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Old 02-29-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Flexco Steps on 12 8528RKSW

Flexco steps use 8 Aluminum pop rivets as pivots on our new 5ver. I drilled them out and replaced them with 5/16" grade 5 bolts with locknuts and added a thin flat washer between the step pivot and frame on all steps. Also added an angle iron brace from the step frame(front) to the frame and one from the step frame(rear) to the frame crossmember for the axles. Can't believe anyone with any common sense would use alum pop rivets as pivots for steps. FR really dropped the ball on that one. I will eventually replace the bolts with steel bushings and bronze sleeves to get a more precise fit on the pivots. The addition of the braces sure took a lot of the bounce out of the steps.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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We have Flexco steps on our Silverback, my first impression was cheap and flemsy. When I lifted the steps to leave the dealer, I told my wife I did not like the cheesie feeling steps. I would be willing to leave a couple of rolls to toilet paper at home, if needed, to free up weight for better steps.
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:14 PM   #3
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I had the same problem but, I called Flexco direct in Elkhart and they now have a retro kit that they will give you free to take care of that problem.

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Old 10-08-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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I had the same problem but, I called Flexco direct in Elkhart and they now have a retro kit that they will give you free to take care of that problem.

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  • P.O. Box 1582
    2415 Bryant Street
    Elkhart, IN 46515-1582
  • Phone: 574.294.2502
  • Fax: 574.294.1734
  • Email: info@flexcoproducts.com


What issues does the retrofit kit help with? The flexing issue or the aluminum pop rivets?
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:18 PM   #5
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One of my pop rivets let loose. Whipped down to TSC and replaced all with 5/16 bolts. I feel better.
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Old 10-21-2014, 02:14 PM   #6
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They allow you to replace the cheap pop rivets with ss nuts and bolts.
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