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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2000, 08:10 AM
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I broke my steering bracket!

Ok, over the weekend I was climbing a lot of washouts. I later noticed that I broke one of the brackets that hold the steering box to the frame. It broke around the one of the bolts. I don't really want to spend the money on "heavy duty" brackets. Has anyone reinforced their stock brackets or anything? I do have a welder to fix the broken part.

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Re: I broke my steering bracket!

are you running a steering box brace? i installed one as soon as went to larger tires and have not (as of yet) had any problems with the brackets or frame.

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Re: I broke my steering bracket!

YeS! I am. Actually its good thing too cause thats the only reason I got it home. It was pretty loose at that point.



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Re: I broke my steering bracket!

I have mine taken apart right now. I was thinking about welding the two brackets together. This wouldn't help around the bolt holes though. Maybe weld some heavy washers around the holes. Those heavy duty brackets are pricey.

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Yeah, I was thinking about that. Welding them together. I am sure I will play with the welder a lot with this project..lol.

I may end up making another steering box brace too. It was pretty scaring on the way home. My box is now shot too. There was a puddle of fluid under the jeep this morning.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2000, 09:54 AM
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Jersey do you know what size the top two bracket bolts, that bolt through the frame crossmember are? I lost mine. I think they are 3/8-16. They aren't tappered are they. Thanks

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Re: I broke my steering bracket!

Sorry, I just got home from the weekend last night so I haven't had a chance to pull it apart.



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Re: I broke my steering bracket!

Give him a welder and look out. Good thing for that secondary brace. Sorry i jinked you. Had a blast out there with the crew.

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Re: I broke my steering bracket!

both of my brackets recently cracked. ozarkjeep welded them up for me. i have a steering brace on the way and hopefully that will prevent the brackets from cracking again. i think my problems came from the lower bolts getting soaked in atf and getting loose. i'll be keeping an eye on the brackets now.

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