Support Bracket also called Export Braces
When I upgraded to the 5.0 I had to remove fender braces.
This is what I did to replace them. Remember I'm on a budget ,
("5.0 on a shoe String web site") so I started looking at what was
on line what I found wasn't to appealing for my budget. Here is what I
found . Cost from $126.00 plus shipping to $165.00 plus shipping. The
picture below is well engineered well worth the money .
If you got the money go for it . You can make these out of
pipe flatten out and drilled . Probably under twenty dollars.
What I used was clevis rods I found on internet USA made . Less
than $8.00 apiece , and the clevis ends with bearing for $4.00 a piece. For a
total of $32.00 plus shipping I got them.
Size I used , was 13" long 7/8" ID. 7/16 x 24 thread left and right thread.
Next problem clevis brackets
I had looked for several days found some at a speed shop
cost $22.00 I need four of them, plus they need to be ordered and a another
shipping cost. Ok tried hardware store no luck . Looked in parts store remember
I work in one . Found the perfect thing a heavy duty universal tail pipe hanger
PT. # 17175 . Less than $3.00 apiece. You have to knock out two rivets and open
two holes up. These part looks just like the $22.00 part. I can't believe it.
Don't worry about mounting the clevis bracket to the shock tower. You will need
to make two brackets . I use 1/4" aluminum 6061 plate to make my bracket.
The cost of the aluminum was total of $6.00 scrap aluminum place.
You will also half to replace shock tower bolts they are called Carriage Bolts ,
they are 3/4" long you will need 1 inch to 1 1/4" long. You will need to grind
the heads down to clear the mounting area. (note use flat bladed screw driver
and hammer to reinstall them) .
Here is the final piece .
Here is a couple pictures.
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