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Old 07-10-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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Did you install the aluminum brackets?

After being towed to the factory with a broken fly wheel, Airstream gave me a set of brackets to have installed that will presumably reduce the tension on the flex plate/fly wheel. I have asked AS for a service bulletin or other document detailing installation so I can take that to my truck shop to have the brackets installed--the truck shop asked for it, saying it would save them time and me money if they don't have to fake it. I'm assuming this "fix" has been around for a couple of decades but the POs of Silvie were not aware of it--thus my broken fly wheel and torque converter.

Has anyone had these installed? I assume it would only apply to the diesel conversion vehicles and possibly only to the 1982 and 1983 vehicles unless it took longer than that to discover that more modifications were necessary for the diesel conversion.

They are pretty big, maybe 8 inches across, sort of triangular and pretty heavy. They do not have any holes in them yet, they are solid aluminum (or some metal that looks like aluminum). I can post a picture if that helps.

If you have them installed, do you have pictures of their placement? Did you work off a service bulletin issued by AS or did you fake it? I'd like to get this done before any future trips so we can preserve our shiny new fly wheel and torque converter.

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Audrey,

Please post a picture or two so we can see what you're referring too.

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Old 07-11-2009, 12:08 PM   #3
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Here are the pictures

Here are the pictures of the brackets. AS still has not gotten back to me. As soon as I can get a schematic, I will have them installed.
The keys are in the picture to give a size comparison. Each bracket has the part number on it and a LH or RH designation.
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Hmmm. I've had to replace my flywheel in the past (warped) and would be curious what those were for and why. Please be sure to share if you get any info from A/S on this or a service bulletin of any sort.

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Radio silence from AS factory for now

But I have had confirmation that they are bell housing supports if that helps you at all. That came from the transmission repair guy who found them in my motorhome when he had it in for the fly wheel replacement.
I will be taking Silvie in to the truck shop next week with or without service bulletins to have them installed. I'll let you know what they say.
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