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home made steering box brace and/or repair , have you done it?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by four_by_ken, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone make a home made brace and/or repair using a section of frame off another vehicle and welding it in. I am thinking about it and want to get some information about it. I know a guy or two that have done it, but have not had a chance to ask them yet.

    Ken H.


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    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by four_by_ken on 12/19/01 02:58 PM.</FONT></P>
     
  2. Grim-Reaper

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    Re: home made steering box brace, have you done it?

    Sounds like you have a mis conception of what the brace is. What you have described as a frame repair not a brace.
    The brace goes off the back side of the frame tattaching with 3 of the 4 bolts that hold the steering box on. It then joins the front crossmember about mid way (where the hole is off by it's self). THis tirangulates the frame and transfers some of the load onto the cross member reducing the stress on tha frame. I looked at making one. A machinest could do it but understand it has some complex bends to make it fit. For the price of the ORD product it's not worth the time. The ORD brace is top notch quality and that first run up your street and around the corner you will notice an improvment.


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    Re: home made steering box brace, have you done it?

    $100 it's worth a couple hours to figure it out. I made mine, only the front one haven't put the back one together yet have the pieces just not the time for that project. The front is basicly same as ORD but this site says to remove the small corner brace, I elongated the holes and put it back in the truck. If I ever get a digital camara I'll show pic's

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    Re: home made steering box brace, have you done it?

    Your right, I just mistyped. I will change it. :-)

    Ken H.


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    Buy the ORD brace.....you will notice a difference as soon as you put it on! The best investment I've made [​IMG]


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    I've heard of "fishplating" which is where you basically weld a plate on the back of the frame, basically boxing it. After Xmas and my LockRighted 12 bolt I'm buying a frame brace.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
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