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Re: === Darn rebuilt Power steering box - on my 3rd!
I bought a PSC box from an online vendor for $290 shipped. I got Murrays to agree to take back the rebuilt box. I didn't ask for this, but they had to "return" the amount they charged me for my core too ($150). So the Murrays return was MORE than my cost for the new box (yeah!).
The PSC box eval:
1) It is very well built mechanically. The billet top cap and ends are strong, and everything is well put together
2) My Jeep now has variable rate steering with a larger bore. VERY easy to turn and more stable by ALOT at highway speeds.
3) the "paint" they use on the boxes with is absolute crap. It leaked PS fluid in shipping a small bit, so I started to degrease it and the "paint" started coming off. In about 15 minutes I had all the paint removed (using only degreaser), and then I clearcoated the bare metal (looks good I think). If that's all that is wrong, I still am happy with my choice.
4) NO leaks at all
Side note: I have been searching for the source of my steering "looseness" for years. I installed a new column, borgeson shaft, steering box support, new ball joints, and now the box. THe NUMBER 1 improvement in street driveability was the box. I always ASSUMED That the rebuilt box was unlikely the problem. I don't know if the lash was bad on the old box or if it's the variable rate on the new box, but steering on the street is MUCH more controllable and smooth.
Bottom line: DON't get auto parts store rebuilt. I would recommend PSC box, but you check it out brands and decide for yourself.
I will say I looked at AGR also, and determined that AGR was overpriced, and they have had some quality issues (some of this coming from the owner of PSC, who used to own AGR and sold it). That is why I decided PSC.