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Unread 09-05-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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steering box mount stripped

My steering starteted to act strange lately so I crawled under to look. both of the bolts on the bottom of the gear box mounting bracket that go into the frame were missing. when I went to replace them one just fell out. Any easy fix.?

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Unread 09-05-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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If the threads are stripped, why not replace the bolts with grade 8 bolts and nuts?
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Unread 09-05-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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You could smother the ends in jb weld or panel bond but I would just get a new gear box to be SAFE. I had mine come off the frame rails goin down the highway and it pitched me on my side!
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Unread 09-05-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, the "nut" is a four-sided nut that is welded to the frame from the inside. I had one break loose and the only way to fix was to use a torch to cut an access hole in the side of the frame adjacent to the mounting hole. Then, weld another nut over the hole, then weld the access hole shut and grind to pretty it up.
It isn't very difficult, but you do need the torch, the welder and the skills to do the job. Otherwise, you'll have to pay someone else to do it.
To me, RC is kind of the Harbor Freight of springs. Sometimes you get a good deal and sometimes you don't.
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