i am thinking of replacing my old loose steering box on a 79 cj5 with a stronger one. i usully do mudding, not rock crawling etc. however, looking to get some heavy duty one as i run tractor tires on my jeep. which is the strongest steering box you would recommend for $500 - $700 price range.
Also, if you are that hard on your steering box, you might want to brace it if you haven't already. I know I have a rebuilt one and thought it was going out until I looked under the Jeep while someone turned the wheels and I watched it dance back and forth an inch or so. The CJ's aren't known for keeping accessories attached to the frame all that well.
Well there are two types I can think of off hand, the best is the HD mount that is in the first link. I have the rod style brace that is in the second link and would prefer the HD mount but in 3 years I have not had any problems with mine. It keeps the steering box from wandering when you saw the wheel. If you wheel remotely hard and haven't braced it, it likely moves a bit and you don't even notice. Sure made driving on the highway a whole lot less scary once I installed mine and made the sloppy steering much better.
yeah i see the point now..mine was dancing just like yours and altough i had tigtened them it still has got some play in it..anyway, i ll def. get one of those but what about the steering box? which one should i go with?
I just picked it up. I am on the look out for a steering shaft and pump bracket. Will update in a couple months when it is installed. Sorry, I coudn't provide any immediate pro's and con's. Do a search on the forum under AGR, there might be other threads here on the subject.
I can do anything, just give me instructions.