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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Holy bad steering box after 450 ish miles

As you guys know I don't get to drive my jeep much, and sitting in the shop with the head off for over a year didn't help much. Took it to get a new alignment and they won't do it because every tie rod end was bad and they said the steering box was bad, I immediately called bs because I knew I had a new one on there,,, well remained one. I took it home ordered the parts and knowing the box was gonna be fine I said no way am I buying a new one. So parts come in and under the jeep I go. Only trouble I had was the dang steering damper that wouldn't come out,, so I just took it off. As I was taking out pins I grabbed the steering arm and found 3/8 + play in the shaft front to back and play you could feel in and out. That translates to about 3/4 inch of play at the end of the pitman arm.

Knowing I must have goofed and not put a new box on I flipped through the moldy notebook in my glove box,, sure enough in April 2010 she got a reman box, only put just over 450 miles on it since and this box is shot. Good news is I have a good parts supplier and he ordered me a replacement under warranty,, now if I can just get the pitman arm off. I had a j20 box, that may be my fail safe!

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A few years ago I looked into a J20 box for my CJ. As far as I could tell there were only two differences - the J20 box had three mounting ears instead of four, and it had a variable ratio gear set. I set the boxes side by side and the J20 looked no different, except for the missing ear, so I could see no reason to do the "upgrade."

Or maybe they gave me a J10 BOX. Don't laugh - you'll be old and feeble-minded some day.

Do you remember who "rebuilt" that box?

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Not 100% sure, but the waranteed replacement was a borgerson. Hoping it is better. The next one will be a west Texas offroad! Got it aligned today. Only parts that are not new are the ball joints. Otherwise steering is new even the pitman arm.

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Now if I can just find my anti sway bar lol,, it has been missing for a while.

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Now if I can just find my anti sway bar lol,, it has been missing for a while.
You don't really need those things, you know.

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Little more important on a tj

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So I have heard. It seems counter intuitive, though, with the wider axles. On my CJ (narrow) the sway bar increases understeer which makes going fast on gravel easier. Not that I ever go fast on gravel anymore.

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Wait a second there Jeff. You mean you actually drove your jeep or did you just make sounds of wind and engine noise.

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I know very difficult to believe, but I did. Put about 5 miles on it the other day, still gotta adjust pinion angle as I can't exceed 45 mph without being ditch to ditch. How you been brother?

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Everything is good here bro. Your jeep has gone about 5 miles farther then mine has in the last two to three years. Carb is off, needs a rebuild, just haven't done it and its too cold to drive her anyway.

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