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Unread 07-26-2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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Steering Box rebuild help!

I picked up a rebuild kit for my steering box (before I read on herre to upgrade instead of rebuild), and even though I'd like to replace the stocker, I dont have the money right now, and I already have the rebuild kit. I have always done all my own repairs, but after seeing the rebuild kit, it has got me nervous (so many seals, orings and other stuff), has anybody got a good guide for rebuilding the stock gear? also I couldn't get the pitman nut off (using truck tools), can I rebuild it without removing it? Thanks

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Unread 07-26-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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Save your self the headache.....buy a rebuilt from Auto Zone for 150 beans.

Someone else started a thread earlier today, check it out...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/po...-done-1244588/
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Unread 07-26-2011, 12:16 PM   #3
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If you really insist on changing the gaskets and not buying the rebuild gear, make sure you have the step by step instructions on the rebuild. PM me if needed.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 12:38 PM   #4
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I'd just bite the bullitt and visit PSC with a CC and be done with it . I know it sucks but it even worse dumping money into something else then going to PSC afterwards. http://www.pscmotorsports.com/86-02-...ring-gear.html
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Unread 07-26-2011, 02:32 PM   #5
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As stated in the post, I don't have the money for a swap or a reman, and I already have the rebuild kit, so why not do it and get a couple months or maybe longer out of the stocker, and then upgrade when I can afford a nice one.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 03:02 PM   #6
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I just can't see spending half of what I paid for the whole jeep on an HD steering gear.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 05:00 PM   #7
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Follow the link in my sig to the online FSMs. I rebuilt mine with a full seal kit earlier in the year. You need the pitman arn off and the set up has to be done with the steering gear clamped in a vise and empty of fluid except what little was used to lube parts during the rebuild.

You probably won't need to do a complete rebuild. Just changing the seals at the input and pitman shafts should be ok. Ideally you will need a beam type inch pound torque wrench to measure the over center torque. I could probably do this on feel alone as I have rebuilt a few of this type steering gear before now.

Have a read of the steering section of the FSM and you'll see what's involved.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 06:26 PM   #8
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Hell of a deal finding a TJ $550. With that ability you should be able to find a new box for about ten bucks then. Good luck with your rebuild.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 06:54 PM   #9
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Hell of a deal finding a TJ $550. With that ability you should be able to find a new box for about ten bucks then. Good luck with your rebuild.
x2.....lmaol...good luck drummer
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Unread 07-26-2011, 07:05 PM   #10
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Be thankful. In my town, they wanted over $300 plus $100 core charge. I hopped on the bridge to the good ole u of s a and bought one at Autozone for $130 plus $15 core charge. Crazy the price difference. All said and done I saved $190 on one part.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 07:06 PM   #11
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Be thankful. In my town, they wanted over $300 plus $100 core charge. I hopped on the bridge to the good ole u of s a and bought one at Autozone for $130 plus $15 core charge. Crazy the price difference. All said and done I saved $190 on one part.
Canada! Gotta love it!
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Unread 07-26-2011, 07:37 PM   #12
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Hell of a deal finding a TJ $550. With that ability you should be able to find a new box for about ten bucks then. Good luck with your rebuild.
you're obviously stellar at math, the performance units (the only ones that apparently don't break on a regular basis) go for over $400 (http://www.pscmotorsports.com/87-02-...r-100-new.html) - if you double that, that is almost $100 more than I paid for my TJ. even the next step down is not much less than half of what I paid for my TJ

My local parts store (normally the best prices around want $317 + $175 core charge, even more at the bigger canadian parts stores)
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Unread 07-26-2011, 08:25 PM   #13
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Oh wow....That is it! I am moving to Ontario and opening an auto zone!
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