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Poll: Steering Box Brace

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stockk5, Mar 17, 2005.

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Steering Box brace

  1. Yes, i do run one.

    188 vote(s)
    65.5%
  2. No i don't have one.

    99 vote(s)
    34.5%
  1. stockk5

    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Hey, i want to know how many of you run the bolt on frame brace for your steering box. This is one of my biggest fears for my truck is to have the frame crack and break and go through the hassle of fixing it and not being able to drive it for a while. So who runs it and who doesnt? Is the bolt on option a pretty set guarantee it will not break there? What actions usually help break it? deep ruts that turn? violent turns in bumpy terrain? I am saving up money now for one, so hopefully soon ill have it.
     
  2. smokkey1

    smokkey1 1/2 ton status

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    yes, I run one. It was one of the first things I bought for my sub.
     
  3. 85mudblazin

    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    Not sure what happened to the other post but yea I weled up my cracks and made my own bolt on brace. with the cracks welded and the brace you are unlikely to have cracka again.
     
  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I run the weld in kit and the bolt on brace...

    Rene
     
  5. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    I run the bolt on, one of the first mods I did. I feel more confident with it up front, strength wise. If you plan to run big tires (37 and up) both the weld on and the bolt on would be the ideal setup.
     
  6. sapper

    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    A few years ago i was out wheeling with The General, a old member that has got out of the sport for awhile but his truck was awesome, had the full gambit of crap , 1 ton, doubler, x-over, good engine, just a real well built truck, anyway he was doing a full throttle assault of a mudhole with 39.5/18 boggers with the bolt in brace and still managed to rip the steering box off, i guess the lesson was anything can break if you hit it hard enough, he then went to the weld in kit and hydro assist to solve the problem. The brace does work real good, I'v had mine for years running 40" tires but i drive alot different
     
  7. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    detroit and xover = needed.... so they say
     
  8. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    My frame was cracked , don't know if it was pre-brace or post-brace . I found it after cleaning my leaky steering off to look for the leak .

    I have no idea how long it was cracked before I saw it , but I drove on it cracked for 2 weeks prior to welding and the steering felt fine and the crack NEVER grew .

    Thats enough for me to believe the steering brace works .

    I imagine the crack getting worse and spreading to catastrophe if the brace wasn't there :D
     
  9. TWISTEDJACK

    TWISTEDJACK 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    There are not guarantees in this business but it will definately help the frame problems. If you run crossover I would say it is a must due to the way it forces the frame worse than stock.
     
  10. rcamacho

    rcamacho 1/2 ton status

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    Cracked - welding and bracing

    My frame has (1) 2" crack. I'm adding the weld in patch and the brace from ORD within the next two weeks.:(
     
  11. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    A steering box brace is one of the first things I install on any of my trucks too.
     
  12. MTMike

    MTMike 1/2 ton status

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    The previous owner of my truck welded in a brace when he did all the work on it.
     
  13. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    They are a good safty item too add. Next K5 I buy will get both the bolt on and weld on braces no matter if the frame is cracked or not.
     
  14. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    the box brace tightened up my steering going down the road and that was with 38" tires great product.
     
  15. BigCountryx

    BigCountryx 1/2 ton status

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    I'm installing one as we speak. The very first mod to my Blazer. Seems like one of the most important things you can do to these trucks, especially if you are planning on lifting and wheeling the thing!


    BTW - I've got a question about it. http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132675
     
  16. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

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    It was the first mod I did, on the advice of the gurus here at CK5. Steering was noticeably better after installation...
     
  17. mtn. burb

    mtn. burb 1/2 ton status

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    I put one in, and the weld in patch.

    Then a week later installed a ram assist, which relieves the box of much stress.

    You might not need it with a ram assist, but it is good insurance.
     
  18. GM Man

    GM Man 1/2 ton status

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    Very first thing I installed on my Jimmy.
     
  19. MTMike

    MTMike 1/2 ton status

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    It's cheap insurance - I really don't feel like havnig to pull my rig out of the mountians with the steering box and the front part of the frame dangling from the hoses.

    I was given a "Don't ask me how I know" story on that one and it's what sold me on it.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2005
  20. rcurrier44

    rcurrier44 1/2 ton status

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    I have parted out 5 70's chevy's over the past 3 years and all but one had cracks around the steering box area. They were all stock half ton 4wd trucks...
     

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