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Old 12-01-2015, 07:45 PM   #11
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This is the rear spring shackle on a 2014 rig built on a 2013 chassis. My welder brother in law has suggested 3/8" stock welded to the other shackle sides for reinforcement. Going to do that at home in the spring.
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:46 PM   #12
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Shackle plates

There are two on each end of each spring. They are about 3 inches by 1.5 inches. What happens is the bolts wear the holes in the plates until failure. Need to disassemble to inspect. One of mine failed at 30000 miles but all were worn. Mine is a 36 foot FR 5th wheel.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:37 AM   #13
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Thank you. Will do that when we get in for repairs as the repair guy will have to disassemble the leaf spring to weld.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:46 AM   #14
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Before you start welding, disconnect your RV battery. If not you could fry your electronics when the welder clips on to the frame.
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When I installed my Correct Track Alignment system I also replaced shackle plate connectors, bushings and bolts with the upgrade kit. All original equipment was in need of replacement after just two years. Here are pictures of the finished install.

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Old 12-02-2015, 11:02 AM   #16
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That install is much more robust than the factory original.

Definitely heavy duty. I guess LCI saved a few bucks on their install. Spent just enough to get the logo on their frame.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:09 AM   #17
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That install is much more robust than the factory original.

Definitely heavy duty. I guess LCI saved a few bucks on their install. Spent just enough to get the logo on their frame.
Even that wore off after a few weeks... Sticker peeled off!

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Old 12-02-2015, 12:45 PM   #18
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X2 on the weld. No penetration. Surprised it didn't break long ago...
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:11 PM   #19
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I have been through 2 hybrids that were both on LCI frames and had no issues. Granted one was only 5000 GVWR and the other 6000 GVWR. I am about 99.9% sure our new Roo is coming on an LCI frame. Not one weld on either of those frames looked good. Usually when a weld does not look good its a pretty good possibility its not good. I think if it was a widespread problem there would be recalls all over NHTSA. There are hundreds of thousands of LCI frames on the road. Not talking about anyone here, but you also don't know how many people are abusing stuff. I know a couple people who should not be allowed to tow anything at any time.

Add to that everyone, myself included, is obsessed with low price.

I once noticed an ad online for welders at LCI a few years ago, I think it was on the website of the Elkhart Truth newspaper. The starting wage offered was $12 hr. You don't get much of a welder for $12 an hour. You get a guy like me. Someone who thinks he can weld. I won't sell myself short, I am one hell of a melter. I just went and looked there again and no ad for LCI but they have a temp staffing agency looking for welders. You get even less of a welder from the temp agency?
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We're all fixed. And as noted, one side of the bracket had no penetration.

New bracket and weld looks great. I'm not a weld expert, but my guys weld looks better than original.
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