This is the brace for the older PSC SG-850 or newer SG-852K1/K3 2nd gen boxes only. This part number ONLY fits those PSC boxes, it does not fit any other 2nd gen steering boxes (use part number 1001 for all other 2nd gen boxes). We haven't test fit it with the newest 851 box yet, we're not sure what has changed so we cannot tell you if the brace fits with that box or not.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a K3 box that came with sway bar relocation brackets, this brace WILL NOT FIT! The newest revision of the K3 box only comes with frame spacers, our brace works with that version and other versions that do not use sway bar relocation brackets. If your sway bar has been moved forward to clear the box, our brace won't work. You can either go without a sway bar or go without our brace, there is no other option. If you aren't sure which version you have, call or email us and we can help you figure it out. There are multiple versions under the same part number. Some came with a pitman arm and TRE, some with sway bar relocation brackets, others with just frame spacers and no pitman arm. We've done our best to keep up with all of the changes, but we do not have a brace for the version that uses sway bar relocation brackets.
If you buy this brace and don't have one of the PSC boxes listed above, you are responsible for returning the brace and there is a 20% restocking fee to swap out to the correct one for your box. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN ACTUAL PSC 850/852 BOX BEFORE YOU ORDER. We've had many people buy trucks where someone told them it had a PSC box, it turned out they didn't, and then they're upset with us because the PSC brace doesn't fit a non-PSC box. We're giving you as much info as we possibly can up front about this. All PSC boxes have a part number and serial number tag on them, you should be able to use the serial number to find out which version you have. There were at least 5 revisions of the 852K3 box that we know of and we've managed to make a brace for all of them except the revision that included the sway bar relocation brackets.
The most effective and unique steering brace ever made for Dodge Ram trucks, the Dodge Off Road Steering Brace is our patented answer to the problems associated with Dodge steering boxes. The steering is setup is a push-pull system, where the steering box takes a horizontal load on the sector shaft that it was never designed to handle. This causes the steering boxes to wear out quickly and eventually start leaking fluid as the seals break down. The result is poor steering control, wandering, and sometimes death wobble.
Our steering brace supports the sector shaft and prevents it from moving side to side by using a large 2 bolt flange bearing that is greaseable and replaceable.
Other steering braces tie both frame rails in together, which allows the frame flex that is prevalent on Ram trucks to twist on the sector shaft as the brace itself is twisted. Ours is the only brace that does not allow frame flex to exert any force onto the steering box, thanks to it's unique one-sided design. We also use better materials than most brace manufacturers - all 1/4" construction, 1/4" wall tubing, a high quality bearing, and all Grade 8 hardware.
The brace is powder coated gloss black and comes with detailed instructions for installation, which usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. You will notice that your truck has tighter steering, drives straight down the road better than before, and you can also protect the steering box itself from future failures and impacts, since our brace is also designed as a skid plate. You simply cannot get this kind of quality and value from anybody else in the world.
How did we come up with this unique design? The answer is simple - we are Ram owners who were tired of sloppy steering. Other steering braces seem to fix the problem temporarily, but we found that they were actually wearing out our expensive steering boxes over time. We started to cut apart a normal brace and then added gussets, but it wasn't enough. Then he tied it in to the crossmember, created a skid plate in the process, and now we have the patent on single-sided Dodge Ram steering braces. This is the only brace that works as described, without damaging your steering box! You can only get this kind of ingenuity from someone who really knows Ram trucks, because we drive them. Call some other brace manufacturers and ask them what their daily driver is - 9 times out of 10, they are selling you something that they don't even use themselves.
All braces are test-fit on a 2nd gen frame before being sent out, to ensure that they fit every single time. We also have a full time welder who does nothing but steering braces, which is another way of making sure that the quality is consistent. These are backed with our lifetime warranty - break it, bend it, or otherwise damage the brace and we'll send you a new one. The bearing itself is a replaceable piece that typically lasts 3 to 5 years, sometimes longer if you keep them greased. We sell replacements for about $15 if you ever need a new one.
The brace is made entirely out of 1/4" steel, and our sector shaft extension is machined from 303 stainless steel. All other brands use a cheaper 1018 steel that is zinc-coated, but they still rust in a few months. All hardware needed is included and is Grade 8 (SAE) or Class 10.9 (Metric). You will reuse your existing steering box bolt.
For a lot more technical info on this brace, including an install video, please visit this link to our forum: http://www.dodgeoffroad.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=3892