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Makers of steering box braces?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by guido666, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. guido666

    guido666 1/2 ton status

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    Does anyone besides ORD make a good steering box brace? Preferably someone like Kert from DIY4x where the prices are good but you have to do some of the work yourself. I just moved up to 40" Boggers on my '79 K5 and I would like to brace the frame BEFORE it breaks, but alas, I am a poor college student and don't have the $120 for the ORD model.
     
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    The ORD brace is like a tank and a half of Gas... its the cheapest thing you can do... I've virtually made no mods to mine, but it was the first mod I made.. It wasn't hard to put on either, the holes just took a little persuading to make it fit.......

    Now I have a noob question.... would crossover steering negate the need for a steering brace? If thats the case, I would recommend that route, because you would be killing 2 birds with one stone...
     
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    I don't have money for a tank and a half of gas either. :(

    But no, crossover steering would put the same amount of force on the steering box. Unless since it puts it in a different direction (across instead of front-back) that it may help. I wouldn't chance it though.

    Is converting to crossover steering that cheap or something?
     
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    No, probably make it more necessary. You've gone from "back a forth" to "side to side". Hydro would relieve the stress though, and hydro assist would help.
     
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    yep, crossover puts MORE stress on the frame rails.
     
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    yeah, hydro assist definitely helps. My steering wheel turns pretty easily, even in rocks, and it ain't because I'm pushing super hard on the draglink.... the ram is doing the work. I have a weld-in frame support kit and hydro assist and don't forsee any chance of cracking the frame.

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    Sounds good. I will also try the nut trick with longer bolts.
     
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    sorry, I was confused.... anyway..

    my advise is to just buy the ORD brace... Looking at the craftsmanship and quality, there is no way that I could reproduce something that well made. :bow:
     
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    Ok, well I guess I'll have to get the ORD brace (which I'm just surprised no one else makes one). Anyone want to buy a kidney? Only used 25 years! :rolleyes:
     
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    did you PM 55willys?

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    No, I forgot. I'll do that now.

    EDIT: I can't PM until next week, when I get paid, and can buy a subscription. :D (And he doesn't allow email.)
     
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    lol, well... when ya can, do it. Not sure if he still makes them or not, but he might be able to hook you up.

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    Try looking in the vendor forum. :rolleyes:


    HA HA HA Looks like you already have. :doah:
     
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    That was the first thing I did. Unless you know something I don't. :dunno:
     
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    I have made a few for my buddys and such.
    Made out of 1"x.120 square.
    I have since made a better spacer system for the crossmember side instead of the spacer and washer as show in the picture.
    Here was the first design.
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    Let me know if you are interested, I have been selling them for $70 shipped with new bolts and the smaller front brace like ORD's.
     
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    Do you drill and sleeve the box tubing where it bolts to the steering box?
     
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    No it uses the stock spacers.
    The tubing is so small (1") and the wall thickness is thick for that size that it is REALLY hard to dent it. The casting in the steering box strips out before the tube even budges(ask me how I know :doah: )


    Here is a pic of K5freak44's that I sold to him with the newer spacer design.
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