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Unread 01-25-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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I need a new steering box, bad.

The one i have now is leaking from both seals and making popping noises. (not track bar) No bueno. I've thoroughly looked into possible replacements but getting mixed signals on what to get. I've read a lot about the Durango swap, but theres no way telling if I'll get a box that will need modding. I could go the route with another xj box, but I'd like the beefier box with my 32's. I don't to any serious off roading. It's my daily driver but I do take it out into the mud and rocks every now and then. I really dont want to spend more than 200$ on a box because I have a whole slew of things I have to replace on the front end.

So what should I do? Take the risk and buy a Durango box from a parts yard? Or get a refurbed one? Or just stick with another XJ box?

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Unread 01-25-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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I've heard mixed results with the Durango box. Not enough good things to convince me to swap to one. I'm in the same situation, with my factory box hating life. I'll be watching this...
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Unread 01-25-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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get a yj box, its got a 3.1 fixed ratio it has 4 holes instead of one but still bolts on with three of the holes are exactly the same as the xj. can be found in yj and the full size cherokees and cherokee waganeers and j10 and j20 trucks
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Unread 01-25-2013, 08:50 AM   #4
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get a yj box, its got a 3.1 fixed ratio it has 4 holes instead of one but still bolts on with three of the holes are exactly the same as the xj. can be found in yj and the full size cherokees and cherokee waganeers and j10 and j20 trucks
Never heard of doing this...
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Unread 01-25-2013, 09:02 AM   #5
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Me neither, but sounds.interesting. i still run a stock box on my xj with 35s. Still works fine.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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get a yj box, its got a 3.1 fixed ratio it has 4 holes instead of one but still bolts on with three of the holes are exactly the same as the xj. can be found in yj and the full size cherokees and cherokee waganeers and j10 and j20 trucks
I'll look into this. Is there a specific part # I should look for?
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Unread 01-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #7
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I don't know of part numbers I just went to a junk yard and pulled a steering box off a full size chero. Just search yj steering box. It'll show a bunch of threads mainly from naxja.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 10:24 AM   #8
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I did the Durango swap, it was a direct replacement minus the spacers I made from 1/2" inner diameter tube. You need the spacers to keep it of the sub-frame due to it's larger diameter. My old box was also leaking and had a dead spot, it fixed all that. It's bigger and stronger. Both hydraulic lines connected right up and the pitman was a direct fit also. $180 at Napa.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 12:01 PM   #9
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I did the Durango swap, it was a direct replacement minus the spacers I made from 1/2" inner diameter tube. You need the spacers to keep it of the sub-frame due to it's larger diameter. My old box was also leaking and had a dead spot, it fixed all that. It's bigger and stronger. Both hydraulic lines connected right up and the pitman was a direct fit also. $180 at Napa.
What box did you get? Can I get the year, model, etc? Nobody can ever post the same information and my box is hating life as well.

Thank you tons.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 12:25 PM   #10
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^^ Agreed. Every thread I've read has different models. Im about to just take my luck and order one from a 99 v8. But even if I get the box with the spacers inside, will it still be an upgrade?
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Unread 01-25-2013, 12:25 PM   #11
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Unread 01-25-2013, 12:30 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=Hudson;14851575]What box did you get? Can I get the year, model, etc?[QUOTE]

I got a 1999 Dodge Durango V8 (non snow-plow)

I didn't mention the non-snow plow because it easily confuse the parts guys.

Be sure to take your old box down to the parts store and compare the crap out of them before leaving. You can have them pop off the pitman arm from your Jeep box.

You'll need a foot of 1/2" inner diameter tube to make spacers and slightly longer GRADE 8 bolts and washers. Also, you might want to fab a piece of 3/16" plate between the box and frame rail for extra support, since this is a known weak area. Post if you need help constructing the plate.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 12:31 PM   #13
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Here's a really good write-up http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f51/dur...-upgrade-3805/ on a competing forum
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Unread 01-26-2013, 07:27 AM   #14
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Look like my warn bumber only covers one of the mounting bolts. What do i about the other two?

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Unread 01-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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The 3/16" plate and spacers would be on the other side. The bumper brakets shouldn't make a difference here, you'll just need to replace longer grade 8 bolts.
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