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Old 02-25-2019, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TJ steering box replacement

Just picked up a 2001 TJ for my son's first car. Steering box is leaking...looking to slap a reman unit in there from RockAuto. Is ACDelco a good unit or should I be looking at something else? This is pretty much for a street application - no need for anything upgraded at this time.

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Old 03-05-2019, 02:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get a Durango box

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Old 03-05-2019, 02:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Buying rebuilt steering boxes is a pig-in-a-poke. You never know which is good, until after installing.

I've had far better luck with buying a used OEM box.

That typed, I'm still fond of the PSC units. I've had good luck, and good customer service there.

The 'Durango' box was a two year run, where the Durango box was a 'bigger' unit that was a direct replacement for the TJ box. The mounting brackets, and everything interchange, but, the actual gears inside were bigger, making it more robust.

The new PSC units utilize this larger case / gears.

There are many aftermarket vendors selling 'reman' and 'new' steering boxes, and debating which is best is like the Toyota -v- Jeep debate. Nobody wins.. however, I still like PSC best, and think AGR is least.
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Something else about a used “Durango” box is that there are 2 different boxes, and you won’t know which one you have until you have it in your hands. West Texas offroad told me there is a Saginaw box and a “china brand” box. I do not know the differences other than their kit for the china box was ridiculously expensive because of the bearing on the sector shaft.

So if you are after a Durango box, try to find the Saginaw version, it should have the Saginaw logo on it somewhere.

S10 boxes are very similar internally, possibly the same, to a yj box, but I don’t know how similar they are to a tj box. Main difference between s10 and yj is 3 vs 4 mounting tabs.
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just be sure to stay away from anything from A1-Cardone. A1-cardone is sold thru most major auto parts stores such as NAPA, CARQUEST. Absolute junk.
I believe you can pick up a reman box by LARES for about 100.00 off rockauto.
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Old 03-08-2019, 06:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You could send your box to West Texas Offroad and they will fully rebuild it.
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Anyone know what it takes to rebuild???
Machining??? Or just seals and such???


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If your box is still tight you could pull it off and put new seals in the input shaft and pitman shaft in less than an hour. Order a seal kit from rockauto for about $14. No need to pull the big piston with all the ball bearings or any of that. Just mark the input, unscrew it, replace both seals and put it back the way you found it. Then take off the 4 bolts from the pitman adjuster, pull the shaft and replace both output seals and the gasket. Back off the adjuster put it together and use pliers to move the box while adjusting the screw back in until you get it as tight as you can without binding. Most slop I’ve seen in TJs is from worn steering joints or the mad design of the linkage itself. I think ruffstuff makes a nylon spacer for the linkage that helps keep it from rolling and takes out slop. They call it “the cure”.


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Same here, I recently bought a 99 TJ with a leaky box. I replaced it with a Redhead box. I can not say enough good about their customer service. Great service great product all at a great price. Zero regrets
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No need to disassemble the Saginaw box to remove the pitman seals!

Remove the pitman arm.

Remove the large internal snap ring that holds in the seals with snap ring pliers.

Put the pitman arm back on very loosely with the nut (This is to catch the old seals)

Put a large drain pan under the steering gear to catch what's coming!

Start the engine and turn the steering wheel full left to the limit, the old seals will blow out of the box!

Remove the pitman arm and note the arrangement of the washers and seals.

Clean off the seal surfaces with brake cleaner.

Put some electrical tape over the splines on the pitman shaft to protect the new seals. Grease the new seals and install them into the gear box using a section of pipe or a deep socket that clears the pitman shaft.

Reinstall the snap ring and pitman arm. The torque is 185 ft/lbs. on the pitman arm nut, be sure to use a torque wrench, not an impact gun to install it. Usually a 1-5/16" socket for the nut.

Hope this helps!
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