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ord brace trouble

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by newyorkin, Jun 11, 2001.

  1. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    Anybody know how to mount the small piece to the ORD steering brace? I tried mounting it on each side (front/back) of the cross member, but the cross member holes will not line up with existing bolts/holes, and it's too close to drill new ones.

    Any thoughts?

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  2. surg82k5

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    I have two thoughts. Did you get the right brace for your blazer? There is a frame difference between 73-80 and 81-up, maybe you got the wrong version.
    The second thought is that maybe your frame is bent. It happens. If the bolt holes are too close to try drilling new ones, have you taken a big pry bar and tried to pry the hole into position where you can hammer the bolt through?
    Yes, the small piece goes on the FRONT of the crossmember, NOT on the side where the prop valve is.
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    When I installed ORD's bolt-in brace it was a really tight fit. Had to do some forcing to get all the holes to line up. I have a 84K5 FYI..


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  5. newyorkin

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    Thanks for the link! I forgot about that write-up, and the photos explain a little bit better... I'm pretty sure it's the right one, ORD put my truck info on file, including the year ('88) (I guess the build a profile of each customer?). I guess I'll have to hammer that sucker in...

    Thanks y'all!

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  6. BurbinOR

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    Look at my site (click below), under ORD Steering Box Brace, there is a pic of the piece you are talking about. Might help.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  7. Rob 85K5

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    Yeah, I had to force mine too.
    Had the Blazer on a drive on rack, had the two bolts to the steering box on loose and had to use a porta power off the passenger side frame rail to center it and a screw jack under the brace and let the lift down a little to get the third bolt centered. It took three of us, and we were a little nervous.

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  8. Grim-Reaper

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    Mine was a tight fit. Check the rivits in that area and where the crossmember meets the rails. usualy signs the crossmember and frame have some play and the rivits wear. This lets the crossmember move a little. Also need to remember them assembly line workers were usualy drunk by the end of the day. I know this is true cause half my relitives live in Detroit and work the lines and they are all alcholics. [​IMG]

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    Ohhh Man that is soooo true! "Friday at 5's" is what we call 'em. (the cars, not the people)

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    Mine was tough to line up, too. Used a floor jack and 2x4" to flex the frame around just enough to get the bolts in (with some BFH motivation).
    Grim, I hear ya on the line-workers-drunk thing. My old boss's father worked a GM line in Indiana, and he always told us about going to work with his dad and having the "six-pack lunch" at the corner bar...

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    Ohh hell my uncle tells me how he goes in hung over all the time. pulls back the carpet and pukes under it then throws it back down. They think it's a riot. He's pissed in cars on the line before too.

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  12. K5Jimmy

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    The ORD Brace went on my 89 Jimmy like it had eyes....drilled one 1/2" hole, removed that corner brace, a couple dabs of locktite....took all of 20 minutes.....am I lucky, or what??....I thought my truck was pretty tight, but the brace still made a difference....JD

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    O.K. I realy didn't need to read that! (my heads on the floor boards looking under dashes half the day)

    Honestly, I've seen the current products G.M. is putting out, They (so-far) seam to be tight, we just got the new Avalanch in yesterday, It looked tight, goofy but tight.

    Twiztid

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    Wow, seems a lot of the frames either were misaligned or tweaked over the years...........mine went straight in also.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
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    Is this a great site or what??

    I'm going to tackle this again on the weekend... Not looking forward to bangin the frame around, but I'd rather do that than pop the bottom of the box out of the frame...

    Thanks everyone!

    Ratch
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