We do not provide instructions for products that are remove and replace products, such as coil springs, shocks, control arms, shackles, end links, etc. If you have specific questions about the installation of those items, please call or email, or consult the factory service manual.
- 2nd Gen Steering Brace 1994-2002
- 2nd Gen Steering Brace Install Video
- 3rd Gen Steering Brace 2003-2008
- 4th Gen Steering Brace 2008.5-2017
The Most Common Install Issue
By far, the single biggest question we get is about our T style steering kit. If you do not read the instructions and install it exactly as we have described, you will have problems with bumpsteer, play in the steering wheel, and you may end up breaking a pitman arm bolt or breaking the pitman arm itself. If you don't orient the tie rod correctly, it can create all three of these issues. As long as you bolt the tie rod up so that the bend goes out directly in front of the axle, not down towards the ground, and as long as you set your heims so they are not binding up when you tighten the jam nuts, then you won't have any issues and the steering will be much tighter than factory steering. You do have to check the hardware after a couple hundred miles to make sure everything has stayed tight after install. New hardware always loosens up because it stretches, and it has to be retorqued. If you can't keep your jam nuts tight, use red Loctite once the truck has been aligned. And, as the instructions say, do not use an impact wrench on the tapered bolts! They need to be hand-torqued to spec - these aren't some Chinese-made junk TREs, they are solid pieces of 4140 chromoly that are machined on a HAAS CNC lathe to aircraft quality tolerances, they are extremely strong and well-built. Using an air impact on these bolts is asking for trouble because there is no way to monitor the torque, and the vibration can cause the Grade 8 nut to jump threads. If you decide to go against our advice and use an air impact anyway, if you break a bolt and need to get your truck back on the road immediately, you can drill the pitman arm or knuckle out with a 3/4" drill bit and run a Grade 8 bolt instead of the tapered bolt. This is a 20 minute fix that will last forever, and with Grade 8 hardware you can use air tools all you want. :-)