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A Synergy Brace Can Steer You Straight

Posted in How To: Suspension Brakes on March 2, 2017
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Dodge Ram trucks are available with some great features, including the legendary Cummins engine and solid front and rear axles. Like any vehicle though, they aren’t perfect. The six-cylinder Cummins engine weighs over 1,000 pounds, and that is before you add 3 gallons of oil and 6 of coolant. That is twice as much as an LS engine weighs, and all of that weight is the leading reason that these trucks suffer from death wobble. Ball joints, track bar bushings, and steering boxes have to contend with all of that mass. Add tall, wide tires and rims with minimal offset and the problems just get worse.

Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Since we need to cure 1,000 pounds, we wanted an equal amount of prevention for our 2014 Ram 3500. One call to Poly Performance had a Synergy Manufacturing steering box brace on our porch just a few days later. This brace places the pitman arm in double sheer and supports the sector shaft in the steering box with an additional bearing, reducing wear on the box. The brace also acts as an additional crossmember between the framerails to stiffen the chassis. Best of all, it can be installed in the driveway with handtools. In under an hour we had improved the strength and reliability of our Ram.

Ram has upsized the steering and suspension on the 3/4- and 1-ton trucks over the years. Our 2014 Ram 3500 uses radius arms (instead of a four-link) and a huge tie rod, but there is still room for improvement.
Synergy Manufacturing offers affordable steering box braces for all Ram HD trucks from 1994 to present. The company also makes braces for the 1994-2001 solid-axle Ram 1500 pickups. All the Synergy braces are laser cut and CNC bent for a perfect fit.
Double sheer is a stronger way to mount everything from suspension links to sector shafts, as it decreases the leverage and bending load on the component. A greasable pillow bearing is added to the end of the steering box sector shaft downstream from the pitman arm to reduce stress on the box.
These are all the tools required for the installation. The pitman arm required a 1 13/16-inch socket to get the nut off and a 1 3/4-inch socket for the new nut, which is not something most people have in their toolbox. We happened to have a 3/4-inch socket set, but if you do not you can use a large crescent wrench.
The Synergy steering box brace mounts to factory holes in the frame using the same mounting location as the front sway bar. Longer hardware is included to account for the thickness of the brackets. The brace is powdercoated black for corrosion resistance and long-lasting good looks.
The completed installation is hidden behind the factory bumper, so if you are looking for a big visual impact this upgrade isn’t for you. However, if you want to reduce the stress on your steering box and improve the steering response on your Ram in a matter of minutes, Synergy has you covered.

Sources

Poly Performance
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-783-2060
www.polyperformance.com
Synergy Manufacturing
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-242-0397
www.synergymfg.com

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