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Old 03-30-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Steering Bracket Upgrade

Hello, I am in the process of looking to purchase an Alpine motorcoach and have been reading about the steering bracket upgrade due to cracks. My question is, can I see this bracket without getting under or raising the coach? Where is it located? I am going to be looking at 2003, 2005 and 2006 models.

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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2005's and 06's are impacted by the design change to the steering bracket--the 03's are not but these older coaches could be affected by age/fatigue not related to the new design. A bracket repair kit is available to fix the newer coaches with the design problem. Welding is about the only solution for older coaches with fatigue cracks. The only way to check for cracks is to crawl under the driver's side fender and observe the bracket that connects the steering knuckle to the frame.
PS--if you are "body thickness--challenged," you can gain better access/more room by opening the front generator slide.
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Thanks, That's what I needed to know. And I will probably need to open the generator slide!!!!

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I wouldn't make this a deciding factor. I doubt you will see anything wrong when you look at it either way. You need someone to turn the steering wheel while you are looking at the bracket and observe for flexing. The bracket kit fixes this and is not an expensive job.
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Scout is correct about model years, 04 & later have the new (and weaker) steering gear bracket. A stiffener kit is available here, and installation is available at any local truck frame shop or DIY (assuming you are up to it & fit in the space ahead of the front tire bulkhead).
Here is a long thread w/all the details including inspection methods.
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