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.
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.
2011 Silverback 29RE
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