So, my steering gearbox went out and thanks to the write-up on here by "steve05ram360" I was able to swap mine out myself and save a boat-load. With the cash I saved, I picked up a Steering box brace from "Custom Diesel" on eBay for $127.00 shipped to my door (should help extend the life of my new gearbox and take some wander out of the steering.)
The Brace showed up nicely packaged and the work and welds all look top-notch! Can't see why anyone would spend 250 on the BD?
So, First thing's first: You must remove the nut and lock-washer off the sector shaft.
Here is the parts kit that came with the brace, everything you need and then some:
Next, I coated the sector shaft with anti-seize before installing the new nut and lock-washer supplied with the kit onto the sector shaft. This should be torqued to 185 ft. lbs.
Once that's installed, remove the 2 bold on each side (4 total) that attach the sway bar to the frame.
Then, slid the brace in place so the bearing hole lines up with the sector shaft nut and the 4 mounting holes align with the mounting tabs on the frame rails.
Once properly positioned, temp the four sway-bar mounting bolts in place by hand to ensure you don't cross-thread and maintain adjustability. DO NOT TIGHTEN COMPLETELY!
Next, the instructions tell you to use a hammer to get the bearing onto the shaft, but i found with some anti-seize, it slides right on.
Secure with supplied hardware. Once the bolts are tightened to 60 ft.lbs., use an allen's wrench to the the clamp on the bearing's internal race to the sector shaft nut. I would also take this opportunity to ensure the zerk fitting is tight (mine was loose) and grease the bearing.
Once all is tight, fully tighten the sway bar mounting bolts.
You're done! Make sure to take it for a test drive and re-torque everything in a week: