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Unread 03-11-2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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TJ Steering box leaking

A friend of mine has a 97 TJ. His steering box is slowly leaking fluid.. do you think it would be best to find a seal kit and take it apart, or just get a new steering box? I have heard you can use a Durango steering box, is this true? Is there any other steering boxes we could use from a junkyard?

Where can a guy buy one online for a decent price? Quadratec wants almost $400.

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Unread 03-11-2007, 04:08 PM   #2
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Any auto parts store has the stock TJ box for under $200 possibly $150 I believe.
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Unread 03-11-2007, 09:03 PM   #3
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try to find where its leaking from.. when i had mine leaking i was advised to replace it got a new one for a little over 100 bucks , was told if i tryed to rebuild it most likely in short time it would just start leaking again.
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Unread 03-11-2007, 09:07 PM   #4
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Ya the durango is the way to go.... direct bolt in and better for big tires.

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Unread 03-11-2007, 09:39 PM   #5
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mine has been leaking and after JV its way worse. I have heard everyones view on the Durango box and stock. I looked into this also and im not sure its worth that much moeny for a stock durango power steering box. I think your drag link and tie rod will give out before your box does. im no expert and am also curious how well the durango box really works over a stock TJ box. hopefully you can get some good feedback! good luck!
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Unread 03-11-2007, 09:44 PM   #6
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so have you replaced your steering box yet
if so did you use the durango steering box or the stock one
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Unread 03-11-2007, 09:45 PM   #7
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weird, i just did mine today... replaced it with a stock one though, it was only 140 with warranty so i figured what the hell.....

smashed my thumb and have 2 blood blisters....hurt like crap
my steering shock stabilizer bolt stripped....
broke 3 pitman arm pillers before getting smart and busting the torch out...


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but yeah let some pb blaster sit on all the bolts over night before wrenching <it helps with busted thumbs and broken bolts from rust> everything it pretty simple, have fun!
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Unread 03-11-2007, 10:00 PM   #8
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A friend of mine has a 97 TJ. His steering box is slowly leaking fluid.. do you think it would be best to find a seal kit and take it apart, or just get a new steering box? I have heard you can use a Durango steering box, is this true? Is there any other steering boxes we could use from a junkyard?

Where can a guy buy one online for a decent price? Quadratec wants almost $400.
175 bucks online and 4 hours of work including fluid refill. I am NOT a great mechanic and it installed easy. I also followed a STU Olsen write-up
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Unread 03-11-2007, 10:44 PM   #9
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no have not replaced mine yet. I just dont have any extra cash right now. eventually i will and will for sure when i get 35s.
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Unread 03-12-2007, 05:57 AM   #10
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I opted to change the seals on mine when it was leaking. Easy enough to do and it hasn't leaked since. Got the seal kit from the dealership.
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Unread 03-12-2007, 06:17 AM   #11
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The Durango box works well. There are two different Durango boxes. Here is a link to my findings when I performed my swap.

http://www.marylandjeepclub.org/phpB...hlight=durango
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Unread 03-12-2007, 09:24 AM   #12
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I'm having the same problem. Has anyone had a local mechanic replace it for you? If so, do you remember what they charged for labor? I've been reading about many people that have had trouble with the bolts (and or the nuts welded to the frame) breaking and honestly don't feel like dealing with that...
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Unread 03-12-2007, 09:35 AM   #13
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I'm having the same problem. Has anyone had a local mechanic replace it for you? If so, do you remember what they charged for labor? I've been reading about many people that have had trouble with the bolts (and or the nuts welded to the frame) breaking and honestly don't feel like dealing with that...
If you PB Blast everything real good a day or two before you start the project, you shouldn't have a problem.
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Ya the durango is the way to go.... direct bolt in and better for big tires.

Write up on durango swap
Will this swap work on a manual tj?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:56 AM   #15
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Will this swap work on a manual tj?
Durango swap works on any pre 2003 TJ.
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