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Moving steering box?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by PsychoticDeadGuy, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. PsychoticDeadGuy

    PsychoticDeadGuy 1/2 ton status

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    well, I am planning on moving my steering box forward some like the yota guys do it but am wondering how far the steering shaft will come out? should I just cut it and lengthen it?
     
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    how far are you looking to move it? there is not that much frame infront of the box

    the steering shaft should have some length in it you might have to drill parts of it like you were installing a body lift, if not you can always lengenthen it
     
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    just a couple inches forward. so does anyone know how much slip is left in the shaft?
     
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    i know there is enough for a 3 inch body lift but in the actually amount that is i hav not a clue
     
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    why are you moving it?
     
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    I was gonna move it because I have crossover with high steer with only 4" of lift. The tie rod and drag link rub eachother when turned and flexed. But I plan on moving the axle forward more so I am gonna leave the box where it is and run it the way it is for now. the reason I was thinking about it is because I just recently ripped the box off the frame and wanted to do something about the rubbing. but its not that big of a deal, I am just gonna fix the frame, wheel the hell outta it and build me a tube frame.
     
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    I ripped my box off also. The problem you run into is the frame dips down right where the box mounts. if you want I can send you pics of how I fixed mine. pretty easy to do and the fix will outlast the frame. lets just say 3/8 plate was involved.:D
     
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    ya, pics would be nice. I have some 3/8" plate with punch marks where the holes will need to be drilled. I want to just cut the frame off and wtube the whole thing. Too bad I cant afford that right now. send the pics to me at psychoticdeadguy@hardcore4x4.com thanks
     
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    Heres mine I moved it forward and up and to extend the steering shaft I cut the a old shaft apart and used the double D section to extend it longer

    steering box 1.jpg

    steering box 2.jpg

    steering box 3.jpg
     
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    argh...I wish I could see pics. could you email them to me?
     
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    sorry I will email them too you
     
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    here is what I did. the 1st pic is what the frame looked like.
    2nd is the patch I made. it is 3/8 plate with 1-1/2" solid stock drilled for the mounting bolts.
    3rd is the frame after I ran a hole saw through all the original holes.
    4th is how it all fits together.
    I ran stitch welds along the back inside the frame. welds around the standouts. and plug welds in every original hole in the frame.
    the box sits about 1/4" further out from the frame now. no big deal cause I am running a flaming river shaft with u-joints instead of a rag joint.

    steering repair 1.JPG

    steering patch.JPG

    steering repair 2.JPG

    steering repair 3.JPG
     
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    I got your email, that definatly looks like a beefy repair. I like it and will probably take some ideas from it. Thanks.
     

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