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Hmmm... really? That just made me VERY happy if it's true. LOL I had visions of having to tear everything down again. It just doesn't look like there's room to get the front bolt loosened and removed. I'll take your word for it though... if not I'm expecting you to hop in your truck and drive up here and do it for me.. haha
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Shane, mine's like the picture you posted. The reinforcements are the same thickness as the plate and are actually welded, not just tacked. I didn't buy my Superlift new so I guess I got one of the pre-bankruptcy kits if that's when they started cutting corners.

By the way, I haven't forgotten about the pictures you wanted. I just haven't had the camera out and crawled under my truck at the same time. I will get them for you though.
No worries at all. Like I said, not anytime soon will I be doing it. lol.

I didn't realize you got your kit used. lol. We need to get Scramber/Sandy in here. He waited like 2 or 3 months for his kit to finally arrive. I think his is a post-bankruptcy kit.
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Thanks guys! When do you guys think the whole bankruptcy thing went down? According to the guy I bought it from, this kit is 2-3 years old.
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Within the last year is when they filed. I'm just dumbfounded on why your triangle bracket is the way it is.


Also...I'll shoot a PM to liftkitranger. He ordered his new recently too.
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When I get it pulled out, hopefully tomorrow night I'll take some more pics for you guys. I'm just wishing I did something about it before I put it in. I did see that it was only tacked in a couple places but I didn't think anything of it... I thought it was supposed to be like that to have a bit of movement to absorb vibrations... oops. lol
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I just recieved a PM from Shane, and I just got back inside from checking it out under my Ranger. Adam, where your bracket seperated, from the circular part where the bolt goes up through, Mine is fully welded, not just tacked. And on the vertical support gusset, as well as the horizontal gusset, they are NOT fully welded, but have two or three 2-2.5 inch welds on each one of them. My lift is less than 6 months old.
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That just sucks! Hope you get everything worked out.
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Okay thanks! Mine must just be a fabrication issue. I wonder if someone started building the bracket, tacked it into place and then got sidetracked and didn't finish it or something. You'd think they'd have to pass thru some sort of a checkover thing, or whoever packs the boxes up would notice something... I understand it's pretty much impossible to catch everything!
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So Craig, yours does have two pieces of 1/4 or 5/16" as reinforcement? Thanks for responding man.

Adam...when you pull it out and weld it back together, would you mind posting some pics of the bracket like the pic I posted? Just to make sure it's just that one piece of reinforcement. I'd still try to get a replacement piece from Superlift...it could very well be exactly like mine, KLC's, Craig's, etc... I do agree with you though, I think it's a sidetracked issue and it got past qc.
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So Craig, yours does have two pieces of 1/4 or 5/16" as reinforcement? Thanks for responding man.

Adam...when you pull it out and weld it back together, would you mind posting some pics of the bracket like the pic I posted? Just to make sure it's just that one piece of reinforcement. I'd still try to get a replacement piece from Superlift...it could very well be exactly like mine, KLC's, Craig's, etc... I do agree with you though, I think it's a sidetracked issue and it got past qc.
Shane, Yes, It does have two pieces for support gussets.
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Glad to see my pics used as a reference, thanks shane!

I know it's common with RCD, but never with the superlift... Weird...
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Only difference is that this is the first superlift to do anything like that..... RCD has SEVERAL failures of that part due to absolutely no reinforcement...

Different location, but same diff. lol.
Is this part the topic, if so the piece on my truck/lift is fully welded and reinforced in the middle of the weak area.
I would have to take a pic to show you but I remember having the same picture printed out just to make sure I reenforced it before installing BUT the part came all done, NICE , thank you SuperLift !

Now what is this talk aobut SL going out of business ? WTF ! or is this another topic ?
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It is that piece, but the pic in your post is the RCD one. The one I have is the Superlift one which was braced like yours.... just not welded completely. lol
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Adam...when you pull it out and weld it back together, would you mind posting some pics of the bracket like the pic I posted? Just to make sure it's just that one piece of reinforcement. I'd still try to get a replacement piece from Superlift...it could very well be exactly like mine, KLC's, Craig's, etc... I do agree with you though, I think it's a sidetracked issue and it got past qc.
Yep I'll post pics. But it does have the same 2 pieces of reinforcement... the right-angled one and the shorter straight one beside it if that's the ones you're talking about. The only difference between what mine looks like and the one you posted is the welds.
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Well I got the bracket removed. There is VERY little room in there to get it out! I'm uploading pics to photobucket as I type this, they'll be up shortly.
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So there was only two tack welds on the whole thing, lol. Why in the hell did I put this thing on in the first place! Oh well... I'm just glad it happened at home and not somewhere else... the damage could have been a lot worse!

Here is tack weld #1:



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And a few more pics of it are below. This was definitely just a manufacturing defect as in whoever made it didn't finish it! It has nothing to do with the way the bracket is actually designed.









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Yeah, I'd be making superlift pay for that all ways. That definitely made it past quality control, cuz I've been apart of 3 superlift installs and never seen one look like that.
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I've already got the repair done... this ma' ****er isn't going anywhere! lol
I have a welder here but I took it to my father-in-law's buddy's welding shop. A case of beer later and this is what we ended up with.





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Oh, and I called Superlift this morning. They're sending me another bracket no questions asked. I think I'm going to leave this one on now anyways as I think it's even stronger than the one they're going to send!
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Nice weld job.
I will have to take another look at mine… just in case !

thanks for the info.
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that's nuts that is made it into the kit that way, glad you got it worked out
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that weld is hella undercut. looks like he went to fast on the pass... if he was having to go that fast he shoulda turned the heat down a smidge. not saying it hurt that bracket or it will never break, but ga' damn....sorry im a critic there... glad you got it resolved i woulda been flamed.
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Looks good Adam. Yeah...that first pic you posted of it on the ground, the shadows TOTALLY made it look like it was lacking all the reinforcements! lol....glad to see they didn't pull a ford and cheapen the hell out of the product! lol.
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That is pretty scary that something like that actually got put on the shelf. i am doing to take a peek at mine tonight to make sure its fully welded.
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Yeah, wouldn't hurt to check it. I doubt it's a very common thing. I'm just very happy it was this piece and not one of the crossmembers or something more important!
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My replacement bracket showed up today... welded MUCH better than the first one!

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