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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 78Suburban, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    I will order my ORD steering brace tomorrow. (I probably should get the weld on one for extra strenght too, but I am going to try and make do with just the bolt on one for now)
    Anyway, I found an article where peterson's installed a similar product by Autofab, and I noticed that they said a regular drill wouldn't have room to work . They said you had to use some kinda angle head drill. Is this true? I don't own anything but a regular ol' drill :crazy: .
     
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    I don't know about this either as I still have yet to put on one my burb, but even if you do, you can rent a 90* angle drill from a local rental shop for a couple hours for fairly cheap.
     
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    ehh... IIRC that would be correct IF your engine is in.... call me silly but my engine isnt in... and hasnt been for a long time.... :mad:
    Grant
     
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    True, if your engine is in. I've installed these twice, and both times I had the engine out, was very easy. I have an angle headed drill but its weak.

    Also, Autofab makes the steering braces, ORD just sells them.
     
  5. 78Suburban

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    well mine is in, so I suppose I will be renting an angle drill :mad: . are there a bunch of lines that run with the chassis that I will have to worry about drilling through?
     
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    there is one line you have to worry about, I can't remember, but I don't think you really have to worry about drilling through it, just have to bend it out of the way slightly, otherwise the bracket will sit on it.
     
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    I installed it with just a regular drill. The engine was in.
     
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    was it a small drill or something? was it very cramped to difficult?
     
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    It was a normal 3/8" drill. It was several years ago...as I recall it was a little tight, but not bad. It didn't take long.
     
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    i did the same...3/8" drill and i used a stepped bit to enlarge it to 1/2" i believe.

    wasn't really a big deal the brace took me maybe half an hour from start to finish. i had the most trouble bolting the other end of the brace to the steering box, was just an awkward position.
     
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    I installed mine with my 18Vdc XRP 1/2" Chuck Dewalt drill. It fit in there just fine with a TN 1/2" bit. Took about 30 Minuts start to finish.
    My engine and bumper were installed but the D60 was not.
     
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    I was able to use a regular drill to drill out the hole in the radiador support cross member (just above the proportioning valve), in order to install my steering box brace as well.
     
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    same as me but i used a cheap arse ryobi drill 18V cordless
    my whole truck was put together, no problems
     
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    I did mine with a normal 1/2" drill but no bumper and 3" BL at the time.
     
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    The reason AutoFab's brace looks similar to ORD's is because they are both made by Autofab.

    Harley
     
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    i went through the front of the frame on my truck, used my 1/2 air drill, it was also done on a lift at work, alot easier then on your back
     
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    i just used my 18v miluaukee cordless with the motor in it was a little tight but worked great.
     
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    yep, i had no prob when i did mine...regular dewalt corded drill, correct size bit, bumper and motor in place and went to town on it. It wasn't all that bad to do either. Should take less than an hr...

    Since we are on this subject, were any of yall not able to install the smaller brace on a last run (91, maybe 88-90 also, possibly even a tad before) because GM already had a little brace in there in almost the same position?
     
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    yeah i had that problem on my stepdad's 91. i just left the stocker there. i dunno if he ever messed with it to ad to the bracing.
     

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