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Steering brace weld in kit Q

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by muddin4fun, Aug 21, 2001.

  1. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    I'm about to order the brace kit. My frame isn't cracked yet or bent, but I've heard that I should order the weld in repair kit along with the brace kit anyway to make it even stronger. Could ya shed some light on this? [​IMG]

    It's been lovely, but I have to scream now.

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  2. Stephen

    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    If you're going to be using the K5 hard, meaning 36" and up tires, I'd say do the weld in kit for sure. If you're going to be running smaller tires, you should think about it pretty hard. The K5 frame is a little thin and we've had some problems with them cracking even with the brace installed.
    It's a pretty cheap way to make sure you don't have any problems with it, so I usually recommend using both.

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  3. muddin4fun

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    K...thanks!

    Oh look! A link to offroad design! [​IMG]



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  4. Mreetz

    Mreetz 1/2 ton status

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    How much are the 2 of them together as a package?

    1984 K-5
    4" lift
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    buildin a 400 for it, any info greatly appreciated
     
  5. BurbinOR

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    Lara, do both. My truck has never had anything larger than 33's until two months ago.........very little flexing of any kind and my frame crack showed up two weeks ago. I also had the brace for the past 8 months............so do both, and then maybe you can put the frame crack thing out of your mind forever...........just my $.02.

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  6. AgDieseler

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    Stephen,

    Exactly how big of a pain is it to do the weld in brace? I run 35" BFGs, and wheel about 9-10 times throughout the year. I'm a student, therefore chronically broke, and that makes money a big consideration. In your opinion, is the $cost$ trade-off worth the added strength in my application? Can my Lincoln Arc-225 and I tackle it pretty easily?

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    David Oliver
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    T-700
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    *Banks Turbo coming soon*<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by AgDieseler on 08/31/01 12:43 PM.</FONT></P>
     
  7. Stephen

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    David, if your sub is a 3/4T, I wouldn't worry about the weld in kit, the 3/4T trucks have a little thicker frame and don't seem crack out much with the box brace installed. Just inspect it for cracks during and after harder trips.
    If it's a 1/2T, you should look into it. A 225 welder should do the job, remember, you're welding 2 pieces of 1/8" steel here! Cost for the kit is pretty minimal, $65.00. Mostly it's time to put it on since it involves removing the steering box, cleaning the frame up and welding it on.

    Of course $65.00 will buy a 2 week party spree in a college town, so maybe it's not that cheap.......

    Another option would be to keep driving it and fix it if it actually becomes a problem. Preventive maintenance is nice, but most of the time you can get home with some cracks around the box as long as you catch them before they get really carried away and have the brace installed.

    Hope this helps

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  8. AgDieseler

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    My truck started it's life as a 1/2 ton, but a 3/4 ton powertrain and driveline has been swapped. That doesn't help me with my frame thickness though. Based on the information you provided, I will just go with the bolt in brace for now. When my D60 comes along, I plan to do crossover steering at the same time. I figure that will be a good time to weld in the extra brace since it will all be apart.

    As far as the D60 goes, I am gladly accepting donations.

    Thanks,

    David Oliver
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    T-700
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