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In another post I mentioned the problems I had keeping the steering box mount bolts tight. There were several things that I did to contribute to the problem - antisieze instead of Locktite primarily - but another factor was surely the strain put on the bolts by the steering effort. Here are a couple of pictures of the brace I made to take the stress off the mount.

This is the steering box end. There are two 3/8"-16 socket-head bolts that are countersunk into the piece on the right. The other part is drilled, counterbored 3/8" half way through, and tapped.



This is the passenger-side end. It bolts to an unused hole that would hold the steering box mounting bracket in a RHD vehicle.



All stock is 3/4" cold-rolled, so it might also serve as a brush guard and auxillary tow point. [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Re: Steering box brace

Looks solid. I ran into the same problem, the bolts kept pulling out of the box. I built a brace and help solve the problem.
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You machined that piece up? Great work Jim!
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Re: Steering box brace

a 4.0 connecting rod works perfect for this as well.
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Cool, got one you can send me? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] ...seriously!
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Wow, very nice work, Jim. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]

You willing to share the blueprints?
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Re: Steering box brace

Dave, I can make one for you, but not right away. The Boss put me on a landscaping project. I still have about 12 tons of rock to haul to the back yard, a Jeep full at a time.

Dan, sure. I'll send a drawing to anyone who wants it, although finding out that a connecting rod will do the job makes me think that it's not worth all the machining.
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That's what I was asking Elusive...Did he have a conn rod to send me! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Steering box brace

He He - perfect timing Jim. I was working on that very thing, came in the house and saw your post.
But mine's a bit different - the box is squared off on a Rubi where that portion is round on others. Needs a different sort of brace attachment point, sorta rounded off square.

And -- a friend recently ripped his box off the frame on the trail -- the bolts didn't let go -- but the entire pod under the frame where it mounts came off - it ripped the 4 welds right off! That pod's only 3/16 thick. He said the welds looked fine on the outside, but they way they ripped apart showed they hadn't penetrated properly.

I'm making a 1/4" plate on each side to sandwich that box to the frame. Then a cross brace like yours.
So far I haven't found any mfgr making a brace specifically for a Rubi - the standard ones won't fit. An opportunity for somebody creative.
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Re: Steering box brace

Rich, when I made that clamp, I machined the perimeter of the pieces first, and then did the drilling and tapping. Then I bolted the pieces together with a 0.010" shim between, and put the assembly on the milling machine to bore the hole. But I could have just as easily made a square or rectangular hole with an end mill.

If you can't find a ready made brace, send me the dimensions of the hole you want and I'll make a clamp for you. You can make the other end and cross bar and weld it all together, right?

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