Any Metal Fabricators here??

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  1. 14ers

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    I have a small problem with a tie rod mount on my bush vehicle. Curious if anybody here can help me out. I need someone that can reinforce a mounting plate for me without changing the spacing of the mounting holes. I bent mine today along with the tie rods and the plate can't be purchased without buying an entire steering column which is rediculously overpriced. So the idea is bend it back and reinforce it so it doesn't happen again.
    Here is a link to someone that did this exact thing so you can see what I'm talking about:2010 / 2011 Power Steering Tie Rod Plate Upgrade - Race Talk with...

    Please shoot me a PM if you can help, thanks.
     
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    the steering is one thing i'd try to keep to specs. i would buy the correct parts cheapest possible way, maybe the bay or something, but i would do that part of it right. good luck on cheaper fix!
     
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    If I can reinforce the existing plate for a minimal cost it will be better than OEM. I'm not really changing the specs, just making an existing mount stronger. Apperantly these plates are known to be weak and I could spend $1500 replacing the whole powersteering column and it could happen again on the next outing. The goal here is to make it better because factory specs obviously are not good enough. I've looked everywhere and spent some time on Can-am forums and those guys all agree this is the best fix for the weak mounting plate.
     
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    Curious, these kinds of things interest me. Got a pic of the thing now?
     
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    No I don't and it's dark out. I plan on pulling it tomorrow though so I can take a couple pics then. But the link I posted above has a pic of the reinforced one that guy did. Picture that only half as thick and bent on one side.
     
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    I'm really Surprised there's not an available aftermarket fix for this being it's a known issue. surprised the forum doesn't have a guy making them. Maybe MP could help you out or a local machine shop if you don't come up with something soon. Good luck, sucks to hear about this kind of thing as expensive as machines like this are they should be properly or overly engineered.
     
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    I agree, I expected to come home and order a new one, no problem. But no go! It's such a simple little part that has known issues, so yes I'm shocked there isn't an aftermarket one available. Maybe my googlefu is all used up from Christmas shopping.
     
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    I did have a blast snow riding all day though. It was worth the bent tie rod and tie rod plate. :4: That tree root just jumped out at me though!

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    Get some more pictures, of how it mounts, clearance, and such. I don't think just doubling up the plate is the right way to go about it. I'd want to fab up a new bracket, that's boxed with webbing. Or at minimum Web the original.

    ETA: What is the original made of?
     
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    I think the problem with fabricating a new one would be getting the cog teeth to line up right with the power steering shaft teeth.
    Not sure what steel it's made from as it's powdercoated. Carbon steel of some nature I would guess.
    I"ll get some pictures tomorrow.

    What is webbing?
     
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    Series of triangulated internal gussets. I always just call it webbing.
     
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    We've repaired parts like that on quads before. Press it out, weld up any cracks then reinforce. Surprisingly we've found a lot of parts that are cheap pot metal on quads, repairs can still be done though.

    If you just want a thicker plate welded to the backside of yours (like in the link) most any fab shop should be able to do that for you. Like Birdman said though gussets will be stronger if you've got the clearance around the part.
     
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    Just remember that if your now damaged part is stronger when done, the next weakest part in the system may need some help.
     
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    Id be happy to brace your old one for you if you sent the part to me, but id need to know how much clearance you have in that area. I know on some trucks ive built steering box braces, so maybe something could be engineered to brace the bracket as well as reinforcing it. Also those tierods look kinda wimpy. Anyway to upgrade them with a larger part or heims?
     
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    Pm me. I can do it. Its what I do for a living.
     
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    gotta love this forum, hey?
     
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    It maybe worth while to look on high lifter forums.
     

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