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Old 04-10-2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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Installing a new steering box

My steering box is leaking. First question is how hard of a fix is that? Second question would just going with OEM part be fine or are there upgrades out there?

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You can fix that seal that is leaking. I think the issue of difficulty depends on if it is the top or bottom seal. I hear that one of the them, not sure which one, is easy and other is hard. The same thing is going on with my Jeep and I was advised to replace the steering box rather than replacing the seals. I have started using a brand of steering fluid that has an additive that aids in stopping leaks and it has worked for me. You may want to try this, hope that helps.

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My steering box is leaking. First question is how hard of a fix is that? Second question would just going with OEM part be fine or are there upgrades out there?
there are a few upgrades that you may do but the cheapest upgrade would be the 97-99 dakota or durangos steering box it bolts right in it has a different ratio or turns a little easier especially with 35's
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Mine leaks really bad too. Look like the top seal where the linkage goes in, but the hoses are also soaked in oil.

Which seal is the easy one to replace?
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there are a few upgrades that you may do but the cheapest upgrade would be the 97-99 dakota or durangos steering box it bolts right in it has a different ratio or turns a little easier especially with 35's
So I could just goto a junkyard and grab one? Sweet.
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also depends on what year wrangler you have... the following is copied from our local arizona jeep forum...

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Just a lil FYI, the Durango box doesn't work on newer TJ's..... If you have an 2003 or newer this swap won't work. You can thank the DC merger for that one. They switched boxes to a Benz box with a different bolt pattern. Kent and I found this one out the hard way after we had already swapped out his core for a Durango box. The Benz box is also ~$600, if memory serves me correctly. (anyone who knows me, realizes that my memory may not be what it once was....)
Jsut something to think about if you have an 03 and up TJ.

Just a note: If you look on Terron's first post, you'll see that the link for the AGR boxes lists parts for CJ's and TJ's up to 2003. Now, you know why....
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So I could just goto a junkyard and grab one? Sweet.
yep
but just like ygohome said it wont work in the 03 or newer tj (I forgot to mention that)

but if you can use one its a cheap fix for a little upgrade
I ran across the info from thinking of doing a hydo assist steering but the arg steering is to much even the arg steering gear upgrade is to much
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Mine is a 99.
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Mine is a 99.
your set then
I cant remember if it had to be the dakota/durango with the V8 or if they are the same
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Thanks alot guys.
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from what I hear you will like the dakota box swap
let us know what you think after you do this

http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...ht=durango+box

http://www.jeeps-offroad.com/forum.php?page=durango-ps
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This is good info. Please post pics and descriptions when you are done.
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Just called the junkyard. I can pick one up for 100 bucks. I guess I have plans for saturday now.
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This is good info. Please post pics and descriptions when you are done.
look at the link above it has pics of the swap
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Just called the junkyard. I can pick one up for 100 bucks. I guess I have plans for saturday now.

let us know what you think after you do the swap
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You can also use an S-10 box it also bolts right up.

For a short term fix you can just put a little brake fluid in your PS resevoir. It will swell up the seal a bit.

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