Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Columbus, OH
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If I recall correctly, when I was researching steering boxes I used the NAPA website. I think that their site lists the input shaft specs as well as O-ring vs flared fittings. It also gives an idea of cost and core charge. I would definitely look around if you buy a "new" one as their was wide ranges in price when I looked. Also core charges varied from model year.
However, it could have been autozone or I am making it up. The kid at Kroger aged me 30 years yesterday by attempting to sell me senior discount tickets...
New hoses are fairly inexpensive if you need to get a flared vs an O-ring fitting. My local parts store had the hose on the shelf. Also Jegs/Summit/Speedway sell a fitting that will convert one way to the other. Unfortunately, the fitting is probably more expensive and would probably hit the crossmember so keep that in mind.
That is about all I can think of for now.