Dodge Off Road
Dodge Off Road Steering Brace - 4th Gen 08.5-12Dodge Off Road
Made from all 1/4" steel with 1/4" wall 2" x 2" square tubing as the backbone, the DOR 4th gen steering brace is a whopping 10.25 lbs of solid steering-support awesomeness. The concept is simple - don't fight what you can't control. There is not a steering brace on the market that will prevent frame flex at all, so what happens with all other steering braces is the frame twists and then the brace twists with it, putting that lateral motion directly into your steering box sector shaft thanks to the brace. Our braces are one-sided so they do not tie the frame rails together, thus preventing frame flex from ever affecting your steering box! This allows your steering box to be supported like it should be, without outside forces interfering. It's a very simple concept that we came up with years ago and have perfected over time. Even if your truck doesn't seem to have frame flex, why take a chance at ruining your expensive steering box when our brace is less expensive than other options and provides better support than a standard frame-to-frame brace? You gain nothing by running a frame-to-frame brace, because they do not stop frame flex and they are not easier to install. They are typically more expensive and use thinner materials with less support. This brace works on all trucks, from daily drivers to rock crawlers and everything in between. You do not have to have a rock crawler to experience the problem of frame flex. It happens everytime your truck is not on flat ground. Your frame is two 18' long pieces of steel that are connected with various crossmembers every so many feet - there is no way that a piece of steel that long will not flex. 3rd and 4th gen trucks are much better than 2nd gens, but it still happens. Take a look at your body lines sometime when you park on an uneven surface, or go flex your truck and try to open the tailgate or doors. It becomes more difficult because things don't line up perfectly when the truck has some twist to it. Frame flex exists in every day situations.
Our 3rd/4th gen brace works on all models including the Power Wagon, and bolts up in minutes with all new Grade 8 hardware (you reuse the factory steering box bolt). The bearings are high quality and greaseable for years of service, and are easy to replace when that day comes. We are the only company that uses stainless steel sector shaft extensions, rather than mild steel that is coated. Coatings wear off over time, but our stainless shafts will last forever and look good doing it.
For years, we've heard nay-sayers claim that the one-sided brace is a gimmick because the 3rd and 4th gen trucks do not have frame flex. Even if this were true, why would you buy a more expensive frame-to-frame brace that uses inferior materials, if our brace does the job, is easier to install, and does a better job of securing the sector shaft? Frame-to-frame braces do work, and we've used them ourselves for many years. The reason we came up with the single-sided brace is to get around the issue of frame flex, which was causing steering boxes to wear out just as fast as they were without a brace installed. If frame-to-frame braces work so well, then it seems like steering boxes wouldn't wear out once those braces are installed, right? What we experienced first-hand, and by talking to many people over the course of 10 years, is that while their steering was tighter when the brace was first installed, about a year or two later they were replacing the steering box again, which is about how long the box would last prior to having a brace on it. Many times, the boxes were leaking from the sector shaft, which is a telltale sign that the sector shaft is grinding on it's seal. Time will tell how much better our brace is at preventing that issue, but we can say that we've been building the one-sided brace since 2012 and we have yet to learn of anybody who installed it with a brand new box and has had to replace the box, unless the steering box was faulty or was damaged in a wreck. On our 2005 Power Wagon, we installed a Borgeson steering box and our DOR brace at the same time back in 2013, and even on 37" tires (and now 41" tires) it is still running the same steering box with no noticeable slop in the box. We have many, many customers that have told us the same thing. So again, if our brace does the job and costs the same or less, why wouldn't you give it a try instead of the typical frame-to-frame brace? You'll get a brace that is easier to install, uses much higher quality materials, and works on all steering boxes and sway bar setups. There is not another brace on the market that is as universal as ours, and that is because we built it to be this way. Most companies making these frame-to-frame braces barely have any experience with Dodge trucks, and they make parts for a bunch of other vehicles too. All we do is Dodge Ram parts, and that's all we've ever done. When you buy from us, you are buying from people who drive Dodge trucks and have tried out all of the other braces on the market. You're buying from a company with far more experience than anyone else. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime.