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#31763 - 10/26/06 07:54 AM rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram
98RAM1500 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 1176
Loc: Crockett ,TX
heres a pick of this bracket that i was told helps old the gear box to the frame


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#31764 - 10/26/06 08:01 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 98RAM1500]
LilRed7879 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 1405
Loc: Orange Park FL.
Yes this bracket is considered a must have on most later 70's to 80's dodge trucks - we are in the process of getting someone to reproduce it since chrysler saw fit to quit making it about 10 years ago.

David S.

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#31765 - 10/26/06 08:19 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
scratchnfotraction Offline
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Registered: 05/29/03
Posts: 15232
Loc: Florida
I could/would use one when you do repop them.

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#31766 - 10/26/06 10:15 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: scratchnfotraction]
1moparman Offline
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Registered: 06/12/04
Posts: 705
Loc: lakeside ca
Quote:

I could/would use one when you do repop them.


ditto
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#31767 - 10/26/06 10:41 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 1moparman]
Robbins Offline


Registered: 05/03/04
Posts: 4906
Loc: Joplin, MO USA
What did these come out on? Does my 86 have one?

Lee
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#31768 - 10/26/06 10:48 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: scratchnfotraction]
LilRed7879 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 1405
Loc: Orange Park FL.
Quote:

I could/would use one when you do repop them.




10-4 I will keep a list - and will of course be posting here also.

Thank you MOPARTS - for helping everyone share info!!

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#31769 - 10/26/06 11:09 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: LilRed7879]
98RAM1500 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 1176
Loc: Crockett ,TX
well my 81 ram doesn't have one and a 79 warlock i had didn't had one either

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#31770 - 10/26/06 02:37 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: Robbins]
MoparJoe Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 2511
Loc: Tampa , Fl
Quote:

What did these come out on? Does my 86 have one?

Lee




My old '86 didn't have one, I didn't know they existed 'til I was poking around the '88 I just picked up.

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#31771 - 10/26/06 05:16 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: MoparJoe]
340SHORTY Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12291
Loc: Kent, Wa
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..
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#31772 - 10/26/06 09:39 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 340SHORTY]
MoparJoe Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 2511
Loc: Tampa , Fl
Good to know - I had to repair my '86 for that reason- the frame broke in front of the box, the '88 is solid in that area so I guess the bracket works.

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#31773 - 10/27/06 09:40 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: MoparJoe]
98RAM1500 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 1176
Loc: Crockett ,TX
I will probably sell this one I have, I will clean it up and shoot some primer on it to help keep it from rusting or some black engine enamel

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#31774 - 10/27/06 09:44 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 98RAM1500]
oleman Offline
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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1534
Loc: North Texas
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.

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#31775 - 10/27/06 03:03 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: oleman]
MoparJoe Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 2511
Loc: Tampa , Fl
Quote:

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.




No rust on mine either but when you turn the wheel you can see the frame flexing.

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#31776 - 10/27/06 06:10 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: MoparJoe]
Dallasdan Offline
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Registered: 08/18/03
Posts: 543
Loc: Midlothian TX USA
Mine flexes too. I was just gonna weld the driver side area - I think the rivets are loosening. Not trying to hijack here - has anyone had to use this bracket after simply welding? Just curious if I should start watching for the sale of this bracket?


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#31777 - 10/27/06 07:32 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: Dallasdan]
3XCHARM Offline
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Registered: 01/08/05
Posts: 1011
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA.
Welding might help your situation, but most of the Dodge frames flex in this area. I just had to repair my 2wd frame behind the steering box. The bracket would be easy to make, or for the ultimate try boxing the frame.

http://rockcharger.com/rcs/rockcharger/crossover2.html

This isnt my info, it is some that was found on the web.
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#31778 - 10/27/06 10:48 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 98RAM1500]
4dr4x4 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/05
Posts: 816
Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
So far I have seen two different brackets. Check out the picture, the one looks much stronger than the other. I have seen a few of the flat style brackets that were cracked where they bolt to the cross member.


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#31779 - 10/28/06 07:36 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 4dr4x4]
57Plymouth Offline
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Registered: 01/27/03
Posts: 2589
Loc: A Happy Place, A Happy Place, ...
I don't have the bracket, but I wish I did. I had a badly cracked frame on my 2wd when I rebuilt it, and the strut rod pockets had broken free of the front crossmember. I spent a lot of time drilling and grinding cracks and welding it all up. I also put a plate over both sides of the frame(clearanced for the steering box) and welded all of the crossmembers solid to the side rails. I also gusseted the front crossmember to the side rails and boxed in the side rails. Mine is stiff (VERY stiff) but I still want that little brace.
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#31780 - 10/28/06 11:22 AM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 57Plymouth]
98RAM1500 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 1176
Loc: Crockett ,TX
heres another pic of it off the truck and primered


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#31781 - 10/28/06 05:15 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 98RAM1500]
In_The_Pink Offline


Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 9065
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Kind of related, but there was/is a factory recall on Dodge vans of the '74-'77 era because of the same problem- a crack develops in the frame rail near the steering gear box. Very common, unfortunately.

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#31782 - 10/28/06 08:28 PM Re: rare bracket behind steering gear box on 89 Ram [Re: 57Plymouth]
4dr4x4 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/05
Posts: 816
Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
When I had the safty check done on my truck they told me the frame was moving when you turn the wheels. They wanted me to remove the rivits and bolt the front cross member on. I told them about the bracket and they said I could go with that. I made the bracket on my truck even stronger by adding more metel and welding up the seems. The truck handles realy good so I guess it works. I will try to get a picture of the one I installed on my truck. It would be very hard to bend or crack that one.


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