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Old 09-11-2010, 02:27 PM   #15
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Dave & Jaime,

For my coach, there were two (2) flimsy, aluminum straps originally installed by the WRV factory. I replaced BOTH the front and rear broken ones with thicker aluminum tabs, as you can see in my photos in Post #10 above. From the best that I recall, the original aluminum straps were very thin and had two very sharp bends in them; I think the break was at one of the bends.

This problem with poor design seems to be similar to what has happened with breaking of the aluminum tabs holding the rear airfoil in place.

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Old 09-17-2010, 04:29 PM   #16
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Well ours is a little different. We sort of sideswiped a jeep in Florida and just creased the bottom of the radiator shroud. That little bit of stress caused the front tab to break. I noticed it when the turbo hose blew and we were laid over in Heyburn, ID for 4 days. I took two large cable tie wraps and put it back together with those and it's been that was since.
Looks bad, but it works. Now that I have seen the re-fabrication I know how I will fix mine. But I think I am going to use a large flat washer as a spacer so my Bolt can go through it, and if I need to get into that area again, all I would have to do is remove the bolt and swing the bracket out of the way.

Great Idea on re-engineering this poor design.

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:52 AM   #17
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On my 05 there is predrilled holes in the frame structure that can be drilled into the radiator door. this will securely attach the back of the grill. Why WRV never put these bolts in is beyond me.You can access the area by raising the engine access door. With bolts installed in this area the lower brackets would not fail as easily. I installed 2 3/8 bolts in mine and it is not going anywhere.
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Old 09-24-2010, 06:21 PM   #18
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The cable ties have worked well on mine for 3 years now.

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