Well hopefully I can be of some help since I've rebuilt a few boxes in my day.
First question how did the surface of the shaft look?
Any pits or a groove where the seal sits?
If it's not pitted or at least not bad you can clean it up with some fine emery cloth.
If there is a groove in the shaft you can install the seal a little lower or higher in the housing so the seal contacts a different spot.
Originally Posted by kevin A Whitler
It is hard to believe this many people have looked and read this post and no responses. I would think this would be an easy answer for those who know more than I do about Steering gear boxes. Come on folks, some of you have completely rebuilt your buggies from the ground up, share some of your knowledge please. It would be appreciated by more folks than just me. Ive learned a ton just reading responses to other questions.