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Old 05-05-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Rusted BAL stabilizers

I am a newbie to the forums and a newbie to airstreams. I recently bought a 2006 25 FB Safari LS. The old service stickers are from Michigan and that probably explains the rust we have. One of the BAL C jacks was bent and would not fully retract. In the process of removing the frozen rusted remnants of the bolts, 90% of them are broken off. From my search of old forums it appears that several years had problems with these broken bolts.
1. Is it advisable to replace these BAL Jacks with one size larger or smaller in order to by pass the broken bolt sites on the frame? I am trying to avoid drilling out and re tapping 12- 16 holes.
2. Which arm of the jack is the measurement for 22" or 24" designation? Is it the length os the surface attached to the frame? In mycase that is 22", or is it the length of the leg itself from hinge to hinge?
3. When searching online, I find some BAL 'C-Jacks" but they don't have the extended long bolt that my originals have. Is there a better source for these with longer drive bolts?

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Old 05-05-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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The ones with the long bolt are only used on Airstreams. So that limits you to AS suppliers. I just bought a set of 4 from my local AS dealer. They are heavy and cost lots to ship.

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Old 05-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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Not sure how to deal with the broken bolts. Mine came off easily. They will clean up nicely. Take them off, wire brush ( sandblast is even better) and prime them and paint them. I put them back on using a rubber insulator between the steel and aluminum. Take them apart, straighten any bent arms. Get some new teflon locking nuts and you're good to go back together. Just like new
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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Drilled, and used an easy-out on many of mine...along with a bit of my favorite penetrating oil. Got all but 3 out. replaced with stainless. See here:

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