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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2000, 05:03 PM
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Symptoms of cracked frame at steering box?

Can anyone ID the symptoms of a cracked steering box at the frame? My truck was pretty trashed when I got it, but I've fixed a ton of stuff. It would wander all over the road after I first bought it, so I replaced the wheel bearings, then the ball joints on the driver side. Then I added the lift and replaced the upper rear shackle bushings. Next came tie-rods, the drag link and a new steering stabilizer. Having replaced all of this stuff and adjusting the toe myself, I've come to conclude that I may have a cracked frame at the steering box. I suppose that I will have to pull it off and check for cracks. I have noticed alot of wear around the rivets in the front frame sections. In the event that the frame is cracked, other than a buying a kit, what options do I have for fixing it myself?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2000, 08:54 PM
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Re: Symptoms of cracked frame at steering box?

Take it over to the alignment shop- they'll be to tell if the frame is bent. The crack, if there is one, will be pretty obvious, you should see cracks without having to pull the box. If you're lucky, it's not cracked. I put ORD steering frame brace on my SWB, and have tweeked the hell out out of it for a couple years now, with no frame problems. If the frame is cracked at the box, you can weld some supports in, but it aint never the same. Those plates you weld in aren't very expensive.... Good luck dude...

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