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#31783 - 10/29/06 04:29 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 3XCHARM]
Dallasdan Offline
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Registered: 08/18/03
Posts: 543
Loc: Midlothian TX USA
Thanks for the link Joe!

I already welded the area that flexes to the cross member. (just did it today) I am gonna see how this backet does, in conjunction with the welding of the seams. With the link you sent I will be able to box the frame in the front. I think I will end up boxing the whole front end eventually!

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#31784 - 10/30/06 05:22 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: oleman]
C-Tech Offline
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Registered: 05/30/06
Posts: 1374
Loc: North Central Indiana
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My 85 ramcharger 2wd does not have one. After 21 years the frame still looks good. Down here in rust-free Dallas. Could be it was for 4wd.


Oh gee thanks for rubbing in the fact that YOU live in a rust free zone and the rest of us live in the "holy cow they put down 2 tons of salt per mile for some light frost" zone LOL
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#31785 - 11/03/06 06:44 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 340SHORTY]
CBarge Offline
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Registered: 05/14/04
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the brackets didnt come out on anything from the factory assy line. they were a factory fixit for weak frames in the steering box area..





NEVER, even in the later years? My 91 RC has one and it looks factory to me as opposed to being added later. It is the less beefy version of the two shown in the pic. Found one today in an '88 RC 4X4 in the JY but it was cracked where it Y's out because the truck was wrecked. Took it anyway, it could be welded up if need be. JY owner gave it to me free after torching it out when we found the crack.
As an aside, when I told him what it was he told me the story of a guy with a 79 long box that came in looking for a steering box for it, "too much play in the steering" as he said. When they opened the hood to check it it they found that the frame was cracked all the way through. The guy instead decided to leave it there. The JY owner drove it in the yard, and said that when he did the frame flexed so bad the tranny kept popping out of gear. He told me "you'd better take that(brace)with you."
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#31786 - 04/16/07 08:04 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: CBarge]
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Does anyone have one of these they are willing to part with? I have a few cracks around the steering box to repair and would like to reinforce this area.

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#31787 - 04/16/07 11:11 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram
LilRed7879 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 1405
Loc: Orange Park FL.
My prototype shows up this week, and if it is correct we will have brand new ones for everyone in about 40 days.
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#31788 - 04/16/07 01:02 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
4dr4x4 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/05
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
That's good to hear. I'm know that ever time I show someone the one that's on my truck they want to know where to get one. This weekend I found one on an 88 Ramcharger 4x4. Untill now I thought they only came on 2wd's.


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#31789 - 04/16/07 08:54 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
cornucopia Offline


Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: lewiston, ID
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My prototype shows up this week, and if it is correct we will have brand new ones for everyone in about 40 days.


count me in!!

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#31790 - 04/19/07 12:42 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: cornucopia]
LilRed7879 Offline
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Loc: Orange Park FL.
Check it out -


Can anyone get me the bolt sizes that hold these on - none of my trucks has one either! and I would like to include some hardware with them as an option.

Cost is looking like 40-50.00/ea at this time.

40-50 days they should be here!

And sorry but the prototype has already been promised to a customer.
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#31791 - 04/19/07 04:04 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
NotEnufGarage Offline
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Registered: 07/28/03
Posts: 1866
Loc: Carmichael, CA
Just curious, but the welds that hold the two parts of the bracket together don't look to impressive or maybe it's just the lighting in the picture. Also, why isn't it welded on the third side? Is there any chance of them pulling apart, or is there not enough stress on the whole bracket to worry about that?

They look great. I'll be getting one for my Li'l Red and my W100 as soon as they're available.


Edited by NotEnufGarage (04/19/07 04:06 PM)
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#31792 - 04/19/07 04:20 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: NotEnufGarage]
LilRed7879 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
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Good eye - I have already sent them instructions on the third side weld - the other 2 sides are pretty good - just do not show up well.

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#31793 - 04/21/07 11:23 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
Blown_Hemi Offline
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Will they fit 2 and 4 wheel drive? The steering box mount in 2 different locations.
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#31794 - 04/22/07 11:08 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
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Good eye - I have already sent them instructions on the third side weld - the other 2 sides are pretty good - just do not show up well.




Dave,

I hope you don't mind, I posted a pic and your info over at www.ramchargercentral.com
There should be some interest there as this has come up before and the brace is no longer available from Mopar.


Regards-Stevo

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#31795 - 04/23/07 06:53 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram
LilRed7879 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
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No problem - I another part or two coming and then I was going to start sponsoring the board and advertise over there.

Thank you,
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#31796 - 04/25/07 05:06 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
LilRed7879 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
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Loc: Orange Park FL.
Hey guys - got a few request to place orders for the brackets, to be the "first in line". So I have added them to the website; again these will not be here for at least 40 days.

And trust me when they come in I will have plenty you will not miss out if you are not first in line to order.

If you want to pay with check or MO - just print the website page and mail a check to us.

Dodge Connection
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Orange Park FL 32073

http://www.dodgeconnection.com/catalog/item/2901766/4541374.htm

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DLS

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#31797 - 04/26/07 07:46 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: Blown_Hemi]
LilRed7879 Offline
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Will they fit 2 and 4 wheel drive? The steering box mount in 2 different locations.




Can someone help answer this; the bracket I copied came from a 2wd truck; I do not own a 4wd anyone out there know if will work on both trucks??

Thank you,
DLS

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#31798 - 04/26/07 07:56 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
4dr4x4 Offline
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It looks the same as the one my friend has on his 88 ramcharger 4x4. If I go back to his place this weekend I will take a better look and some more pictures.


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#31799 - 04/26/07 12:05 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
Blown_Hemi Offline
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Quote:

Will they fit 2 and 4 wheel drive? The steering box mount in 2 different locations.




Can someone help answer this; the bracket I copied came from a 2wd truck; I do not own a 4wd anyone out there know if will work on both trucks??

Thank you,
DLS




I guess I will answer my question. If you copied a 2 wheel bracket the arm connected to the front crossmember will be longer than a 4 wheel one.
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#31800 - 04/26/07 05:09 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: Blown_Hemi]
4dr4x4 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/05
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Why would it be loger? The bracket mounts to the inside of the frame. The other arm goes to the front cross member. The front cross member is the same for 2 and 4wd trucks except the 2wd has strut rod mounts on the bottom.

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#31801 - 04/26/07 06:30 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: Blown_Hemi]
LilRed7879 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 1405
Loc: Orange Park FL.
Just a thought how much longer or shorter do you think one is vs the other ?

If you will notice where it attaches to the front cross member the bolt hole is actually a slot about 1" in length - flexibility for either truck ?

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#31802 - 04/26/07 08:33 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
4dr4x4 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/05
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The good thing about the older trucks (80 and under) is that there is no hole in the cross member. I just mounted the bracket, marked it with a punch and drilled the hole. That should work on all the pre 80's trucks, 2 or 4wd.

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