IMHO fast steering in a lifted vehicle doesn't always work out to well. If it makes you feel better.. just get the non plow option. I got the one with the plow option and it steers like a race car to me.
Compared to the way it did steer BEFORE we put that box in... a racecar is a good analogy.
Originally Posted by Mean Max
I think I'll keep the YJ. But can I talk you into taking the wife?
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I'm gonna revive this one. I have a question about the snowplow option. You guys said the one with the snowplow option had a similar ratio to a YJ, but wouldn't that be more desirable with a locked front and 35" or bigger tires, relieving some stress on the pump?
I want to do this upgrade but im not sure which box to go with. I have 35's now and plan to go a few sizes bigger after the axle swap. All said and done it will be turning a full width spooled dana 60 with at least 38's (in a few years anyway)
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Just get the non plow for the faster ratio.
The durango tires were damn near 33's afaik.
The big thing (which I think was covered in this thread) is that the durango box has a larger piston bore. This puts less strain on the pump automatically for a given pressure. then factor in the faster ratio and you might be somewhere near factory stresses on the pump again.
SOooOOooo I'd have to still recommend the Durango, Non-Plow through '99 or when ever they switched over.
And like you said, build THAT into a hydro assist later.
...the snowplow option had a similar ratio to a YJ...
I agree. I don't know what the draw is here for the tighter ratio. The Durango is a LOT longer than the YJ, so a tighter ratio does not have the same effect. I don't feel like redesigning the steering geometry. I already have a 13" steering wheel, which is enough. If there is a wide ratio version, that's for me.
I'm going to bring this back up again.
I just picked up the Durango box today.
My steering stuff is shot, so I'm thinking about upgrading to the Rugged Ridge heavy duty steering conversion.
Will this allow me to adjust the link like the OP mentioned had to happen?
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I have the RR steering conversion (new rods and TRI's) and it is nice. But it didn't solve my entire issue. My TRI's were obviously shot so it wasn't wasted money. I am planning the 98-99 Durango upgrade this weekend. I think I will pull one from a salvage yard if I can. If not, I'm inclined to buy the snowplow version as JeeperDon suggested.