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Unread 07-27-2011, 06:27 AM   #1
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Steering Gear Box

I am looking at replacing my Power Steering Gear Box. My 96 ZJ is on its 6th! And I want to get to some off-roading and want something that will last and be strong. Anybody have any ideas on this? What mfgs, new or rebuilt, websites ect.. Be very helpful, thanks 'yall, I'm only 18 and just getting into this.

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Unread 07-27-2011, 07:59 AM   #2
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I am looking at replacing my Power Steering Gear Box. My 96 ZJ is on its 6th! . . .
What are you doing? Replacing them with junk from a junkyard? I replaced my original steering box at 220k with a remanufactured unit from NAPA. Even then, it was "preventative" replacement. The original box was still working fine but I wanted to minimize the chance of failure on the trail.
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Unread 07-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #3
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yah, agreed, im at 250k on my original box and its great after doing the steering box adjusments found on the FAQ page. why is it that you think you have to replace it?
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Unread 07-27-2011, 12:05 PM   #4
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Slap a KOR or FortCollins brace on it while you're under there too... The box will thank you for it.
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Unread 07-27-2011, 02:30 PM   #5
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Im on my 4, 1 stock 2durangos and im running grand wagoneer now with fortcollins brace, Also adjust your steering stops weld a nut on the end to prevent hyperextending the box that was my biggest issue
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Unread 07-27-2011, 02:47 PM   #6
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Im on my 4, 1 stock 2durangos and im running grand wagoneer now with fortcollins brace, Also adjust your steering stops weld a nut on the end to prevent hyperextending the box that was my biggest issue
yah, but most people dont wheel the livin piss out of theirs like you do
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Unread 07-27-2011, 02:52 PM   #7
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yah, but most people dont wheel the livin piss out of theirs like you do



I thought thats what it is all about
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Unread 07-30-2011, 01:00 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. The person who had the ZJ before me kept taking it to a shop filled with idiots....a shop that was truly an oil change/car wash. yeah not so good for big stuff. i had to throw in a junkyard box when it broke due to i was broke and had nothin to spend. now i got some money coming in so i will def get the box from NAPA since i know they have good parts and that brace from KOR is on my list. I cant find fortcollins parts anywhere tho for the steering box brace. any suggestions on how to find him? I really apperciate yalls feedback. helps so much. I'm in the middle of putting on my 3 1/2 inch lift right now so this truly helps!!
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Unread 07-30-2011, 07:40 AM   #9
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He is a member on here pm him to get hold of him i also suggest reading his build thread to sample some his work
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Unread 07-30-2011, 08:53 AM   #10
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FWIW, I am going to modify my steering box to feed a hydraulic assist cylinder and was asked by one of the providers which box I had. He said that the later Jeep boxes had moved the lower sector shaft bearing up to get the seal up inside the housing away from dirt. Doing this, however, created a longer distance from the bearing to the pitman arm, which is more prone to flexing and taking the seal out sooner. The added distance causes the sector shaft to be more prone to breaking. My Waggie box has the seal down at the bottom, so is the better of the two designs. I don't know where the change took place and neither did he. He said it was easy to see the difference by looking at the output of the sector shaft for the seal location. If it is at the "VERY" bottom, it's the better design.
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