-organized. People there are very friendly, and parts are inexpensive. Their yards are between Ohio and southern Georgia, and they have some new ones in the southwest. I have been to sixteen of their yards. They do not buy crashed vehicles from insurance companies. They only buy what people drive or tow in. In Nashville, I unbolted steel brake lines with a small wrench that would have been long rusted tight up here.
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Friday, October 14th, 2016 AT 3:49 PM

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