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Steering Brace: Remove existing 'L' Bracket?

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by Little Giant, Mar 17, 2002.

  1. Little Giant

    Little Giant Registered Member

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    Steering Brace: Remove existing \'L\' Bracket?

    Last night I installed my ORD steering box brace kit on my '84 K20. But I didn't follow the directions exactly, so I wanted to pose the question. Why do the directions say to remove the existing 'L' bracket between the frame and front of crossmember, <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/ordsteeringbrace/ordsteer3.jpg>http://coloradok5.com/ordsteeringbrace/ordsteer3.jpg</a> rather than modify the bracket?

    At least on my truck that, that 'L' bracket tied a factory bumper bracket to the crossmember, it seemed like a worthwhile structural piece.

    What I did was remove that existing bracket, bolted the ORD forward bracket loosely to the steering box as shown in the write up, but the two factory crossmember bolts back on w/o the nuts, and figured out I only needed to take a little material off the original bracket in order to make it fit in front of the ORD bracket. So basically I slipped in the ORD forward bracket inbetween the original factory bracket and the crossmember.

    Now, am I missing something? Is this putting too much strain on the crossmember? Is there a reason why this is not typically done, should I remove the bracket as the directions state?

    Just curious. Thanks.
     
  2. Rockjunkies

    Rockjunkies 1/2 ton status

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    Re: Steering Brace: Remove existing \'L\' Bracket?

    I did the exact same thing last night. It just took 10 min. to grind the hole into a oval. I was wondering the same thing, it seem's to be a better way. Might ask stephen at ord.
     
  3. K10ANDYKHAMNIC

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    Re: Steering Brace: Remove existing \'L\' Bracket?

    u both did it right . i did it the same way and he said that there is nothing wrong with it .
     
  4. Stephen

    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    Re: Steering Brace: Remove existing \'L\' Bracket?

    Yup.
     

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