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Transfer case stabilzer bar?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Can Can, Jan 24, 2001.

  1. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Yesterday I noticed a 1/2" rod bolted to the passenger side of the transfer case. It runs forward on 45 degree angle and looks like it bolts to the engine block. A buddy said it was a TC stabilizer bar, but wasn't sure why it's there. Is it important?

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    BOWTIE 1/2 ton status

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    I know what bar you're talking about, and I've been told that without it you can crack your trans housing where it connects to your transfer case.

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  3. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Yeah, I figured as much.........It kinda looks like a brace to keep everything from torquing out.......

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    Yes it is important. As mentioned chevy had problems with trans cases cracking...this along with somewhere in 78-79 adding an aluminum flywheel cover with 2 additional braces running to the motor mount pads took care of the problem....i have both set-ups on my 79...when i swapped in the NP205 i had to cut the bar down so it would fit. As i recall 69 to 72 K5's had an additional t-case mount on the right frame rail to add stability...something they dropped with the advent of the square nose in 73.

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  5. Goose

    Goose 1/2 ton status

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    I'm not sure if this is the same brace you're talking about, but on my '73 I have a brace on my NP205. It is on the passenger side and attaches to the right frame rail. Thought it was cool, Haven't seen one on newer K5s. Maybe it's a hold over.

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    YES it they are very important.... I didnt realize my truck didnt have them when I bought it... And low and behold my transfercase slipt from the tranny ripping out my drive shaft and spewing fluid every where good thing i was only a mile from home. So now I am on the hunt for those bars.. Anyone have any laying around???

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    With the "old style" tranfer cases, 203, 205 it was alot of wieght on the back of the tranny. When you hit a big old bump(not nesasarly off roading,) the chevy 350 trans cases would snap around the bellhousing. Chevy called them a "strut." I replaced many 350 cases at the dealer under warranty. No I could never afford a new K5, I was just a mechanic!
     

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