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steering box brace question

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by PeteH, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. PeteH

    PeteH 1/2 ton status

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    i'm really sorry if this is a repost...
    my crossmember rivits are a little loose(they move up and down a little when i turn causing the frame to flex open a little) so my trucks' pretty squirly when i try to stop and put weight on the front end.
    do i need to fix the rivivts before i get the steering box brace or will it(the brace) fix the rivit problem? can i just replace the rivits with some grade 8 bolts? oh yea my frame isnt cracked at all.

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  2. big pappa b

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    In would say defintely replace the rivets first. The bolts would be a lot stronger than the rivets too /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. PeteH

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    sounds good..thanx
     
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    I would install the brace first, loosly though. Some people have noticed that a few of the bolts for the brace may be off because their frame has shifted/flexed. If you loosly install the brace then everything will line itself up. Then replace the rivets with grade 8 bolts using grade 8 nylok nuts. Then torque down the steering brace.
     
  5. Stephen

    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    If you're willing to get into it a little deeper, you can start welding the frame together. Or at least put some lock welds on it here and there. If you go with the bolts (which is a good method also) make sure you drill the parts out to a close tolerance fit to the bolt and I'd recommend using a metal lock nut instead of the nylock. Either would work but it may be easier to find a high grade metal lock nut.
     

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