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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 10:54 AM
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87 Silverado Broken frame at steering gearbox

I have read several posts and understand that the frame breaking at the steering gearbox is not unusual on the older Chevy Trucks. What I would like to know is how to repair/reinforce this area. Everything I have read tells me it will break but I can find no information on repairing it.
I am currently running a 33x12.5 Goodrich All-Terrain A/T tire and I have had the truck a year and a half and have yet to take it off road.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 11:26 AM
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Re: 87 Silverado Broken frame at steering gearbox

The steering box can crack the frame and mounting bolt holes. This can happen with stock size tires. OffRoad Design has the frame reinforcement kit if you frame is already cracked and a support bar to use if it isn't cracked already. The frame kit is welded on and the support bar is a bolt on.
Go to http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/steeringkit.htm to see what each kit is. My frame was cracked and I used both kits to handle my 42s.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 11:45 AM
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Re: 87 Silverado Broken frame at steering gearbox

Wow. Thank you very much. The weld on kit looks like exactally what I need.

Can you tell me how much was involved in installation? Would this be a couple of hour job or something that would take a weekend? Does the kit fit up good or is there any modification that needs to be done?

Thanks for your time,

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 01:40 PM
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Re: 87 Silverado Broken frame at steering gearbox

Best of luck to you. I can't really offer anymore info, but get the repair kit and brace and you'll have indestructo frame at that corner. Like the other guy said, sandwiching them together will make it very strong. Shawn mentioned it when I was picking up my tires.

And now to my main point, THANK YOU! I forgot to order a frame brace and desperately need too and you reminded me. If ya ever need anything, call me.

1978 K20, 355, TH 400, NP 205, D44, 14FF, 7" Lift, 36" TSL Radials

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