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Old 10-14-2020, 01:33 PM   #1
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Upper Shock Brackets

Does anyone know where I can get the upper shock brackets for an 8 bag Roadmaster. I have an 03 Windsor 40 DST. I left a message with the Rev group and they did call me back. The girl was new so she tried her best and did give me a part number, but she couldn't answer my question. My upper brackets are welded and have a stud to mount the shock. She said they have them in stock and are $274.ea. I asked if they are wrong can I send them back. I can for a 20% restock fee. I just don't know if I want to take that chance and pay to return them if they are not right. They don't have a picture of them so it is a guessing game. I can buy flat stock and make my own as another option. I have tried all the shock people and they don't have anything. I can't find any roadmaster chassis dealers on line.
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Old 10-14-2020, 01:49 PM   #2
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It will be tough to find any new parts for a Roadmaster chassis. When Monaco went bankrupt they were bought buy Navistar in 2009, then sold to REV group in 2013. REV does not support the older Monaco line. And Roadmaster chassis were not used after 2009.

You best bet is to either call salvage yards like Colaw https://colawrvsalvage.com/ and maybe someone will be willing to go out in the yard and cut a mount off the coach for you,
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try to get a mount that will work that was made for a truck. Like this Kenworth mount:

I don't know what your mount looks like so I couldn't search for you. But you get the idea.

Is is bolt on mount or welded? Can you post a photo?
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The 274.00 dollars seems pricy, also interesting is there's a replacement for a
'welded' bracket. How would the new bracket be attached ,,,welded or bolted.
I guess the next question is why the bracket needs replacing. Would be most helpful to see pictures of the failure. Is the shock stud welded to the bracket.

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Old 10-14-2020, 02:44 PM   #4
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Do you have a stud welded onto a bracket?
I had one break on the left-front 2003 RR10. The one just underneath driver seat.
Instead of trying to replace the stud or bracket assy, I drilled out the stud and welded a 2nd tab to the member. Then used a through-bolt for the head of the shock.
The stud was surprisingly soft and pretty easy to drill out. Need a right-angle drill to get in there. I made a jig to clamp to the bracket and guide the drill bit.
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Old 10-14-2020, 02:49 PM   #5
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Broken shock mount

I also had one break on the shock infront of Left rear duals on an 8 bag system.

It was a few years ago, I remember taking the duals off, removing the air bag and welding it.
Cost was nothing just time.
I do remember it was challenging.
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Old 10-14-2020, 03:21 PM   #6
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I had an upper shock mount break on the left rear. It was a stud through a welded on bracket. I also drilled it out and used a grade 8 bolt to remount the shock. It was tough drilling in such a tight area but finally got through.

Most of the Roadmaster brackets were fabricated right at the factory. You should be able to get a local welding shop to duplicate it.
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Old 10-14-2020, 05:46 PM   #7
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shock bracket

I have added a picture of the broken off piece on both shocks on the front air bags on the rear axle. I talked with Source Engineering and talked with the owner, Jim, and he said they make their own brackets out of 1/4" flat stock. Mine has a stud welded to a bracket. It will be challenging to cut and grind the old bracket off as there is not much room but making my own will be stronger and I will drill a bolt hole in the plates so I can use a grade bolt.
Thanks for all the replies as this group is awesome with help!!
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Upper Shock Brackets

We had a top shock mount break on the rear of our 2005 Signature.

We had a local truck shop weld in a replacement bolt from McMaster-Carr. It was an M18/2.5x100mm 10.9 bolt with matching locknuts.

https://www.mcmaster.com/91310A117

https://www.mcmaster.com/94645A260

The shock mount broke because we used the air suspension to raise the rear end to get up our driveway. Ours did not come with any suspension travel limiting device, but we have one now!

For newer Bilstein shocks we needed to use a washer that is bigger than the diameter of the top rubber bushing to stop the shock eye loop from coming off the rubber bushing. The design had changed from the original Bilstein shocks from 2005. I donít recall the exact size, but it was M18 from a local hardware store that has an excellent fastener section. If you would like to know, I can measure it.

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Old 10-14-2020, 11:18 PM   #9
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Source told me that broken shock mounts are common on these coaches.
I drilled a hole right through what was left of the old stud and mount plate. I used 1/4" dia cobalt shorty drill bits.
Link to a thread with a picture of my repair, post #19.
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f24/brok...-373734-2.html
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Thanks for all the info. I have started making new brackets and will bolt them in. Not going to be a fun project as there isn't much room.

Thanks again everyone.
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If you need more photos of a repair. send me your email or I can text some.
I drilled mine out installed a stud. similar to what others have done. The only welding I did was on the stud itself.
Road-master RR8 is a great chassis but the welding quality.... not so much.
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Yikes. Yeah, that looks like you'll need to replace the brackets.
My stud broke off flush with the bracket, which made it a much easier fix.
I hope it goes well!
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We had a top shock mount break on the rear of our 2005 Signature.

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The shock mount broke because we used the air suspension to raise the rear end to get up our driveway. Ours did not come with any suspension travel limiting device, but we have one now!

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What did you use to limit suspension travel?
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What did you use to limit suspension travel?


Give me a couple days and I will get some pictures.

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