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B44 front bulkhead easily broken. Part # 9713

Old 12-18-2009, 08:12 PM
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Default B44 front bulkhead easily broken. Part # 9713

I have gone through 2 front bulk heads in the past month. One was a head on colision that was border line, today was a very light impact that resulted in another broken front bulkhead. Right were the hinge pins go through. Does anyone elses B44 have this Achilles heal?
Does any company make an aluminium one or something? I don't expect these things to be bullit proof, but this is crazy.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:13 PM
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Get an aluminum one Jamie. Everyone's using them bud!
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:30 PM
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I have never broken a single one. Could it be weather? Are you running in quite a cold weather?
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Originally Posted by BBFBCAP
Get an aluminum one Jamie. Everyone's using them bud!
who stocks them Kev?

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I have never broken a single one. Could it be weather? Are you running in quite a cold weather?
it is cold here, but it is an indoor carpet track.
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Call Louie at Big Boys with Cool Toys. He will have them in stock! They are in Mississauga. Tell him I sent ya'.
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never broke one.....nor have I ever seen one break.....interesting.
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I have "lawn darted" both of my B44's a bunch of times, one of them today, and never had a bulkhead break. You must be rough on parts or unlucky. I'm a crap driver and I hit everything!!!
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+1 for not breaking bulkheads. Two seasons on my B44 and still running the same front bulkhead.
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Do you have the brace on it?
You'd have to break that first, and it's steel so I don't see how that's going to happen.
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Yes, I am running the front brace. Upon looking over my ride I notice a notch in the chasis, looks like the hinge pin on that side is sliding back. Maybe it is sliding back far enough to not have enough support from the metal brace. Any ideas why this one side would be doing this and not the other?
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Originally Posted by Jamie James
Yes, I am running the front brace. Upon looking over my ride I notice a notch in the chasis, looks like the hinge pin on that side is sliding back. Maybe it is sliding back far enough to not have enough support from the metal brace. Any ideas why this one side would be doing this and not the other?
AE has since updated the front arms to capture the hinge pin. The only time I have ever broken a front bulkhead was when I was using the old style arms. I have been running the car for 2-1/2 plus years.
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Can you please explain the difference in the newer arms. I'll be heading out today and want to make sure I get the newer arms.
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Jamie, this is definetly your problem. The old arms have bigger holes that let the pin slide back and wear into the chassis. When the pin slides back, this makes the bulkhead very vulnerable to impacts. My buddy went through 3 in a row (1 each run) before we figured this out. The new arms have a smaller hole in the back which keeps the pin from slipping out. It will protect your chassis as well as your bulkheads. Some shops still have the old ones in stock and sell them to unaware customers. Check out your next pair before purchasing... It will solve your problem!

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Can you please explain the difference in the newer arms. I'll be heading out today and want to make sure I get the newer arms.
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The new style arms will come with new hinge pins.
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never broke one.....nor have I ever seen one break.....interesting.
Me either, I dont see how you can, depends on the driver I guess.
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