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!st generation steering brace

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by 1HIHUM, Dec 12, 2000.

  1. 1HIHUM

    1HIHUM 1/2 ton status

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    Is there such a creature? I'm trying to eliminate any flex or chance that I'll crack my frame. Thanks in advance!

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    Re: 1st generation steering brace

    Ya is there??
    On my 72 I have the plate on the inside of the frame and then a piece of square stock 2x2 I think running accross the front from frame rail to frame rail.
    1HIHUM what do you have up front on yours??

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  3. Stephen

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    We don't have a brace for the early K5, mostly due to lack of demand. I don't know if it's from fewer trucks, or if they're more durable, but we don't have many calls for them. We have tried the later model stuff and it doesn't work on the early chassis. Maybe we need to come out with a brace for the 67-72?

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  4. 1HIHUM

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    First, let me say thank you for taking the time to respond! Second, I'm not sure that I need it. I have a gooood amount of wander, especially on rough streets, but since I have an eight inch lift with the "recommened corrections", and 40" tires,I am not sure that frame flex is the culprit. I was curious though, since I haven't seen any braces for the first generation blazers.

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    Stephen, I sure could use a steering brace on my 72. Frame is cracked at box. Let us know when one is avail.
     
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    Looks like there are alot of 1st gen. K5's out here that would like a brace. So how about it Stephen? When is it going to be out? LOL. My frame is still ok, but after I put my 35" tires on I would love to have a brace on the frame for preventive maint.

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    Couldn't you guys just find a local welder and have them cut a plate and weld it on there over lapping the cracked area, then drill, or have the holes pre-drilled to meet the steering box.

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    The nice thing about a bolt on brace is that it bolts on. And being inside the frame rail, it triangulates the area, rather than just making it thicker. This helps take the flex out of the crossmemer and frame right there so it's stiffer. I'm pretty sure the weld in repair kit works on the early trucks also, but it's still not the same as the bolt in brace.
    I'm not going to make any guarantees as to time frame for starting a kit, that usually gets us in trouble! We'll start taking a closer look at it though.

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