I'm real new here with a new to me '83 CJ7. I have leaking from my steering as well and wondered if you could explain how you determine whether the steering box, steering pump, and/or the hoses need to be replaced. The pump and box are both covered in fluid, its more caked on - on the pump and is dripping from the box. I have tried to find threads on how to pinpoint the issue without much success. Did you go with am OEM replacement or upgraded parts? Thanks.
Well, first, welcome to the club...I love my '83.
I'll be honest, my jeep was leaking from everywhere, so my mentality going into it was that I would replace what I could, as I could. I figure it is 30 years old, and for the price of the replacement, I might as well do it.
I decide on the H1 steering box just because it is variable, and I liked the idea of it being helped more once it gets a little ways off-center.
Also, while I was going to be taking the box off, it is probably a good idea to put a heavy duty brace on it. I've read about that cheesy OEM brace ripping off...and in fact, mine had a stress crack in it already.
Let me know if you need anything or have questions....
Another thing is to get ahold of it with some degreaser and a pressure washer...get all that caked up stuff off...might make it easier to see the issue.