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Unread 06-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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1971 CJ5 Steering Box

Help guys my steering box needs replaced and I have not been able to find one anywhere. Any ideas would be appreciated. It is a 1971 CJ5 with a V6 three speed transmission. It is not power steering. Email me at ewaits@ec.rr.com

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Unread 06-28-2013, 11:56 AM   #2
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Help guys my steering box needs replaced and I have not been able to find one anywhere. Any ideas would be appreciated. It is a 1971 CJ5 with a V6 three speed transmission. It is not power steering. Email me at ewaits@ec.rr.com
Check Redhead steering gears online in Seattle.
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Unread 06-29-2013, 06:04 AM   #3
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Does the '71 use the same box as the '72? I got a new one for my '72 from NAPPA.
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Unread 06-29-2013, 07:24 AM   #4
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41-71 CJ's use a Ross steering box that is integral with the steering column-totally different from 72 and newer Jeeps.
There are rebuild parts available, but AFAIK no one sells rebuilt units.
The Ross box is a pretty primitive design dating back to the early 1940's. If you plan to keep the Jeep stock, it will be OK as long as all components are in good shape. If you plan a lift & big tires, you should consider a Saginaw steering swap-this is a common mod on early CJ's. Check out the pics here-
http://www.earlycj5.net/forums/showt...ease-add-yours!!
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Unread 06-29-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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Learn something everyday. I did not realize they used the same system for so long. The Redhead site list's from "70's" up, so I assume it's the saginaw box up. The link you provided is very insightful.

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Unread 09-09-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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Nuggie, how did things work out? I've got a 71 Cj5 withe the dauntless 225 V6 and the Ross box has started giving me some issues. Actually, the steering gets tight and when I try to force it I hear a loud creak in the steering column. Everyone says the box is wearing out... Not sure.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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I rebuilt my steering box with all new parts from Walks http://walcks4wd.com/fuel/fuel-pumps-kits-spacers.html

Here is the thread I used for the rebuild http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ho...1963-a-757027/
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Unread 09-09-2013, 12:56 PM   #8
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I replace everything onto Ross steering with Saginaw pulled off a 231 sunbird
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