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Old 12-29-2021, 05:13 AM   #1
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Question Please assess this damage to a rear suspension frame.

I found a 39-foot pusher that seemed to check all the right boxes. I was really excited. Then, I crawled underneath and saw this.

How much of a concern is this damage?
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Old 12-29-2021, 02:27 PM   #2
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We need a little more info.

We need a wider-angle pic with better lighting to show better how and what it secured and how it broke.
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Old 12-29-2021, 02:29 PM   #3
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Hard to tell from your pic.
Can you add light to that and maybe take other pics from different angles?

Treed!

Anything can be fixed. It's the amount of work effort and/or $$ needed to accomplish the task that must be determined...
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Old 12-29-2021, 04:34 PM   #4
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Thank you for the replies.

The frame bears air springs on either side. The photo is of the left side; you can kind of see the air spring resting in the dark up there.

I will take and upload more photos when it's light outside.
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Looks like a jack injury. The bus's weight could cause the frame to deform, if the jack is improperly placed.
Dented one wall of the box beam. If the remaining three sides are flat (no ripple, hump, kink) then not that bad at all.
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Old 01-01-2022, 02:12 PM   #6
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Interesting take, DeMac. Thank you for the insight.

Here are some brighter photos. Do they help?
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Interesting take, DeMac. Thank you for the insight.

Here are some brighter photos. Do they help?
Are you asking about that little dent in the bar?
To me, nothing to worry about.
If it ever does crack, which it probably won’t, just weld it.
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Old 01-01-2022, 05:05 PM   #8
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Thanks for the vote of confidence. It's not a bar, though. It's square tubing--with pretty thick walls, too. It supports the air springs, which in turn support the entire rear of the bus.
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yea not an issue

That bar goes from left to right. each end of the bar/square tube, is resting on the bars that are mounted at the front of the bar to frame of the bus, then go back a bit and are bolted to the axle housing then go farther back and drop down as a pad to carry the weight of the bus on the air bags...

That dent is not an issue. bet you can run that for 500,000 miles and thirty years and never know it.

Yea some numb nuts put a jack under it.... should be lifted by the wheels or the axle housing, but not that tube at all.

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Old 01-02-2022, 10:53 AM   #10
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someone used a bottle jack with a small pad on it. Just look at it when doing service work on the bus. Just watch it for cracking.
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