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Octaneforce

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Posted: 10/09/20 02:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 1993 class a p30 coach with rear disc brakes is at a shop for an alignment at the moment. They called me and said it needed a drag link because it has alot of play. I said no problem just fix it. They called me back a few hours later saying 2 alarming things;

1: Apparently these drag links on the p30s of this era vary in lengths, and the one they are providing is a cut and weld part. So i guess it comes really big, and then they chop and weld it to the proper size? I cant find any info on something like that. Supersteer offers 2 drag links for the p30 and they do specify that after 1991 there was some confusing changes. But nothing about cutting and welding stuff.

2: they also told me that whoever worked on this front end in the past used all the wrong tie rods (possibly ones from a regular pickup) and that they arent long enough to align it because there wont be enough threads to grab the adjuster sleeves. So now its getting new tie rods.

So is this cut and weld drag link really a thing? How many drag link options were there for these rigs?


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Posted: 10/09/20 03:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Call these people. They will have the answer and the parts.
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Posted: 10/09/20 04:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No, cutting and welding is not a thing.
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Posted: 10/09/20 05:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I sure don't want to drive my RV with a drag link that Bubba cut and welded to fit-maybe. I am near 80 and at one time was part owner of a shop that worked on those things and I never heard of such nonsense.

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Posted: 10/10/20 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cut and weld the drag link. All the tie rods are incorrect? My first thought when I read that is you need to find a different shop. They are looking at the wrong parts diagram or something.


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Unless you are part of a race/design team with an on staff metallurgist who can properly heat treat your modified suspension/steering parts, the general rule is: "use them as they come out of the box." If they don't fit or look right, . . . . . get a different box. Chances are the right parts are available, but, because of the age of your vehicle, you may have to search for a while to find them.

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Posted: 10/10/20 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well. From Shop Class. I know that a properly done weld is often the strongest part of the rod... I also know an IMPROPERLY Done weld is.... NOT.
(Fact A welding test I took you welded two pieces of metal together then broke the weld apart to see how good you'd done... Neither I nor the Instructor could break my weld)

But for that part I'd want the weld done by a certified Aircraft Welder and X-Rayed for safety to insure it was properly done. The Shop may have the Certified technician. but I'd be real surprised if they even know where to get a joint x-rayed.


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Posted: 10/10/20 05:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The after-market one that was installed on my rig allowed for some adjustment during alignment. Rigid welded one will not do this.

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Hey everyone, i emailed the supersteer and suspension website to the service manager that ive been dealing with and he agreed that a cut and weld is wrong. He asked me to order the 93+ drag link from supersteer so i had it sent directly to the shop.

This particular shop is really popular with rv repair in my area. Im not sure why they got frazzled with this part. Im going to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to a brain fart. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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Posted: 10/19/20 05:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I got my rig back today. It got the new supersteer drag link, new moog tie rods, and an alignment. It drives about as good as a p30 ever will. I am satisfied. Hopefully i get atleast a few trips out of this repair.

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