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Old 04-15-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Kwikee Step Pivot Repair

Several of the pivot points on my Series 32 stairs are loose. The pivots appear to be a rivet headed stup that is fixed to one plate by a staking process. Has anyone replaced these? It looks like bolts will work in most positions, but I'm a little hesitant to start grinding off the rivet without knowing what's involved beforehand. Kwikee's solution is to replace the entire stair mechanical assembly which seem like an overkill given the problem I'm trying to solve. It's not inexpensive, either.

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Old 04-15-2015, 09:51 AM   #2
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I took my step down, which only involves removing 4 bolts and welded the pivot studs on the fixed side. Permanent fix
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:12 AM   #3
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Several of the pivot points on my Series 32 stairs are loose. The pivots appear to be a rivet headed stup that is fixed to one plate by a staking process. Has anyone replaced these? It looks like bolts will work in most positions, but I'm a little hesitant to start grinding off the rivet without knowing what's involved beforehand. Kwikee's solution is to replace the entire stair mechanical assembly which seem like an overkill given the problem I'm trying to solve. It's not inexpensive, either.
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If bolts with nyloc nuts will not create a clearance problem when the step mechanism operates you will be okay.
I used SS bolts and nuts on my Series 32 Kwikee step.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:16 AM   #4
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FYI -

Scott did a nice writeup on his internal repair. Between the pivots and the gears, sounds like I have a weekend project.

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Ok this is what you will need.
Bronze Bushing 1 4 x 7 16 x 3 4 G3175 | eBay
remove the pin and install the bushing leave about 1/8" longer then needed and install bolt in and snug bolt lightly bushing will float inside.
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I repaired one a few years back. I used bushings as noted above.

Instead of regular hex head bolts, I used shoulder bolts to be able to use properly tightened nuts:

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Ahhh, found a more complete description:

96Bounder30E's rebuild thread
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Hi Bob,
How many stairs are on your Kwikee steps?

My coach had only a one step that was too much for my wife so I replaced it with a 'two step' unit. Nothing wrong with the 'one step' and I intended to put it on e-bay but haven't gotten around to it yet. If interested, send me a PM.
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Tim,

Thanks, that's just what I needed. I did a search before posting but either missed this one or it didn't pop up.

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Don't forget to oil them monthly as recommended by Kwikee.
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