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Old 02-22-2010, 01:06 PM   #43
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John- Thanks. Yours is a Type1 OEM bracket. Note the huck bolt flanges both turn outward, and there is a noticable space between the bracket & the front bulkhead (on the right in your photo).

On the type3 (the flexy flier model) the front flange turns rearward, and the front face is up against the front bulkhead, maybe an 1/8" gap.

On the type2, the front flange where the bolts are is also turned rearward for the bolts, and is up against the bulkhead, but the front face has a large S-turn in it.

Small correction on your description of the internal stiffener plate welds- they don't have weld up the edge against the frame; this is the source of the cracks in the lower welds, as the accumulated stress in those lower welds has nowhere to dissipate.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:39 AM   #44
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I finally got back on the road headed north.This is my first trip since I added the steering upgrade bracket. We drove from Brownsville to Kerville TX in some strong side winds and my coach seemed to take less effort to compensate for the side wind. It may have just been psychological since the coach has always handle great. Thanks again Emike for the kit.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:02 PM   #45
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@ the DRR in Jan. I thought you were going to send info on the steering bracket. I have not heard anything. Did I miss it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:29 PM   #46
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Jim- I have kit parts in, am back from Mexico, and am shipping kits this week. I'll send you an email, and I have 4 or 5 others I need to contact as well. Mike
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:10 PM   #47
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steering bracket kit

Mike I should send you a PM but dont know how. I hear some clunking when I turn left or right and was going to take coach to JOSAM are you familar with this outfit? ,and do you have kits aviable at this time? perhaps it would be wise to get the kit first. I have 36MDDS 2004 serial number 75100. I have talked to you via phone a year or so ago you may remember. Harry Fravert hjwf@msn.com
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:45 PM   #48
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I installed the EM Steering Bracket today. Hour and ahalf job with some help. Just under 25K miles and a crack was showing.
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:31 PM   #49
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In one of the threads re this subject, someone posted a picture of a bracket I believe installed by Redlands with the comment Now that is a good looking installation. Since Ican't seem to find that poost can anyone assist me in doing so? Waterdog4315
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:02 PM   #50
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Not sure where it was posted before, but I think this is the photo you are referencing:
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It may be to late for some of you, but I just had one of EM's kits installed in Port Angeles WA. The price, a wopping $130.00.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:53 PM   #52
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I just had the EM steering bracket kit installed at Alignment Professionals on the south side of Atlanta. There were no cracks on the bracket and only used the two bolts on the bottom. Total installation cost was $160.00. Also got a front end alignment at a very reasonable cost. The Alpine drives like new again. I highly recommend this shop to anyone in the Atlanta area needing this work done. The shop owner's name is Tony and he can be reached at 404-391-8825.

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Old 06-14-2010, 02:34 PM   #53
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The steering kit was instaled last week on a 36MDDS with 99,924 miles (2004) there was no evidence of wear or even paint distrubed so guess some coaches are dif from others. I feel better about having it I guess its kinda like insurance . FYI it cost little over 650.00 to install more than Redlands charges but lot less that Alignment Pros someone mentioned. But everything costs more in south Florida. It took 5 hours to get huck bolts off and holes drilled the installer said he also mentioned the frame thickness at the connection seemed little thin for the strain it gets. So if any one debating the kit it seems worth it.
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HF- sounds like those guys were not following the directions and maybe figured out a "better" way. The two Huck bolts should take about 15 min. total to remove (including setup of extension cords, etc...) if using the method described.
Glad it worked out in the end.
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They claim they followed directions think maybe it had to do with being paid by the hour
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:23 PM   #56
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I chose NOT to use Redlands after shop foreman Keith SIGNIFICANTLY increased his estimate to install the bracket over a quote he had given me a just a couple of months earlier.

I used A&N Diesel in Redding, CA. Steve Ashe installed the bracket, including taping and installing the two "optional" bolts in less than 2 hours and charged $ 170.

Although I know we could have fabricated it locally for less, I chose to buy the bracket kit from Engineer Mike to save the time. I believe Redlands also marked up the price of the bracket significantly over what they pay. I don't mind paying a fair price but not twice!

Steve didn't know what to do with the instructions that came with the bracket kit telling him to photograph and document the job for NTSB- He said he needed a camera and it was going to take him another half hour to do all the paperwork. l told him what to do with request.

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