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Added frame gussets, now a new problem?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by sixty4, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. sixty4

    sixty4 Member
    from CT
    Messages: 73

    I added the frame gussets to my 97 silverado plow truck. I am happy I did! My new problem is when I turn the wheel over to full left or right I have a rub (not good). Can I just pick up a set of spacers for the front wheels? Not sure what to do?
     
  2. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,310

    Aftermarket rims? Bigger tires?
     
  3. sixty4

    sixty4 Member
    from CT
    Messages: 73

    The truck is bone stock. Same size tires as the originals. I just hate to have to knock off the gussets I welded on. They were even marked for me. Followed the thread and mounted them in the same spot as shown. Its just my luck!
     
  4. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    How bad do they rub? Do you think you could grind the outside edge of the gusset back enough to gain clearance? Make sure you get the edge smoothed off enough so it doesn't cut a tire. Should work.
     
  5. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Since you truck is the OBS, I'd bet you didn't put them in the right spot. The OBS needs 6 separate gussets if I remember correctly. Best bet is to PM B&B.
     
  6. sixty4

    sixty4 Member
    from CT
    Messages: 73

    Going down to the garage in the morning. Hard to tell how much to grind down, Maybe better than spacers going this route?
    Yup they are in the correct locations as shown in the original thread,thats why I am stumped.
     
  7. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    While it's in the shop, get it on a lift and make sure you don't have something loose in the steering that is allowing for more than required steering travel.

    Let us know what you find.
     
  8. watatrp

    watatrp Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    I have the gusset plates installed on my 96 Tahoe. I have a slight rub too. It's only when I have it turned to the left or right at full stop. I just learned not to turn it completely to the stop. Not a big deal for me.
     
  9. sixty4

    sixty4 Member
    from CT
    Messages: 73

    YIPEE!
    Ground down the bottom gusset and its perfect! Had to take it down 1/4", I was able to get in there withot removing the tire. Thanks all!!
     
  10. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Cool! We like happy endings.