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TR6 TR6 Trailing Arm Bracket - Crack

TR6BobNF

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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.
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Brosky

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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

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

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Mine weren't as subtle:

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A PO had even tack welded them at some point.
 

DNK

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

DNK

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

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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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