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Old 12-12-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Question New Steering Gear Box - go Durango or Stock?

I have to replace the stock steering gear box in the '02 TJ as it's leaking badly but I have been considering replacing (upgrading) it to the '99 Durango box for greater durability and quicker turning. The thing is I have no plans to run greater than 33" tires and I am wondering if the added expense. In my case - combo on/off road use, trail rides, nothing extreme.

Are folks happy with their Durango boxes? Worth it or any Regrets / Problems? Any feedback is appreciated... thanks.


Pricing excluding core charge:

Napa stock: $166.95
Napa Durango: $224.70

Autozone stock: $139.99
Autozone Durango: $187.99 Duralast

Advance Auto stock: $135.99
Advance Auto Durango: $179.99 Fenco
(- $50 w/coupon code)

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Old 12-12-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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If you have no plans to go bigger than 33", I'd just go with a stock steering box. I'd definitely go with the NAPA steering box, I wouldn't mount anything from Autozone.

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Old 12-12-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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Hope it's okay to post this link but think it sums it up the best... pretty informative:

Durango Steering Gear Swap

"If you have a stock TJ there is no real reason to do this swap.
The major reason for the Durango swap is due to the increased turning power provided by the larger internal piston which is better suited for Jeeps with larger than stock tires (34" or larger)"
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I'll be the odd ball, if you are changing a broken part, replace it with something better. Just because you don't have plans for anything larger than 33's doesn't mean that you will never put anything larger than 33's on. Especially hanging around this place
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:19 PM   #5
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I hear what you are saying SirGeorge...
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Stock: $108
Durango: $133
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I got my Durango box from a junkyard for 50 so I went with it and I like it not much of a difference that I can tell. I only have 31s but i had to replace it so why. It get the Durango one . And that link that pickncrew posted is full of all the info you'll need!
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I have connections at NAPA and get great prices but gave up on their steering boxes years ago on my pick up , it took 3 to get one right and it still didn't last , they are as hit or miss as any other parts store. I eventually went with PSC and have continued to use them on anything that needs a box
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I got my Durango box from a junkyard for 50 so I went with it and I like it not much of a difference that I can tell. I only have 31s but i had to replace it so why. It get the Durango one . And that link that pickncrew posted is full of all the info you'll need!
If you had bigger tires do you think you would notice I want to run37 and am getting my info together and. Am interested in the Durango box
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #9
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If you had bigger tires do you think you would notice I want to run37 and am getting my info together and. Am interested in the Durango box
Yeah I would guess if you put 37s on with the stock steering box then switched to a Durango box you would almost certainly feel a differance. But if you were to do that I wouldn't take the risk getting a junkyard one like I did
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Sorry, wrong thread. I thought this was new.

Is there no way to delete a post? Ive asked this a number of times and no one has answered.
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Sorry, wrong thread. I thought this was new.

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