There's a crack in the GU

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 10:59
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Well it's only a minor one but will no doubt lead to bigger probs along the GBH in 4 weeks if I don't do something about it now.

The bolt in aux. battery tray, top holding bolt, has started a hairline crack in the inner guard attachment point, at the bracket.

I'm about to pull out the wheel arch liners to have a look from underneath and visualise having to fit a bigger washer/spreader to ease the weight on the affected area.

If you have experienced this prob and have fixed it, you might like to share your wisdom with me. Any thoughts ?

Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Glenn G (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:42

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:42
Cocka

My GU has a similar cracks just forward (150mm) of the gas struts that hold up the bonnet.same crack both sides ,the crack is about 100mm long ! mine does not have aux battrey yet so must just be flex/stress fracture ? considering that this car has mostly been on the black top b4 i purchased it !

Cheers
Giffo
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:08

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:08
All fixed. Took out the wheel arch trims, removed the section of snorkle intake to gain access to higher up, found reasonable amount of space to fit a broad plate/washer. Had some heavy 12x20 angle aluminium so drilled & fitted a piece about 100mm long. Perfect.

I'm surprised the tray caused a crack as it's pretty well braced underneath in 4 places. Maybe I'm not treating my wagon with enough respect but geez I'm having fun.
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Reply By: Member - Phillip S (WA) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:52

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:52
What I did with mine is not only rely on the standard anchor points but knowing that there would be a lot of flexing and stress with the weight of the battery as the vehicle rocks forword, back and sideways, I looked for more ways to secure it...ie firewall or side, etc....I doubled up and so far have had no trouble...not only is the battery holder fixed and firm, but the battery also is fixed and firm.....with the use of fixing and packing I wanted nothing to move.....a building is only as good as it's foundation....that fixing point may be a weakness.....look for a another one or two
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:11

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:11
Thanks. See my "all fixed" post if u want.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:12

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:12
Thanks. See my "all fixed" post if u want.
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Reply By: Member - Fred L (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 14:35

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 14:35
Had the same problem. Put in bigger bolts with larger washers to increase the area to which it is secured plus some extra padding. Everything is now firm. Been like that for about 9 months and still looks pretty solid.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:13

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:13
Thanks. See my "all fixed" post if u want.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 15:29

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 15:29
If you aren't going to repair the crack, drill a very small hole at the end of it, this will help to terminate it.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:30

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:30
My battery bracket is home-made, but I anticipated this problem and put a 500mm length of 5x25mm flat iron inside the wheel arch, with threaded holes to take the metal thread screws holding the top brackets to the wheel arch. Never given a moment's trouble.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 00:20

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 00:20
In hindsight I can see what you did was ideal. Sounds like you might be in the 'trade'.
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 03:10

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 03:10
Nah, just believe in overkill!
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Reply By: 96 GXL 80 series - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 19:26

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 19:26
find the start of the crack and put a navel there, that will stop it going further
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 14:10

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 14:10
BUGGA! from Birdsville. Got here yesterday, be here the rest of the year. Hope you are both well - we are, darned sight better than the last time you saw me.
Hope your trip goes really well, travel safely as always. Ruth
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:53

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:53
Nice to know your 'out there' Ruth.
Heading over to fish the west coast in 4 weeks. Nothing like catching big spanish macks from the rocks.
Glad to hear you've got a smile on the dial again, I could feel your pain last time we were there. Hope it's a good year for all of you at the end of the track and I'll see if we can swing down that way on the way back from WA, be nice to have a coldie 'round the camp fire.
Pen says G'day.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:22

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:22
Thanks Cocka - getting good use out of the arm now just as well because it's the one that holds the fishing rod! Only cost $11K to fix - don't believe it when they tell you the Dying Flocketer will get you either!
Hope you get lots of Spanish - and hope we'll see you later in the year. Pen still working to keep you in expensive hobbies. LOL LOL.
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