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Old 08-18-2010, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hydro assist or full hydro? Where and what to buy

I am almost done collect parts for my yj build. It will be a street legal rig on 42s and tons. Im just looking for some advice on steering... Should I go full hydro or hydro assist. If I go Hydro assist I will be running an astro box. It will see street time so that is why I am asking. I would like to be able to drive it to URE which is about an hours drive for me. It will be towed every place else. Any input on which to run and where to buy what. I would like to get this together asap
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Im one thats against full hydro on pavement. Just a matter of opinion thats all.

A properly set up and maintained full hydro set up will perform great. I just dont like the thought of there even 1/1,000,000,000th chance of somethin going wrong. Especially with the hot chick and her friends in the SUV next to me when this happens. Or the old lady and her 3 grandkids. Tho Id be shocked to see my rig see over 750 miles a year street, I still immediatly knew I wasnt going full cause of "the chance". Again....just my opinion.

Of course you can always go with the big brand stuff and pay big bucks or you can check out these guys. https://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.a...c&keyword=HCD1

TONS of guys run these. I will myself. And FWIW I will run 40-42's on tons with assist. The ram, lines, and fittings I ordered (havn't run yet) was a measly $133. I will tap my own box. Search the board for Surplus Center. Lots of good threads.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Might want to check if full hydro is even street legal where you live first.
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if your gonna drive it on the street at all, go hydro assist. The linkage isnt as easy to set up, but at least you have double redundancy with 2 systems steering the front end. I have heard an aweful lot of stories lately of orbital valves crapping out and the like, and turning the wheel while the tires keep going the other way. that would scare the hell outta me!
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pretty much decided that I am going to run assist...now just need help decided what parts/kits or whatever to go with that is the most cost effective!
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pretty much decided that I am going to run assist...now just need help decided what parts/kits or whatever to go with that is the most cost effective!
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I vote Assist too, based on what you said already....Full hydro is cool and helps to make more flex, but in most cases its not street legal....Once we try to make these offroad vehicles street legal, we tend to loose alittle performance offroad...Its the nature of the beast I guess....

Anyways, I run PSC assist, no issues, if you set it up right you honestly wont even know you have it installed, it is NOT difficult to install....Trust me if I can do it anyone can...I think if you set your steering up for full hy-steer, it will be simple to install...I have pics if you need them...Hope it helps...
edit..here is a pic:

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I vote Assist too, based on what you said already....Full hydro is cool and helps to make more flex, but in most cases its not street legal....Once we try to make these offroad vehicles street legal, we tend to loose alittle performance offroad...Its the nature of the beast I guess....

Anyways, I run PSC assist, no issues, if you set it up right you honestly wont even know you have it installed, it is NOT difficult to install....Trust me if I can do it anyone can...I think if you set your steering up for full hy-steer, it will be simple to install...I have pics if you need them...Hope it helps...
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Are those RE spring over springs ? And what pitman arm is that ? Thanks Mike.
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full hydro here. psc kit.
no regrets.
it was much better on the street after I had the rig professionally aligned.
still.... if you see a lot of street time, you would prolly prefer assist.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Are those RE spring over springs ? And what pitman arm is that ? Thanks Mike.
Yes. and its a waggy arm...Check my posts for hy steer setup and you'll find some info if your trying to set this up on a YJ...Hijack over...

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