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Old 05-24-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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Stiffeners for leaf spring hanger brackets

This weekend, we added stiffeners to the hanger brackets. My good friend Keith Brownlee did the welding, while I did the grunt work. Here is a link to the process, shown for one and repeated for all four.

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This design is inspired by others who have done this already - sailer (!) in particular, who showed me the real deal under his trailer at the 2009 Goshen rally.
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Old 05-24-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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Nice job!
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:42 PM   #3
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Nicely done!!!!!!
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:00 AM   #4
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Dave, did you have shackle problems earlier and this is why you made the addition or was it a preventative decision?
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The short answer is - preventative.
The longer answer is: at the 2009 Goshen Rally, our neighbour two sites over pulled in with the hanger bracket broken off at the I-beam. Lucky for them, Lippert took them in and made everything nice. I also read on the MOC about similar events - in particular, somebody who went to Alaska and broke the hangers. Since our shackles, which we replaced last fall with Dave McNair's help, already had ovalled holes after only one year of operation, I figured preventative action on the hangers was worthwhile.
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Now all I have to do is talk Ozz into coming over and doing the same to mine
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Dave, c'mon up to Canada and maybe I can talk Keith into repeating his work! Of course, you'd be stuck with me as the grinder boy.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:56 PM   #8
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nice job. thanks for the pictures. something i want to do this fall.
did you melt the grease out of the hanger bolt? what thickness flat bar did you use?
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:16 PM   #9
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The grease did soften and run. There's still some there. It's on my list to re-load! The stock is 1/4". The challenging parts (for Keith) were: wearing his welding helmet under the trailer; the helmet getting flipped up and the window turning transparent (he has a hi-tech self-adjusting helmet). The welding involves "verticals" and "overheads", usually not a problem for him, but made difficult by lying under the trailer. It would have been easier for him had we jacked up the trailer, but the DW would have been unimpressed, since she was reading her book inside...
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