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TR6 TR6 Trailing Arm Bracket - Crack


Jedi Hopeful
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I posted this on my "home" forum and thought it important enough to share with BCF members:
In the interests of the safety of all TR IRS drivers I thought I'd share this one. I have my trailing arms out for bushing replacement and was doing a general cleanup and repaint of the TA's, shocks and springs before the reinstall. I was going to skip cleaning and painting the trailing arm brackets because they are not visible but they were so grungy I thought, "why not" in the interests of having nice, clean stuff to work with. The left inner, 3-notch bracket was cracked from the bottom of the bracket, through the bottom bolt hole up to the top bolt hole and the crack was right through, front to back. I did not want to weld it so I ordered a new one last night to arrive in a week or two. While it "may not" have caused a catastrophic failure at city speeds it could have gotten interesting if it broke in half on the highway. I would not have noticed this if I had not decided to clean and paint the brackets and all the accumulated grunge completely covered up the damage until I hit it with the wire wheel on my drill. If you rebush your TA's, or have them out for any reason, please inspect the brackets.


Great Pumpkin
Great point Bob. 35-40 year old chassis metal subjected to stress and rust is just that....35-40 year old metal.

Anything is possible and it's always better to do the "while I'm in there" than not to do it.

Tim Tucker

Jedi Trainee
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Same here. Media blasting exposed cracks in both of my inner brackets.



Jedi Trainee
Mine weren't as subtle:


A PO had even tack welded them at some point.


Great Pumpkin
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Had mine blasted then PC'd. Hope they looked them over as this was 10 years ago


Great Pumpkin
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If Richard was a house hold name,as he is now, I would have changed mine too.


Jedi Knight


Great Pumpkin
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I think I talked him into doing that earlier Bobby. He was just going to do 1 hole but hopefully talked him into doing all.
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