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Old 01-10-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Question steering bracket upgrade

Does a 2002 alpine need a steering bracket upgrade? I saw a post about redlands truck offering a upgrage for 04 thur 09 .

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Old 01-11-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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Probably not [not based on a design flaw anyway] but it would be good to inspect /have your bracket inspected to ensure there are no cracks/rust lines. If there are signs of fatigue, you will need a different bracket design from the one offered for the newer coaches.

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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Thanks, old scout, i will crawl under there and take a close look.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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close look

Thanks old rver I will crawl under there and gove it a real close look.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:55 PM   #5
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My 01 had a crack in the weld. The weld stopped about an inch from the edge. I took it to a welding shop in Mesa and they cut a new brace for the inside and welded the bracket in a continuous weld.

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Old 01-25-2013, 06:30 PM   #6
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The 03 & earlier rigs have one of two different bracket designs. Both crack the internal brace welds near the bottom of the bracket, starting next to the frame & continuing to the left.
The problems are a) when a weld starts or stops it is not full strength, and 2) the highest stress is next to the frame for this type of design.

When the weld cracks get significant, you can have a certified welder grind out the OEM weld, reweld, and add a fore-aft brace welded in to the angled front & rear internal stiffener plates. The new brace will be trapezoidal in shape, and weld over the frame end of the stiffener welds that crack. this brace "completes" the stiffener weld design by putting a "return" on the original weld so it doesn't stop abruptly where the stress is highest.
The repaired weld + added brace looks like this:

The added brace is gray metal in this view, it hasn't been painted yet. You can see the new welds easily. Frame is on the left in this photo and camera is facing rearward.

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