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post #91 of 144 Old 08-03-2010, 08:17 AM
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After using the Durango box upgrade for a while now, I am going to switch back to my Jeep steering box. Mine is a DD and I haul a boat every so often on the interstate. The Durango box just creates a little too much responsiveness for my driving.

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post #92 of 144 Old 08-26-2010, 04:10 PM
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yo just came across this which is awsome cause my steering bx took the biggest dump in the planet leaking power steering fluid like crazy!

i literally can turn the wheel all the way to lock on either side hit the gas and go in a circle without me holding the steering wheel lol.

id like to do this upgrade over the weekend but i seen i had to aejust the drag link. can this be done using the stock drag link or do i have to get a special one. if i do i might consider something else. however, if i dont have to purchase a different drag link how does one go about shortening it? i heard it was pretty easy. i appreciate the excellent writeup as well so i thank you for that
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post #93 of 144 Old 05-31-2011, 08:56 PM
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good write up i may be doing this soon.

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post #94 of 144 Old 06-01-2011, 12:08 PM
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I did mine last weekend, got one out of a 99 Durango. My stock box started going and was creating a "death wobble". I love the response, but I have to say right now mine has a little play in it. Probably just an adjustment. I am not worried about it considering I am changing out my front axle and steering with a D60 and high steer. For anyone who is considering this or needs to change their steering box, I highly recommend it!

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post #95 of 144 Old 06-02-2011, 12:41 AM
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My stock box keeps making puddles after I had to flat tow it last weekend through trails and then on the highway for about 100 miles. So quick question, is the stock box serviceable or should I just go ahead and go theough with this swap? Even before it was leaking, I had a bit more play than I wanted and I thought it was my lack of steering stabilizer, I guess the box was just on its way out the door.

Also, is the JB4x4 bracket NECESSARY, or is it more of an added precaution that I can intall later?
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post #96 of 144 Old 06-02-2011, 06:05 AM
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My vote is for you to do it. I didnt use the JB4x4 bracket as I am going through a D30/35 to D60/D60 axle swap. Maybe others can chime in if it is needed or recommended. I got my box for $75 from a local junk yard. Good luck.

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My stock box keeps making puddles after I had to flat tow it last weekend through trails and then on the highway for about 100 miles. So quick question, is the stock box serviceable or should I just go ahead and go theough with this swap? Even before it was leaking, I had a bit more play than I wanted and I thought it was my lack of steering stabilizer, I guess the box was just on its way out the door.

Also, is the JB4x4 bracket NECESSARY, or is it more of an added precaution that I can intall later?
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post #97 of 144 Old 06-02-2011, 06:56 AM
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Also, is the JB4x4 bracket NECESSARY, or is it more of an added precaution that I can intall later?
I'm not sure which JB bracket you mention, if their are more than one. I have their hi-steer bracket for the D30, have had it for years. Even though on opposite ends of the same rod, to me the two mods are unrelated. The gearbox is all about replacing a bad part with a better one. The bracket is just to correct steering rod angle issues associated with a SOA or other tall lift.

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post #98 of 144 Old 06-02-2011, 11:36 AM
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The bracket is just to correct steering rod angle issues associated with a SOA or other tall lift.
I am SOA, but I'm currently running the RRO histeer kit bringing angles back to stock. I probably will add that bracket, but probably just not right away. Thanks!
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I am SOA, but I'm currently running the RRO histeer kit bringing angles back to stock. I probably will add that bracket, but probably just not right away. Thanks!
If you already have the RRO OTT kit installed, there would be no need (or place to install it) for the JB bracket unless you are saying you want to remove the RRO kit. IIRC, the JB bracket only moves the drag link attachment point and leaves the tie rod beneath the springs. The JB kit helps correct linkage angles, but really isn't a true high steer set up.

EDIT: Sorry I just went back and read your original post. I didn't help very much with your question, huh? You can buy a rebuild kit to replace seals and such in your stock gear box. On the flip side, this Durango swap isn't very expensive, especially if you opt for the JY donor route. Your RRO OTT kit will work just fine with the Durango box, so no need to take it off and use the JB bracket, unless you just want to have that set up versus the high steer you already have.
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post #100 of 144 Old 06-03-2011, 07:18 PM
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FWIW, the cross reference shows

DODGE DAKOTA (1997 - 1999)
DODGE DURANGO (1998 - 1999)
DODGE DURANGO SLT (1998 - 1999)

as cross references so If you want to get one at the junkyard, you have another choice...

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post #101 of 144 Old 06-04-2011, 12:41 AM
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Hmm, I guess I was just confused as to what the jb bracket is. I was thinking it was an additional bar to help secure the steering box since the durango one uses 3 mounting points instead of the yj 4. I suppose I should read better. :P
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post #102 of 144 Old 06-06-2011, 07:49 PM
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Well, I tossed the Durango box in. Removal and install went pretty smoothly, and I'm pretty happy with the result. Thanks for the idea guys!
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post #103 of 144 Old 06-06-2011, 08:22 PM
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Hmm, I guess I was just confused as to what the jb bracket is. I was thinking it was an additional bar to help secure the steering box since the durango one uses 3 mounting points instead of the yj 4. I suppose I should read better. :P
That's the steering brace. Is it necessary because of the 25% decrease in bolt security? Now I know that the responsiveness can be higher with the Durango swap, but how much stronger is it? My stock box isn't holding up to the 35's I've got and I'm hoping this is the cure. '98 Durango w/plow option is closest to stock from what I've read, but is it stronger?
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post #104 of 144 Old 08-02-2011, 11:52 PM
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this is an awesome thread. i plan on going to the junkyard 2morrow and picking one up. thanks for the write up

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post #105 of 144 Old 12-13-2011, 07:24 PM
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This sounds like a no brainier!.. Sounds like a great solution to tighten up the steering, and will plan on doing this!
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