Sam's Offroad Heavy Duty Steering Box Bracket
Despite the fact that we consistently write about large tires being all the rage and that you need them if you plan to run extreme trails, most Jeep owners' mechanical woes are easily solved by staying with the skinny stock rubber. It isn't how we'd solve our own problems in this manner, but we speak the truth in saying the best way to avoid breaking parts is to avoid activities that break parts. Because most CJ owners don't heed this warning, preferring instead to beef up their rigs with tall springs and the biggest, heaviest tires around and then beat them up on extreme trails, stock parts tend to break, particularly steering components.
Always on top of the game, Sam's Offroad in Tulsa offers its Heavy Duty Steering Box Bracket for Jeep CJs. The bracket is a one-piece design constructed from 0.5-inch-thick plate steel that replaces the two-piece stock bracket. The 0.18-inch-thick stamped steel stock brackets may have been enough to withstand the push and pull of the factory wheel and tire package, but once weighed down with 33-inch or larger meats, a broken bracket or cracked framerail is often the result. The Heavy Duty Steering Box Bracket from Sam's Offroad remedies this common problem.
Installing the new Sam's Offroad
bracket requires one hole to be drilled in the frame. The remaining connections use factory holes. The bracket comes with detailed installation instructions and all the necessary hardware, including Grade 8 fasteners and spacers. Installation takes about two hours, depending on degree of skill and availability of pneumatic tools and a vehicle lift. Once installed, the bracket should offer fail-safe protection against the steering box coming loose from the frame and possibly creating further damage to the related components.