Woo-hoo, I knew the PSC gear box was arriving today and I stopped at Advance Auto Parts for a 33mm socket with the plan to swap my steering gear boxes next Friday since I didn't have school that day. But my impatience got the better of me and I ended up swapping the gear boxes right when I got home. It was a very painless project and I am shooting myself for having the shop put in the Red Head a month or two ago. The steering is marginally better, less play in the input shaft of the steering gear box, and much easier to turn steering wheel (compared to the Red Head which required both hands).
There is no chance in hell that the shop that put the Red Head in tightened the pitman arm nut to the correct 185 ft lbs. It came off with an 18 inch long wrench, and I barely put any weight into getting the bolt off. So I learned one very important rule after finishing this repair, I will never ever bring my Jeep to a garage again. I just hate not knowing whether the shop did a good job, and I know for sure that I did a sufficient job.
I am pretty excited that I managed to do this entire repair myself, with no other training besides what I've learned on here. It's incredible, and because of the time and knowledge of people on here I ended up saving about $200 worth of labor costs.
I also think I am just going to embrace the way my steering is on my Jeep and love it for who it is. Not. I will be doing tie rod ends and control arm bushings as I find time and money, not to mention I still need to do the rear track bar bushings.
As for melk, I will sell the Red Head to you, but I would rather you go buy a PSC, or at least buy a remanufactured gear directly from Red Head. When I was pulling the pitman arm off I hit it with a sledge hammer a few times, and I don't know what that'll do to the gear box. Not to mention, I was not pleased with the performance I received from the Red Head, so why you would want to buy it is beyond me. If you are dead set on buying it, send me a PM.
One more thing, I guess it's a good thing the idiot that owned this before me put in front sway bar disconnects, they proved useful while working up in that area. Also, a tip for anyone trying this repair themselves, I got the fluid lines off and back on without removing the fan by removing the air intake assembly that snaps on top of the air filter.
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Edition 4.0L
3.55 axles, stock pretty much everything, except for a PSC steering gear and fuel injectors