Substantially weld free frame bracket assembly

  • US 6,073,947 A
  • Filed: 06/24/1998
  • Issued: 06/13/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/31/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A substantially weld free frame bracket for connecting a wheel-bearing axle suspension system to a frame member of a vehicle, said frame bracket comprising:

  • an elongated plate member having a first end for connection to said frame member of said vehicle and a second end opposite said first end;

    a generally U-shaped cradle member including a pair of downwardly extending leg portions spaced laterally from each other and a laterally extending portion abridging the space between and connecting said spaced pair of leg portions one to the other; and

    an attachment connecting said cradle member to said elongated plate member, said attachment being located proximal said second end of said elongated plate member;

    wherein said elongated plate member and each of said pair of downwardly extending leg portions of said cradle include at least one orifice therein, each of said orifices being aligned with respect to the others and of a sufficient size to retain a thru-bolt therein, andwherein said attachment includes at least one bolt extending through said aligned orifices in said elongated plate member and said pair of downwardly extending leg portions of said cradle.

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