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rsgs

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Posted: 05/20/19 06:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone have an upper (attached to frame) shock mount on a Lippert frame fail? Brought the rig home from storage yesterday. Turned onto my street and drove over the bombed out crater surface and felt something funny at one point only to get to my house and find out I had a flat. Got the rig in the drive and after removing the tire, discovered that the upper mount had come off and cut into the side wall of the tire until it went flat. On inspection, I can't see any evidence of the mount ever having been welded to the frame. In addition, both surfaces (the bottom of the frame and the top of the mount) were rusty. Now I worried about the remaining shock mounts. If anyone had this experience, I would appreciate any shared experience and what you did about it.

I've seen some ads for the new equalizers and on the videos they show the frame/axles don't have any shocks. Could this be used to replace the shocks?


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Posted: 05/20/19 07:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would have a welder come to your house a reweld the upper shock mounts and see if he could even and a tab to give it a little extra strength, just look in your phone book or google it looking for a local welder....enjoy your summer...and yes it happened to my Cedar Creek many years ago, but I welded it myself.. also for got I would replace that shock in case the shock is damaged,


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Thank you for your response. I have all the metal tools I need to do the repair (welder, torch, steel chop saw, etc.). I was curious how others handled the same situation.

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I wouldn't worry about it and being you have a welder just weld it up. As long as you're doing the one check the others out and reweld them if you think it's necessary





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rsgs wrote:

Anyone have an upper (attached to frame) shock mount on a Lippert frame fail? Brought the rig home from storage yesterday. Turned onto my street and drove over the bombed out crater surface and felt something funny at one point only to get to my house and find out I had a flat. Got the rig in the drive and after removing the tire, discovered that the upper mount had come off and cut into the side wall of the tire until it went flat. On inspection, I can't see any evidence of the mount ever having been welded to the frame. In addition, both surfaces (the bottom of the frame and the top of the mount) were rusty. Now I worried about the remaining shock mounts. If anyone had this experience, I would appreciate any shared experience and what you did about it.

I've seen some ads for the new equalizers and on the videos they show the frame/axles don't have any shocks. Could this be used to replace the shocks?


Welds fail on an LCI frame?! Shocker.......NOT! First I've heard of that particular failure in the nearly 15 years of reading here, and elsewhere, though. FWIW, weld it up and check all the other shock mount welds.

Adding a shock-dampening equalizer doesn't, IMO, alleviate the use of shocks. Just depends of if the mfr wants to spend the extra $100 to actually mount a set. My KZ has a MorRyde equalizer, but didn't come with shocks and there've been times that I wish it =did= have them. My old Komfort had a standard equalizer, and had shocks, though they weren't all that effective due to their lousy geometry.

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Posted: 05/20/19 09:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just take them all off. I bet you won't notice any difference.

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