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Old 06-30-2010, 10:29 PM   #11
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Re: Check your U-bolts!!!!!

My '91 Thomas has zero u-bolts. The body is clamped to the frame with clips inside of the frame rails. Look at your again and see if you have them. In this picture of the box my 50amp cord rides in, you can see the clamps right at the top of the box.

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Old 07-01-2010, 05:39 AM   #12
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Re: Check your U-bolts!!!!!

Yikes Will!!! That looks a bit scary to me. I'd need to know how thick and effective those clamps are. I'm curious to know how thick they are whenever you get a chance.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:24 PM   #13
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Re: Check your U-bolts!!!!!

Check your rear axle U bolts too I drove quite a while with a broken one, I kept hearing a clunk when braking hard and could never pin point it until one day I noticed the U bolt broke, a local axle shop made me up 2 news ones I installed the one and kept the other as a spare, spring guy said they break all the time.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:09 PM   #14
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Re: Check your U-bolts!!!!!

working on the conversion shortly after getting my '91 bluebird, over a period of about a week we would hear these loud bangs. sure enough, it turned out to be the 4 front u bolts. all broke in the same place. a couple of months ago, parked in a buddies driveway overnight, the same bang. this time we knew what it was and got a new ubolt on b4 the rest went again. cut the old one off with a grinder. lucky it's a cheap fix.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:47 PM   #15
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Re: Check your U-bolts!!!!!

I don't know if it is a U bolt but we have been riding without something on our axel for 2 years now. Mechanics tell me it is $20 to replace and helps the body not slam down on the axel when hitting bumps. Wondering if this is it...
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:59 PM   #16
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Re: Check your U-bolts!!!!!

its called a bump stop.
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