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Attn: Kert DIY4x...or opinions wanted

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bnate, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. bnate

    bnate 1/2 ton status

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    Just a sanity check here....shackle flip bracket bolts to frame, but there is a space at the bottom of the bracket. If it was sitting flush, the bracket is taking the weight...as it is now, the bolts are taking "shear" weight, right?!!?!

    Is this common? Anything to worry about? Add a spacer under the frame?

    BTW, Kert does awesome work. Have ordered from him a few times.

    I think it's just my frame. PO decided to torch off the rear bumper, which may have effected something here?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I would not worry about it. It looks like 85 to 90% of the bracket is flush to the frame, which is plenty. It may be that your frame is not square, instead of the bracket.
     
  3. 79k20350

    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    just to double check, loosen the bolts on the frame, and tighten the two bottom ones first (leave all the other bolts in, just loosen them) This will ensure its tight to the bottom of the frame.
     
  4. AlphaMale

    AlphaMale Registered Member

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    wouldn't the weight of the veh push down on the bracket making it solid rather than pulling it apart? Even when it flexes the tension of the spring takes most of the weight....could be wrong.
    But I agree with 79k20350 about tightening the bottom bolts first.
     
  5. cybrfire

    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    Seems everybody beat me too it. Yep, I'd tighten the bolts on the bottom first and then smoke down the side bolts. Not uncommon to see frame rails that have had better days.
     
  6. bnate

    bnate 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks everyone. Appreciate the feedback.

    Bracket is 100% square. Frame is 22 years old.

    Kert, you've always answered.... Thanks a million.
     

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