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Cracking Frame? Steering box

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BigBurban350, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. BigBurban350

    BigBurban350 1/2 ton status

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    Has anybody had any problems with the frame cracking at the steering box? If so, were you running a lift w/ large tires? /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
  2. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    This is a very common problem on these 4x4 trucks, stock or lifted.
    There are many different aftermarket fixes. A weld-on plate, or my favorite the ORD steering brace with ties the back two bolts of the gear box to the center section.
    http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/steeringkit.htm

    BlazerMan
     
  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    The best solution is to run both the weld on plate/repair kit and the ORD steering brace.

    Rene
     
  4. Seventy4Blazer

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    if you do any work on the frame yourself make sure you stitch weld it if you weld it.
    the idiots that owned the wifes jimmy before i did welded the he!! out of the frame and caused it to crack even worse.
    Grant
     
  5. bigmack

    bigmack 1/2 ton status

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    Don't wait to repair it, it will only get worse. When I noticed mine the frame was split all the way up the bottom and the side. I took a piece of 1/2" plate steel and cut it to fit, welded the frame back, bolted the plate in, and drilled a couple of holes thru the frame and plate so I could add some grade 8 bolts. So now I have the 4 bolts that hold the steering box to the frame, 2 3/8 bolts, and a couple of spot welds holding the plate in place. It's one of the few things that I can say I will never have a problem with again /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif.
     

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