Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Marengo, Iowa
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It isn't so much the weight, but the torque. When the starter is doing it's job, it torques upward, and that bracket is there to keep it from nosing up like that. Without the bracket to stabilize, the rear of the starter moves down away from the flywheel, breaking bolts, starters, flywheel teeth, all that kind of fun stuff.
The workhorse: 86 F250 6.9 4 speed 4wd 4.10 gears, electric fuel pump
The other workhorse: 92 F350 2wd crew cab, 92 6BT Cummins, NV4500 and GV overdrive unit, 4.10 rear axle