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Reinforce the front damper mounts.
If stiffer than original shock absorbers are used, or rough off-road use, Nivas can be known to break their mounts. The weakest is the front top mount (standard Niva front shocks are excellent for off-roading and don't usually need upgraded btw).
This can be reinforced by either welding it up better than original, adding a some flat or angle steel, or replacing it with a new mount:
Simply making sure the mounts are welded as best they can be around all 3 sides of the top plate will make these mounts stronger.
Plates & Angle
A new top section of thicker steel can be welded on.
You could take this opportunity to box in the old mount for increased strength.
Alternately a piece of angle-section with a hole in 1 side could be used as under the top plate, with its second side attached to the inner guard. You could even make a whole new mount from angle that fits inside the old mount's sides:
The entire mount can be replaced with one fabricated from a piece of thicker box-section steel and welded to the inner guard.
Of course once you reinforced one thing, generally the next weakest link will break if the Niva is used for rough driving - the bottom shock mount. These also can be easily up-rated with some channel-section:
Ensure that the steering can not make contact with any new lower mounts on full articulation from lock-to-lock.
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