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post #1 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Broken rear shock bracket!!

Anyone ever had any problems with the RCX rear shock relocating brackets? After a trip a few weeks ago I heard some squeeking under my Jeep and decided to check it out. Apparently I put too much stress on the rear shocks and it broke the factory shock brackets. Does anyone make replacement shock mounts I could weld on to the 44a? I need to replace both of em as both are broken.

This pic I stole from 4Wheeler, but my bracket is cracked off on the left side. Just to give you an idea.



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post #2 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 09:14 PM
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Well, it's 1/3 the thickness of the OEM shock bracket and in a single-shear application. What do you expect?
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why relocate the shock? It works fine in its factory mount and I agree with above you are going from a double sheer to a single sheer plus you are putting forces on the factory bracket from a spot and angle it was never intended to have put on it.

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why relocate the shock? It works fine in its factory mount and I agree with above you are going from a double sheer to a single sheer plus you are putting forces on the factory bracket from a spot and angle it was never intended to have put on it.
The made the relocation kit so wider tires don't rub, I too got this in my kit. But havnt installed them cause they do seem pretty cheap. Couldn't u just run more backspacing?
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Cant you just weld the existing bracket?
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The made the relocation kit so wider tires don't rub, I too got this in my kit. But havnt installed them cause they do seem pretty cheap. Couldn't u just run more backspacing?
LESS backspacing
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LESS backspacing
Oops, I meant less!
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Im confused. Did the RCX bracket break, or did the original shock mount break? You are asking if there are other brackets you can weld to a 44a. Why? If the RCX bracket broke, just mount the shock in the original mount.

I never had a problem with my RCX brackets. Ran them pretty damn hard over a year.

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RCX BRACKET IS JUNK! its not correctly applying the forces. especially with a small bolt...

i had this on my wj and had to fix the problem 8 times. The last of which it broke going down the highway!
got back from out of state went to a buddies shop, cut off ALL the welding we had done made new brackets, and drilled for 1/2" grade 8 bolt. Guess what, no problems after that..

I contacted RC and simply got well we need a picture to see what happened, and was were you driving recklessly? their customer service is horrible, before i even explained how it broke off they were blaming it on me and my wife's driving. Going straight down the highway with very few curves or anything and it breaks? I think its a horrible design.


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RCX BRACKET IS JUNK! its not correctly applying the forces. especially with a small bolt...

i had this on my wj and had to fix the problem 8 times. The last of which it broke going down the highway!
got back from out of state went to a buddies shop, cut off ALL the welding we had done made new brackets, and drilled for 1/2" grade 8 bolt. Guess what, no problems after that..

I contacted RC and simply got well we need a picture to see what happened, and was were you driving recklessly? their customer service is horrible, before i even explained how it broke off they were blaming it on me and my wife's driving. Going straight down the highway with very few curves or anything and it breaks? I think its a horrible design.


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So your welds failed and you blamed RC for that? I guarantee had you called them after the first time they broke, they would have replaced them. But since you started doing your own thing to them, that IS your problem. I havent had to deal with there customer service very often because Ive never had a problem with their products, but when I have, they have been extremely helpful.

Like I said, I rode mine hard for over a year, even jumped it a couple times (accidentally, of course ) bent my axle, but all my RC parts held up great. How the hell are you breaking parts by driving on a smooth road in a straight line? I think you are not telling the whole story...

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So your welds failed and you blamed RC for that? I guarantee had you called them after the first time they broke, they would have replaced them. But since you started doing your own thing to them, that IS your problem. I havent had to deal with there customer service very often because Ive never had a problem with their products, but when I have, they have been extremely helpful.

Like I said, I rode mine hard for over a year, even jumped it a couple times (accidentally, of course ) bent my axle, but all my RC parts held up great. How the hell are you breaking parts by driving on a smooth road in a straight line? I think you are not telling the whole story...
No i called them the first time they had broke, left side went first, then the right side broke the actuall shock mount. braced it up thoroughly on the right side that broke the actuall shock mount.

They wanted detailed pictures when the first time it happened. Explanation of why it happened. And such, first time it happened, my pregnant wife was driving, and she didnt know what happened. Maybe its luck of the draw, idk, but i will not be using their products, to each his own right?


And honestly i dont think the bracket should be used, and if it is, with a larger diamater bolt. As it does put extra stress on the mounts.

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It was the stock axle bracket that broke, not the RC bracket. I knew it looked like a ****ty design from day 1, but stupid me figured it must be ok so I threw them on. Oh well, live and learn and I'm probably going to have a buddy help me with cutting them off and welding new brackets on. They'll be much stronger and I wont have to worry about it. And I have wheel spacers, but just felt like installing the kit the way it was supposed to be installed because it's just how I like to do things. Oh well, **** happens, I messed up. I'm glad i'm not the only one who has had problems with them.

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get monotube shocks next, they are thinner and less chance of rubbing.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-05-2011, 05:51 PM
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Mine sheared off as well with daily driving. The combination of really stiff RC shocks and locating the shock outside of the original bracket is a recipe for trouble. I welded new 1/4'' steel brackets and moved them toward the center of the axle about an inch and a half. No flex/rub danger & the shock is back INSIDE the shock bracket where it's supposed to be. New bilsteins are on the way too.
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