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Another Fabtech LBJ Bracket Failure
I haven't posted here in a long time, but I used to frequent this thread.
I had a Fabtech lift in the front. The coils bowed out touching the shocks, and it was too stiff. Fabtech R&D on this one sucked or was non-existent. It was rumored they were aware of many problems with their 6" kit and discontinued it.
I'm tuning back in to report another lower ball joint bracket failure. I used to think this happened only when bashing hard off road. Mine happened on the freeway. The poorly designed kit just puts too much stress on the factory part. Over time this fatigue caused the LBJ bracket to snap with a moderately firm brake applied at highway speeds. My fender and firewall caught the tire and locked it up fairly straight. That tire immediately went into a skid and smoke billowed everywhere. Thankfully I was in the slow lane and was able to steer (with the other tire) to the wide shoulder to safety. I'm glad I did not hit anyone or get hit.
Drive carefully guys, and get spares if you offroad and think this is something you can fix in the field.
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