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Steering Brace Doesn't Line Up

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by BlazerGuy, Jul 26, 2001.

  1. BlazerGuy

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    Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    The big brace does not line up with the hole where the brake line tab is. This is not a big problem cause I'll just drill another hole but I was wondering if it's not lining up, does that mean that my frame is bent? Or do some trucks not line up correctly?

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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    hey niether than mine, but i did what you did, worked like a charm [​IMG]
     
  3. Stephen

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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    There's a lot of stuff that could go wrong there, the GM guys probably weren't too concerned about the tolerances on locating that hole for a brakeline holdup, and if the frame wiggles much it will mess it up also. I had to die grind the hole in mine to get it to fit. What you're doing now is the ticket.


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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    So you've got to move your front brake lines to use the brace?

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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    Maybe, it depends a little on the routing of the factory lines. It's not like you have to rebuild them or anything, but they may need to be pushed around a little to make sure they don't rub.

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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    Steve,
    You may want to let people know this.....when I first tried installing the brace the holes did not line up. What I did was take the bolts out of the P.S. box, bolt the brace up to the P.S. box with longer bolts then try to put the bolt through the hole on the crossmember and the brace, but the two did not line up. The GM frames may shift over time, especially if it has been flexed. The way I got mine to work without drilling/grinding was to put the top bolt in the P.S. box and brace (not tight), take a punch and stick it through the hole in the crossmember and line up the brace, put that bolt in (not tight), then put the lower bolt in the brace to the P.S. box and then tightened everything down. If you start tightening before ALL bolts are started 9 times out of 10 the holes will not line up.
    Just thought I would pass it on.

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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    That's exactly what I did. Put in the top steering box bolt, pushed/pulled/cursed the crossmember end into place, then put in the bottom box bolt. Didn't tighten until ALL the bolts were started.

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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    I tried that but it still didn't clear [​IMG]

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    Re: Steering Brace Doesn\'t Line Up

    That sounds like it would work, obviously if you did it, but the best way is still to bolt in the brace with the box bolts, check the alignment to the crossmember and put the hole in the right spot. That way you start without stress on anything. I don't think it's a major deal, but maybe an easier way.

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