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Old 06/22/12, 12:13 PM   #1
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4x4x2 Power steering box

I see that Jeffs BG along with Wild Horses offers a mounting bracket (plate) for the 4x4x2 steering box, has anyone used one or the other and what one would you recomend.
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Old 06/22/12, 01:25 PM   #2
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Where do you see the one Wildhorses sells? The only bracket I know of that they sell is the one for the 2wd box that goes on the inside of the frame.

http://www.wildhorses4x4.com/product..._Steering_Kits

The one that Jeff's sells was originally developed by West Coast Broncos and is the most common bracket used for the 4x4x2 box.

http://broncograveyard.com/bronco/i-...x-adapter.html

It's also common to simply drill new holes in the frame and don't use a bracket at all.

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Old 06/22/12, 02:46 PM   #3
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I have been using this for 6 years with great success.

http://www.wcb4x4.com/mm5/merchant.m...egory_Code=STR

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Old 06/22/12, 04:15 PM   #4
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You are correct Justin, after looking at it more I realized it is mounted on the inside, not the out side.
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Old 06/22/12, 04:43 PM   #5
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I am in the middle of doing my 4x4x2 box install and I used the frame reinforcement kit from BC.
http://www.bcbroncos.com/store/produ...roducts_id=331
Its not a direct bolt on, you have to drill 2 holes through the frame and remove the stock spacers inside the frame and replace them with some DOM spacers. The DOM spacers require customizing to fit also.

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Old 06/22/12, 05:16 PM   #6
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I have been using this for 6 years with great success.

http://www.wcb4x4.com/mm5/merchant.m...egory_Code=STR
I have this and also like it. Hasn't caused any problems at all. At the time I did it, I chose the bolt-on plate in case I ever wanted to put it back stock. After having this setup though, Oh no, there will be no going back.

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Old 06/22/12, 05:31 PM   #7
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I used the BC Bronco one and it fit great. Just put the bolts through the stock location and marked the other holes then drilled them. I kinda cheated and drilled the outside of the frame to the size of the spacers that come with the kit and beveled the edge of the spacer and burned them into the frame on one side. I still had to trim them a bit to get them to fit. Then I welded around the plate. Sorry only pics I have of it.
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Old 06/22/12, 06:49 PM   #8
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Thanks for the great responces guys, im starting to lean towards the WCB set up. Could some one tell me how far down approximitly it drops the box rather than mounting in the near stock frame holes and how much room does it give you for attaching the fittings for the pump.
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Old 06/23/12, 10:12 AM   #9
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Thanks for the great responces guys, im starting to lean towards the WCB set up. Could some one tell me how far down approximitly it drops the box rather than mounting in the near stock frame holes and how much room does it give you for attaching the fittings for the pump.
I made one small notch in the core support. Outside of that everything was easy and presented no challenge. I recommend attaching the hoses to the box before you bolt it in.

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Old 07/03/12, 09:51 PM   #10
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For those using the WCB/ JBG adapter plate, are you still running fenderwells? And if so did you have to dimple or notch the drivers side to make room for the steering shaft u-joint and shaft? I just put mine in and it looks like that will have to be done unless there's another trick?

Also, are you all running the non-indexed pitman arm too or is there a way around that?

Thanks, good info.
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Old 07/03/12, 10:27 PM   #11
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What ever you buy be sure to install new frame spacers. If not the bolts will pull through the frame

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Old 07/04/12, 11:08 AM   #12
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I recently bought the WCB adapter plate and it is drilled wrong to the box. I have 2 79 Bronco boxes and neither one of them will bolt onto the bracket. Did any of you guys have to egg out the box holes for it to bolt on? For the money spent it should bolt in without egging out the box bolt holes.

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Old 07/04/12, 01:18 PM   #13
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I used the WCB adapter earlier this year when I rebuilt the front suspension, but I bought it at least a year and a half, maybe two, years ago.

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Old 07/04/12, 02:50 PM   #14
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I ended up going with the JBG one, still waiting on it to arrive to my door. Has anyone mounted this by notching out the frame for this to fit in flush with frame rails, would be welded in along with still using the bolts, but just wondering what your thought are about doing it this way.
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I ended up going with the JBG one, still waiting on it to arrive to my door. Has anyone mounted this by notching out the frame for this to fit in flush with frame rails, would be welded in along with still using the bolts, but just wondering what your thought are about doing it this way.
If you were going to go to the trouble of notching out the frame, then why bother with the adapter? If you cut open the frame, move the holes and frame spacers to the proper position for the 4x4x2 box, reenforce the frame and be done with it.

I don't think it would be a good idea to just have the box bolted to only one side of the frame. Even the stock box mounting took advantage of the full structure of the frame. Imagine the box stressing just one side of the frame.

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