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Hydraulic assisted steering question.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1976Blazer76, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. 1976Blazer76

    1976Blazer76 1/2 ton status

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    Got my Dana 60 with hydraulic assist steering. Im gonna bump my tie rod up to highsteer and wanted to know if anyone has a good picture or website to show me a good strong bracket to move the Ram up with it.
     
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    Well I've got my behind-the-axle high steer stuff %75 built, there will be plenty of good pics of it when I'm finished.

    It almost sounds like you're just looking for a place to buy the bracket though. Usually with something like this, every truck differs a little bit, and people just make there own. Seems like there's too many variations of the install when you go with high steer, almost every installation requires a one-off bracket. I'll be going from my driver's side spring plate to my tie rod though, if that helps.
     
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    No, I did plan on fabbing it myself, that isn't a problem. I was looking at putting it on the drivers side spring plate also, so are you going to build yourself a bracket that just bolts up with your U-bolts?
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Here's what I did....
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    Works pretty slick....and totally protects the ram from damage.

    A few more pics are in my gallery link.


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    Awesome! thanks for the pictures that helps me out a ton. I really appreciate it. Looks like a great setup. So the ram mount is bolted down with the U-Bolts right, or is it welded.
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Just bolts down under one of the forwardmost u-bolt nuts, and also used the sway bar mount bolt/hole to help stabilize and strengthen it....the best part was that is was...

    Built Not Bought!!


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    Thats what it looked like to me just wanted to double check. Thanks a lot, looks strong and pretty simple to accomplish. I'm definitely going to go the way you did.
     
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    Hey greg, did you happen to run across any part numbers for the clamp on bracket that goes to your tie rod? I looked and looked through mcmaster carr adn grainger for something similar but hours of searching didnt turn up much.
     
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    Thank you sir, just what I was looking for. :bow: :bow: :bow:
     
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    "Search" is only as good as the keywords you choose......it's as much art as science.


    I'm sure by now, a college campus somewhere offers a class called "Effective Keyword Googling" :D
     
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    Holy crap, that clamp costs more than my entire hydro assist project. :eek1:
     
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    That's a sweet clamp and all but you can get one for under 5 bucks at a big truck yard. It seems that a lot of the big rigs had 1.5" tie rods that had clamp on pieces for the TRE's. I checked at Collin County Truck Parts in McKinney, Tx. Mario has about 200 of these just waiting to be taken home. Call him and see if he will send you one- 972-562-4352 I've been using this to attach my cylinder to my tie rod and it hasn't let me down yet.
     
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    Well that sounds like a better way to get the clamp, but I'm already set for the tie rod mount. I don't forsee any breakage.

    1.5" 3/8 wall DOM tubing. Mount is made of 2" .250 square tube slipped over the rod, with 3/8 plate tabs welded to the sides. Turned out to be the perfect size for the end of the surplus center ram.

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