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ord steering brace

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by KENNY, Sep 22, 2001.

  1. KENNY

    KENNY 1/2 ton status

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    I purchased an ord steering brace from a member of t;his site. I have an 84 blazer. when i recieved the piece it was packaged poorly but that is not the problem. Is there a difference between an earlier years part gu390011-E or L. seems like it wont fit over or under the steering hoses and the brake lines alson the brake valve.
     
  2. KRAZIE87K5

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    You have to remove a few line-hold-down bolts, and move the lines out of your way. You may also have to drill the hole in the cross member to make it fit.

    I had to do all of the steps above, and i bought mine right from ORD.

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  3. Chaz88K5

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    same deal here...it was not just a easy bolt in job...it took a few hours to get it in there...hoses moved holes drilled etc etc

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    one hole has to ben enlarged and sometimes you have to move some lines over a little bit..

    just backing up what was already said.. I have the instructions from that kit that I could probably take a picture of if needed.. email me if needed

    mike
     
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    The newer the truck the worse it gets. If you got the oil cooler it gets fun. On my 75 it took all of 40 miutes to install it.
    Wait till it's in.....BIG improvments that you will notice by the time you make the first turn.

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    What more is involved if you have an oil cooler? My truck has the factory cooler and I am planning on getting the brace.

    Keep it simple
     
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    thanks for the replies. i thought this would be a simple 30 minute add on wasn't prepared for all the work and mods another question is the photo on the example given on this site has a brace that goes in the front crossmember with two holes. the one ii have has one and its bigger 1/2 iin than the hole. i wish the;y didnt say bolt in if it really isn't.
     
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    It is a bolt in by all definaitions. The ONLY MOD you have to do is enlarge one hole. I installed it on my 90 and it was nothing. Took maybe and 1 1/2. With pee breaks and coffee or was that beer? hhhmmm.
    But anyway, you have to take some screws out that attach the brake lines to the frame, but those hard lines aren't gonna go anywhere. So just leave the bracket off. Then all you have left is to bend some off those lines outta the way just a tad bit so they dont rub.
    Hell, leaf springs are bolt in but they were more involved than this.
    Good luck!

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  9. twenty_below0

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    Has any body ever welded the "bolt on brace" instead of actually bolting it???I have to get one real quick, my frame is ok now but I'm sure it is hurting and would rather not have it cracked!!
     
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    The way the bolt on brace is designed and layed out, it would not work welded on.

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    On my 89, it went on like it had eyes.....enlarged the brake line clamp hole to 1/2", slightly started the bolts I removed from the steering box, inserted the bolt thru the crossmember, and tightened em up......took that little brace off the front, attached the brace in the kit, and popped a beer.....took longer to pick out the tools and put 'em up afterwards than it did to actually do the job.....delivery was prompt, I was treated courteously, and I feel I got a quality part well worth the money.....JD

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    it is the steering pump hose lines that intefere the most. i would bend them but am afraid that they will break (the metal part coming out of the steering pump). the other question is there any difference in parts for earlier and later models. why do some have one hole and others two on the front cross member piece.. the two seem more secure to me.
     
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    On my 89.....on the long brace, I have two bolts to the steering box, and one to the middle of the crossmember.....I simply enlarged that hole...the lines on the crossmember were a non-issue, as they were exactly out of the way....on the small front brace, I got two bolts to the crossmember and one to the steering box......I think that on earlier models, there is one to the crossmember and one to the box, but the long brace is essentially the same on both......I've only seen one on an earlier Blazer once, so the diddference in the front brace is the only thing that stood out as being different......I hope this helps....JD

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    Don't forget to check and retorque the bolts after some driving. My steering was feeling loose again and I discovered I'd lost a couple of bolts. DOH!

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    If you got the oil cooler it gets fun

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    Ain't that the truth! I was gonna do it when I did my brake lines and found out that the oil cooler lines are gonna have to be rerouted. [​IMG]
    Ah well, it'll be worth it when it's in.

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    My oil cooler lines go right up under the brace. I simply took a piece of water hose and wraped it around the cooler lines and zip tied it on to keep from chaffing.

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    Just agreeing with what everyone said. I have one and it was a pretty simple bolt in. That one hole in the x-member does have to be enlarged.

    With the small bracket in front of the x-member, I used a die grinder to enlarge the holes and put it back on with the brace.

    I wrote an article on how I did this and it's posted on <a target="_blank" href=http://www.off-road.ws>Off Road.ws</a>, but the site seems to be down right now.

    It's a great add-on for the truck though. It definitely heps with street cornering, and also with keeping your steering wheel straight; even after a hard days wheeling.

    Thomas.

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    I had to loosen the power steering lines on the box in order to get the brace in. I did not have oil cooler lines, but it was a 30 minute job start to finish and 10 minutes of that was finding the right size drill bit to enlarge the existing hole in the crossmember. Once it was in, I put the power steering lines back to their original positions tighted everything down and retightened the brace bolts after the first week of use. I was able to tighten them a little so I checked them again a week later, but they were tight after that.
    As for being bolt in, technically it isn't because of the hole that has to be enlarged in the crossmember, but it is as close as you are going to get (again this is for a vehicle not equipped with an engine oil cooler).

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