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weld on steering brace installed

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ftn96, Aug 10, 2001.

  1. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    Well, I hooked up with some new CK5'ers here locally. Great group of guys. jamiemac and his brother ben. Thanks Ben for welding on my brace. I noticed a $hit load of difference on the ride home. No more popping in turns, it was ALOT stiffer steering wise. Looks forward to wheelin with you guys!!!!

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  2. FWP

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    Good deal. Does the brace weld on from outside the rail?

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  3. ftn96

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    Yes, it goes on the outside of the frame adn the bottom side.
    Im not sure that Stephen actuakky makes these braces, I think he is just a seller of them. They look very mass produced, but I could be wrong. The only problems we had were the holes didn't line up good, and the edges had to be ground down to fit real good and we had to beat the living dog poop out of it in some places. Also we had to weld down one side and then bend or force down the middle then tack that and finally work our way toward the front with the same process. Also had to trim a little off the front to allow the factory bumper bracket to mount back flush to the frame.

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    Thanks. I'm running the ORD bolt in brace, but after all the talk seems like I need to look at adding the weld on one as well. I never actually saw one installed, that's why I was askin. Thanks for the tips.

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    Gotta Love the K5 Bretheren....
    We're a unique bunch of truck owners.. [​IMG]

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  6. Medman74K5

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    I have the weld on brace inatalled if you want to take a look. My frame has serious damage. Also have the bolt on brace.
     
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    Where did you get your brace?

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    Go here to get all kinds of cool stuff.
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    my truck's not dirty, it's earth tone paint
     
  9. Medman74K5

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    The weld on brace was installed when I bought the K5. I didn't check the frame as good as I should have, looks like the previous owner tagged a tree or got hit by someone. I've since installed the bolt on brace as well. ORD and JCW have the weld on kit. I picked up a 75 last mo. so I have a good frame to work with.
     
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    Thanks Sean, Where did you pick up the 75 at? Just curious, I've been keepin my eye on one in Chino that's been for sale for awhile now.

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    It was the ORD brace. But like I said above, I think stephen is just a reseller for another company on the weld on brace, but I may be wrong.



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  12. Medman74K5

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    I bought it from a guy in Dewey for $200. Has a SM465, NP205, Dual tanks (which I've never seen on a K5), fact. roll bar. Needs rear axle(4.10), front springs, front clip &amp; hood (has fenders), steering column, hub &amp; rotor assembly, spindles, engine. Trying to decide wether or not to combine the 74 &amp; 75 or start seaching for parts. Two K5's would be nice, the wife said she would drive the 74 since its an automatic. I'm thinking about it.
     
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    The brace I installed was two pieces..welded inside and out, creating a box...very strong....from a shop in Tucson, I think....
     

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