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post #16 of 29 Old 01-21-2007, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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The long arms are a big help. What are you running as far as caster? I have my antisway bars beefed up with addcos. That is a big help, if not at this height level the stock bar takes a big load and flexes easily. I believe with it (antisway bar) flexing down a road going at a high speed would allow the back end to swerve around on the coils, and bouncing would allow the trackbar to let the body move side to side above the axle. I drove behind the zj the other day down the highway and I could visually see the back end moving laterally back and fourth when hitting bumps in the road. I blame this on the rear trackbar angle, antiswaybar endlinks too short, and worn control arm bushings.


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post #17 of 29 Old 01-21-2007, 08:37 PM
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I am running the stock sway bar and will upgrade to the Adcos. I had Teraflex disco's but I had to cut the lower mounts and reposition them for the tie and drag link. This moved them up and few inches and caused the sway bat ends to angle way up. I put the old ones back on and it seemed to help. I was going to cut down the Tera's but I'd have to take 3&1/2" out of them. I think this will make them very short and I'll have trouble disconnecting them. I guess I'll get then ew bars first and then see. Are the adco's available from KOR again? I know they were hard to get for a while

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post #18 of 29 Old 01-22-2007, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Swapped in a waggy box today. Out of a 83 wagoneer 360. Everything bolted up proper until I got to tightening down the pitman arms 1 5/16" nut. Apparently it is a different thread count or something because the ZJ nut would not thread on. So I had to disassemble everything again and I swapped in the stock box again.
Come to find out advanced auto sold me another bad box. The pinion nut is fine, and the threads were trashed all the way up the shaft. I didnt notice it yeseterday due to aggravation. I brought the beating stick with me and they took the waggy box back full refund, then they took my zj box as a core after I told them that it is what they are getting, and they gave me a new durango box. I also picked up a new power steering pump and exchanged my SS's for new. Everything is installed and it runs great. Got about a inch of snow tonite so I was testing out how bad the baja claws are on ice. After some doughnuts I found that my throttle cable is still sticking . I may replace the cable to get it out of the picture but I dont think thats the case.

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post #19 of 29 Old 05-30-2009, 06:37 PM
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Good write up. Keep in mind, on the WJ you have to move the windshield washer reservoir out of the way to get to the 4 steering box bolts. You have to drop the stabilizer bar to get the reservoir out of the way.

I couldn't get the pitman are off on the vehicle. I had to put it in the vise and used puller, torch, and large hammer simultaneously.


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Post has been slow for a little while so I thought I would ask for an update on how the new box is doing? Steering issues fixed? The reason I ask is I just bought a 98 ZJ 4.0 that has a junk stock box in it, wanders something terrible and everything is good except for play in the box. It's bone stock right now but will be on 35's in the future. No point in buying an OE box that will need to be upgraded later. What years and engine size Durangos will fit my 98 so I can order a new box for it?
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post #21 of 29 Old 07-17-2009, 03:50 AM
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I installed a waggy box . It is no different that the stock box except the 4 th bolt hole . Mine is crap , I don't like it . It has more play than the stock(rebuild) which will be going back in . The waggy is going back for a replacement under warranty and will remain in the box until the other grenades .

If your steering box isn't leaking from the output shaft , and has play , follow the instructions for the bench adjustments before wasting money on a new box http://dodgeram.info/tsb/1997/19-10-97.htm
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post #22 of 29 Old 07-17-2009, 04:16 AM
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Gunth has not post it in almost a year here. I wonder what happened to him.

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post #23 of 29 Old 12-09-2009, 12:44 PM
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^ too bad. i thought the durango write-up was a good one. i'd like to know how the durango box worked out in the long run (feel, etc.) ...

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post #24 of 29 Old 02-26-2010, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Durango box is still holding up pretty good no issues with 35's. Everythings been great since the new box and currie currectlync steering. Been off the road for a year now though. Never figured out my sputtering issue. Bought a house and a tj so its been on the back burner. Should get it back on the road soon. I log in here every now and then to check pms but without being a member i only get 3 pms and theyre usually 1 bogus question and 2 from the mods about resigning membership.

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Good to hear from you Gunth - don't be such a stranger

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Stick around man! thats a good write up you did. We need more guys like you around here.
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post #27 of 29 Old 02-26-2010, 09:00 PM
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Dont forget Durangos and Dakota are basically the same vehicle, a Durango is just a suv version. Im gonna do this since i got a half stirpped Dakota in the shed with a box. yay for me!

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Hi guys.
Will the durango box work on a 92' yj?

Just drove down from canada to a buddies in south cali and I need to do a LOT of work on my jeep. Figured I would do this replacement while I'm at it.
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post #29 of 29 Old 05-01-2014, 09:16 AM
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Yes it should, I threw a yj box in mine after I broke the Durango box

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