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post #1 of 7 Old 02-19-2020, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Power Steering Gear Box

Quick note - it's been a while since I've posted, but continue to frequent the forum and learn from all you guys. I'm not wishing the years away, but when the kids are gone and I'm not spending all my time running them around, I have an endless list of projects I'm anxious to tackle on the ol CJ.


I had a power steering leak (coming from the input shaft on the gear box) that's had started out slow....but continued to worsen. I debated - about trying to rebuild with o-rings and seals....but opted to a refurbished unit. I was concerned that I may spend a week with the box on the bench, only to put it back in and still have something leak. I purchased the part through Rock Auto - and after the core return was right around $100.


Took about 2 hours, maybe 3 start to finish with cleanup and bleeding the system. One thing I had not counted on ....was the HUGE difference in the steering. Since I bought the Jeep several years ago, I had gotten so used to the "slop" in the wheel I barely even noticed it. On my first test drive around the block, I was blown away - almost put her in a ditch. I jokingly call it a porsche in the way it handles.....but compared to what it was, it's a night and day difference.


Overall, a very easy, inexpensive, and worth-while upgrade for any of you guys that deal with leaks or sloppy steering. A pic below of the leaky gear on the bench. Cheers! Bring on the spring time no top Jeep weather!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-19-2020, 10:39 AM
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Can you put the link to the steering gear box in this thread? I may be interested. Is it the OEM gear box or something borrowed from another vehicle and retrofitted to the CJ?

I want my two dollars!
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I can't remember exactly which part I ordered, I have it all in a folder at home. It may have been this one: https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...81360&jsn=2172

If you go to RockAuto.com, and follow the tree for the year, make, model, etc....it should take you right to it. My CJ is an 86, and it was a direct bolt on and go. I can't really speak to how it will hold up - I don't do alot of wheeling, but the initial improvement was amazing. It's been a month or two since I installed it, and haven't had any leaks / problems.

It seems that folks were having trouble finding the H1 box....or other options for upgrades. This seemed really straightforward and a good way to solve my leak issue....with some added drive-ability improvements - so I thought I'd pass along.
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An "H1" box is nothing more than a post 1980 Saginaw 808 box. Your stock CJ box is a Saginaw 800, which is still nothing to sneeze at. The 808 is commonly known as a "big bore" box.

Best website I've found to date summarizing the differences in some of the popular Saginaw box's below. Very insightful.

https://leepowersteering.com/pages/h...entify-gearbox
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Thx for the link - I continue to be amazed at all the knowledge out there - you guys are great!
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An "H1" box is nothing more than a post 1980 Saginaw 808 box. Your stock CJ box is a Saginaw 800, which is still nothing to sneeze at. The 808 is commonly known as a "big bore" box.

Best website I've found to date summarizing the differences in some of the popular Saginaw box's below. Very insightful.

http://leepowersteering.com/pages/ho...entify-gearbox
interesting article.
Thanks Shawn
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An "H1" box is nothing more than a post 1980 Saginaw 808 box. Your stock CJ box is a Saginaw 800, which is still nothing to sneeze at. The 808 is commonly known as a "big bore" box.

Best website I've found to date summarizing the differences in some of the popular Saginaw box's below. Very insightful.

https://leepowersteering.com/pages/h...entify-gearbox
808 also used on full size jeeps. A rebuild kit is less than $20 including bearings, so if you find one in the yard, don't be afraid of snagging it and have a go at rebuilding.

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