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steering brace: bolt in or weld on?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lrazer, Mar 9, 2006.

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Which steering brace?

  1. Bolt On

    19.2%
  2. Weld In

    11.5%
  3. Both

    69.2%
  1. lrazer

    lrazer 1/2 ton status

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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I don't know about strength, but the bolt in was very easy to install, tightened my steering up and feels very stout.
     
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    A lot of people use both, if your frame is already cracked than the weld on should be a given, if you run crossover the bolt-in brace is also a good idea as well. I am gonna have crossover with hydro assist, so I am not gonna do the bolt-in brace myself, but do have the weld-in.
     
  4. noahrob

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    Here is my tow cents. As we speak my truck is being fixed becasue the frame is cracked so bad that the only thing keeping it together is the weld in brace, which of course, was not put on properly in teh first place. As soon as the frame is fixed I will have the weld on brace AND the bolt on brace AND anything else I can find... becasue I do not want to do it again! the good news is that the area behind my steering box is going to be hell a strong once I am done. If the frame breaks, it won't be there.
     
  5. ou8mud2

    ou8mud2 Banned

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    Put a bolt in brace in mine.Run 38.5's on the road and trail and haven't had any problems.Super easy install.:D
     
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    Run bolth. I put the weld in on my frame and it still cracked again. I re welded the frame and added the ord bolt in brace and no prob. so far, 37's wheeled hard so on...
     
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    like before if broken now both. if good and not broken just bolt in will be fine.
     
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    I have had the bolt-in style installed for several years and it held up fine with stock steering, 38's, and front locker. After going to crossover steering and about 1.5 years of hard wheeling the frame started to crack and now has the weld-on and bolt-on braces.
     
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    I did not know if mine was broken or not so I ordered both and installed both even though my frame was fine.

    Ira
     
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    My frame had a 1 inch crack, I got the weld in brace and 5 years later with lots of wheelin its still good..........I will probly end up getting the bolt in 1 also...just for piece of mind.
     
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    It depends on how hard you plan on wheeling your truck, what size tires, type of steering etc. I'd say stock to 36-37's just the bolt in will be fine, anything larger and you should use both.
     
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    well I did cross over a couple weeks ago and now the frame cracked around one of the bolt holes even with a weld in brace, so tonight Im gonna box in the frame around the steering box, and fab in a brace made out of dom, should turn out nice.
     
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    I pulled a steering box off the frame with crossover and a locker running 38's. Now that I'm going with 44" tires and I have to rebuild the whole thing because the frame buckled behind the motor I'm going to run full hydro. No stress on the frame that way, but my is a trailer queen.
     
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    If you are going to do any moderate wheeling, I'd do both and box the frame where you can. It's a little more work, but it's been worth it for me.
     
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    if you box in the frame where the steering box mounts do you need to do anything else or is that enough
    im going to be running 38's there is no reinforcement now and i run 35's and have run 36's and 38's a few times
    btw does anyone have any pics of their frame boxed
     
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    Hey guys,

    I just received ORD's weld in kit. I have their bolt on too. Does anyone have pics as to the installation? The position of the two pieces? The diagram in the instructions are terrible. Not ORD's fault. The kit is a Rough Country resell.

    Thanks!

    Manny
     
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