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Unread 07-14-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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Steering box brace mounting

I just made a steering box brace for my 84 CJ-7. When I was looking for a spot to anchor the brace on the frame, I noticed a hole with a nut welded inside the frame. This was located about 2 inches behind the shackle mount. When I tried threading a 7/16 bolt into the threaded hole it seem like the thread pitch is off. I am using a 7/16, 20 pitch thread.

Does anyone know what size and thread this hole is???

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Unread 07-14-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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If it's course.. it's 7/16"-14

Might try that.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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Yes, 7/16-14 coarse thread.

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Unread 07-14-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, hope I didnt screw up the threads too bad trying to use the wrong bolt.

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Get a tap and chase the threads.

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Unread 07-14-2013, 06:48 PM   #6
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I thought it was the same bolt that goes into the manual steering gearbox (bottom 2).

I counted the threads on the bolt and I have 12 per inch. So that makes it a 7/16 x 12 ?

I will try a 14 pitch tomorrow. I dont know if I will need to chase the threads I'll find out when I try it.

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7/16-12 threads do not exist.

Trust me, it's 7/16-14 thread pitch.

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Unread 07-14-2013, 09:17 PM   #8
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Identical to the bolts holding the shackle hanger (the hole is actually there to mount the steering bracket in a right hand drive setup... think postal or export model).
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:12 AM   #9
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Got it.

Your right it was a 7/16 x 14 bolt and that is what I was trying to get in there.

However, a 1" bolt will not thread all the way through the nut. I dont know if the nut was damaged when then welded it onto the frame. So I cut off 1/2 inch of the bolt and used that to secure the steering box bracket.

Worked slicker than STP.

Thanks for your help.

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Have any pics of your bracket you made? I just found out that my steering box bracket is cracked. Seem the HD upgrade at Morris 4x4 for 110. My buddy says he can make one beefier.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 09:40 PM   #11
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Well, I did not take any pics of it, but it was straight forward on the build.

I tossed around the idea of using T bar or square bar for the brace. Since I didnt have either on hand I used 1" black pipe for the brace. After a careful measure from bolt hole to bolt hole I heated up the ends and pounded them flat at 90 degrees apart. Once this was done I drilled a hole on both ends to mount to the frame and to the bracket clamp around the steering box.

For the steering box clamp I went to the hardware store and found some clamps used for wire fences gate posts.

They were just a little larger than the diameter of the steering box but with some heat and a hammer used on my OLD steering box I was able to form them around the steering box and made a good clamp. Drilled a hole on the back side of the formed clamps and after a paint job I installed them and they looked and worked great.

I might be able to get under the CJ and take a pic this week. If I do I will post it.

Just think about what I did and lay under the CJ and you will be able to figure it out easily.

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Well, I did not take any pics of it, but it was straight forward on the build. I tossed around the idea of using T bar or square bar for the brace. Since I didnt have either on hand I used 1" black pipe for the brace. After a careful measure from bolt hole to bolt hole I heated up the ends and pounded them flat at 90 degrees apart. Once this was done I drilled a hole on both ends to mount to the frame and to the bracket clamp around the steering box. For the steering box clamp I went to the hardware store and found some clamps used for wire fences gate posts. They were just a little larger than the diameter of the steering box but with some heat and a hammer used on my OLD steering box I was able to form them around the steering box and made a good clamp. Drilled a hole on the back side of the formed clamps and after a paint job I installed them and they looked and worked great. I might be able to get under the CJ and take a pic this week. If I do I will post it. Just think about what I did and lay under the CJ and you will be able to figure it out easily. Larry
Thanks Larry. Appreciate the info.going to tackle this project tomorrow as this is my daily driver at the moment. This is what I found this morning. It's the front most bolt hole on the bracket.

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