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Old 06-02-2018, 10:13 PM
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Adding West Texas Off-road hydro assist steering. The ram fits almost perfect in the stock stabilizer bracket but I need to reinforce it so this is what I did.
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This is factory.
Holds up incredibly well for heavy sheet metal!
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Started by cutting this chunk out.
Cleaned up the surfaces.
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And cut the piece out of 1/4 plate.
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I utilized the mounting tabs from the kit. Since the stabilizer mount is at an angle from the track bar mount, I needed a shelf to mount the tab.


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I decided to tie in this area for more strength.
Like this.
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The inner mount was more tricky. Cut a piece like this.
Fits into the mount like this
And welded it in. I added a couple washers tacked on for spacers.
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Then I fully welded in the rest.
Think it turned out ok.
I ran outta time tonight, but Ill add a small piece here to gusset it al together.
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Decided it would be better to reinforce at the back of the mount.
Did the normal CAD pattern, and cut out this piece. It needed a slight bend for the angle to work but since this is 3/16 plate I was able to do it with a hammer in the bench vise.
Then welded it in.
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Ran into a bit of clearance issue. With my stock type steering setup, the drag link was hitting my bracket.
So I had to cut about 1/4 off and taper it to the left. If I were to do this again Id raise the shelf 1/4-3/8 higher and the steering would have cleared. Live and learn...
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So, Im gonna get a lot of grief for this but I decided to try the hydro steer setup on my stockish steering. I do have the ZJ V8 tierod so well see how it holds up. This is the bracket I built to attach the ram to the draglink.
I dont have build pics but I used a steering stabilizer stud with the straight wall end cut off, drilled and welded it into a 5/16 plate piece, then welded the tabs to it. On the other side I put another set of tabs and fashioned a cam bolt at arrangement so I could tighten the bracket snug against the drag link.
Im curious to see how this holds up. Not the brackets, but the steering linkage itself. Ill report back after a trail run.
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i'll be curious about that will hold up. get in a bind and the ram may overpower the strength of the draglink and bend it.
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i'll be curious about that will hold up. get in a bind and the ram may overpower the strength of the draglink and bend it.
Yea, me to. More concerned with the tierod. But well see what happens 🤞. Gonna be conscious of it on the trail and try not to stress it to much. As soon as the budget allows, thinking of going with the IRO setup.
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Following. This is interesting lol good idea with an interesting execution with that tie rod
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Got it all mounted up and plumbed. Drives great! It really does act as a super steering damper 😋 dont feel any bumps in the steering wheel!
The boost is nice at slow speeds. Heading out for a week long off road adventure the end of June. Ill report back on how it held up and worked.
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