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Old 01-05-2018, 06:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fj60 steering box on a 2a?

I just installed a new manual gear from an 80's Ford ranger/ f150, but have my doubts about actually driving with it. My crank pulley has the second rib, so adding a pump would be pretty straight forward. An fj60 or 80 series box seem to be the most compact options with a front-facing pitman arm. But, they mount to the outside of the frame, which should keep it roughly near the axle center line, like the Ford gear. This is my first Willy's, am I missing something that would not let this box work? I have a narrow track d30 swapped into the front.
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They mount on the outside of the frame
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They mount on the outside of the frame
I'll be damned.... i originally edited that right after i posted. Thanks for catching that
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Iím doing same thing on my cj build only thing Iím concerned with is up travel as Iím running high steer I may notch the frame for more up travel. The other issue is Iíll have to build shock hoops around it rather than generic shock hoop.
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I mounted the ranger box high for up travel as well. I am running sua with flipped-eye springs. I am running the drag link to the stock location on the d30 and was already planning to mount the shocks behind the axle, using towers from low range offroad. Movimg the box outside the frame will keep me from having to do any kind of funny business with the radiator as well.
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think it would work great. It could give you valuable inches for a larger radiator. More room for the winch.
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How's the clearance for the left front tire ?
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With a forward swing box it would be mounted with the sector shaft above or just ahead of the axle tube. Shouldn't get in the way of the tire at all.
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How's the clearance for the left front tire ?
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This was my only real concern. My axle is still disassembled for the gear swap. My wheel bs is 3.5" But because of this \/ I think it should be ok.

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With a forward swing box it would be mounted with the sector shaft above or just ahead of the axle tube. Shouldn't get in the way of the tire at all.
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I know itís not really relavent but this guy is building a bobbed tj in a retro like fashion and he using a fj60 box for the same reason. His fab work is

https://instagram.com/p/BYb--FwHk_s/
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I'm seeing them around 500 rebuilt. Seems pricey. But I don't know steering boxes that well.
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You could also use a RHD JK steering box. Same basic configuration.
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I know itís not really relavent but this guy is building a bobbed tj in a retro like fashion and he using a fj60 box for the same reason. His fab work is

https://instagram.com/p/BYb--FwHk_s/
Thanks for the link, I requested to follow him

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I'm seeing them around 500 rebuilt. Seems pricey. But I don't know steering boxes that well.
Price a jeep box from psc

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You could also use a RHD JK steering box. Same basic configuration.
Have you had your hands on a jk box? They are really long, top to bottom. Too long for what I am doing.
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Have you had your hands on a jk box? They are really long, top to bottom. Too long for what I am doing.
Yes. They have a taller sector shaft. The mounting pad still fits on the a 4" tall frame and they are currently produced. Just an idea.
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@Wilson if your needing a steering box pm me a guy who lives in my town operates a land cruiser shop in Portland thatís where I usually get my parts from him. Heís pretty resonable Iím picking one up this week for myself.
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@Wilson if your needing a steering box pm me a guy who lives in my town operates a land cruiser shop in Portland thatís where I usually get my parts from him. Heís pretty resonable Iím picking one up this week for myself.
I'll be in portland tomorrow......

I got my first FJ60 box from cruiserparts.net (iirc) they were totally reasonable, even with shipping. My last Fj80 box I got for $30 at a self service yard and sold it for like $180
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@Wilson if your needing a steering box pm me a guy who lives in my town operates a land cruiser shop in Portland thatís where I usually get my parts from him. Heís pretty resonable Iím picking one up this week for myself.
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I'll be in portland tomorrow......

I got my first FJ60 box from cruiserparts.net (iirc) they were totally reasonable, even with shipping. My last Fj80 box I got for $30 at a self service yard and sold it for like $180

Any way you two can connect and get a box to me?
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Any way you two can connect and get a box to me?
I can text him in the morning and see if he can meet after work. But Iím 20 miles west of Portland. And he doesnít live near me just has a storage building near me kind of in an odd spot behind a pet grooming place. Iíll pm you guys my number see if we can make something work.
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Any way you two can connect and get a box to me?
If you set it up I should be able to pick it up, no guarantee as I won't be up there for long, but I'll see what I can do.
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I may hold out for the one in the classifieds. I'm not really in a hurry.
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I was wondering what you're using the box for - I hope it works out!
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