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Old 01-21-2014, 06:31 AM
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LCA Bracket Bent - what now?

Already posted in generaly dicussion - occurs to me it ought to be in the Tech section, perhaps. Thread has one pic in it, thus the link.

So, took a hard shot to the LCA bracket which bent the bracket inward (relative the LCA). I want to fit up a set of Rancho CA Brackets, but cannot due to the deformation of the stock bracket.

Looking for the best way to get the stock bracket back to something resembling normal.

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:41 AM   #2
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I'd say bend it back. It shouldn't be too hard with a big crescent wrench or even a pry bar. If you're not big on that idea, I'd say this is a great excuse for a long travel lift kit.

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This ^ try heat if that doesn't help.

Let is know how the Rancho brackets work out.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:16 PM   #4
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I would definitely use heat to reduce the chance of weakening the bracket but be careful with nearby fuel.

If you had geometry correction brackets installed at the time, I can see all the nay sayers popping out of the work blaming those brackets.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:51 PM
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Thanks - I had a feeling the answer would be "bend it," but I figured someone in this group might have something more novel up their sleeve.

I'll say this - if the brackets were installed at the time, there'd be no question whether or not they hold up - I'd know for sure with the pictures to go with it. To be honest, I wish it had worked out that way.

Anyone know what the standard heat treatment is on the stock bracket? I figured I'll be well away from the weld and not working with a ton of heat (i.e. a torch), this is more an academic question.

I'm guessing it was never intended to be super stout.
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