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Unread 10-22-2009, 02:04 PM   #1
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astro steering box

I've seen that this is a bolt in replacement for TJs and YJs... but does it bolt into a CJ as well?

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Unread 10-22-2009, 02:28 PM   #2
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Unread 10-22-2009, 02:31 PM   #3
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Mike he's asking about steering boxes, not brakes.

The Astro box is only useful if you push your front axle forward so far that you need a forward facing pitman arm. It is the opposite rotation as a CJ box and if you use it without a forward facing pitman arm your steering wheel will go left but you will turn right and vice versa (assuming that you can even attach the drag link to the pitman arm).
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Unread 10-22-2009, 03:52 PM   #4
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i understand that... but does it bolt in the factory location? and shaft?
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Unread 10-22-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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I was looking at them this week...If you are pushing the axle forward 4-8" it'll bolt to the saginaw mount in a CJ...but....
The high pressure hose is an O ring at the steering box, and likely flare at your power steering pump...so you'll need a custom hose. You'll need a joint at the steering box and cut your old shaft and sleeve it with some 1" DOM to fit it to the astro box. Those joints are not cheap ($80) for the scout one I bought.

I went with a scout box outside the frame, and if you can weld and stand drilling 3 BIG holes in your frame, it's a better choice IMO. It gives you a short steering shaft to the column, and you can use your factory power steering lines. You can mount it where you want to deal with anywhere from 2" stretch to 12" stretch.
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Unread 10-22-2009, 09:47 PM   #6
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this is new to me..... pics?
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Unread 10-22-2009, 09:50 PM   #7
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Pics of the scout box? I'll grab some tomorrow. I don;t have the astro box because of the reasons mentioned above.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 08:17 AM   #8
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The high pressure hose is an O ring at the steering box, and likely flare at your power steering pump...so you'll need a custom hose.
Not likely a need for a custom hose. Any CJ that's 1980 and newer is also O ring. ksheffer08's profile shows an '81 CJ, so his existing hoses should be fine.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 06:44 PM   #9
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Here's the scout box on the outside of the frame. Frame is plated and sleeved with 3/4" DOM for 1/2" bolts. A new borgeson joint at the box and cut and sleeved the factory shaft to the steering column. Using stock waggy flare fittings for the high pressure hose.
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