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Streering box weld-on patch pics?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CarolinaBogger, Jul 19, 2001.

  1. CarolinaBogger

    CarolinaBogger Registered Member

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    I have read some of ya'll talking about your cracks around the steering box, and it's scaring me. Does anyone have a picture of the weld on repair kit from ORD installed? I just want to see whats all involved. I'm thinking this repair kit should be my next purchase so my 35's don't tear up my frame. Thanks ya'll.

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  2. KRAZIE87K5

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    I have the ORD bolt-in steering box brace. I also run 35" BFG ATs. I have talked to many people who think that my setup will be more than sufficient. If you will be taking your rig rock crawling, you might want to consider it just as a precaution...

    My truck is mostly mud and snow. So I will not need anything more than the bolt-in kit. Just my .02

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  3. CK5

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    I have pics and this is my next review.

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  4. FRIZZLEFRY

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    I dont have any pics of mine but its pretty simple.Just remove your steering box and any of those line clamps right there that might get in your way.Clean off the frame and inspect it for cracks.If you find any weld them up.After I got my cracks welded up and ground flat I ground the frame down to the metal where I was going to weld on the kit .I bolted the part that goes on the side of the frame to the frame so it wouldnt move and then welded it on as per the instructions.The worst part was pulling the steering box.

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    I think a while back I heard of a couple of people running the bolt in kit only and over time still getting cracks in the frame.I think with a weld in and bolt in kit used together you would never have another problem.

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  6. Waxer

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    Yah I do, check these pics out.....
    http://www.rockreadyk5.com/projects/CurrentProject/currentproject10002.jpg

    I have some pics somewhere of the final product but I cant seem to find them. There was a lot of pounding involved to get the plate as close to the frame as possible and a good C-clamp is necessary to hold it to the frame while you weld it.

    Stitch weld it and you'll be good to go.

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  7. michaelm

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    stitch it.
    you went to town on that frame
     
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    One thing no one has mentioned at all on this post and the other steering box posts is the fact that EVERYONE should degrease and power-wash your frames very well. I only found the crack in my frame after I did that. It was hard to see, but I saw it after I cleaned it.

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    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    That really depends on the condition of the frame. Mine was nice and dry. It only had dirt on it so a good brushing and I could very easily see the crack. Ofcouse I spent a lot of time making sure I had no oil leaks whatsoever. Wish I could say thats how the prev owner took care of it. But I hear what your saying, for the dirty frame people, yes cleaning it is a good thing.

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  10. Blazer79

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    My case was different. The crack was in the front crossmember and not in the frame. So you guys may want to check that area too.

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  11. Jason73K5

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    I've had cracks in the front crossmember too. That was nothing compared to my frame breaking in half right behind the steering box! Check those frames frequently and don't think those cracks won't grow quickly!

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    when you start chasing the crack with the welder you discover how long it REALLY is. wow
     
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    Oil leaks prevent rust. :D

    Pete

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