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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-06-2001, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

I was looking up some information for a friend who needed a new steering box, but instead of looking at mid 70's Camaro's, I mistakenly looked at mid 70's Corvettes.
It appears to be pretty close to AGR's design, using a seperate ram controlled by a hydraulic steering box... I would imagine it would be pretty easy to put it in a Jeep. I think the ram was about $100, and the box $250.
Anybody ever look into this??
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Never looked into it. But if you find out more info please let us know, I'm interested in hearing more about it. Thanks, Casey

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Re: Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

Early '70s Ford trucks also used a hydro assist (ram) steering.
Or you can tap into the jeep box, thats what I'm doing on one of my jeeps.
There's more info on my site about how this is done.

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Re: Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

i would just tap into your steering box.. all you will need is a ram.. and the lines.. will be doing this shortly..

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Re: Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

This is actually a mod that is pretty common around here. If you take your steering gearbox apart (or better yet buy a used one to practice on) you can tell where the veins run. You will need to drill and tap each vein one for supply and one for return. Northern sells pre-made lengths of hydraulic line and the pistons. They also sell heavy duty pumps although the stock one should work fine.


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Re: Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

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Take your regular steering box and tap a hole into the front dome cover. You may want to weld a thicker plate on this before tapping the hole. The second hole needs to be tapped on the top cover near the adjusting screw. Then get a hydraulic ram that has the same stroke as the movement of your steering rod lock to lock. Then attach the ram as parallel as possible to the steering arm. You will also need a little more fluid in your pump. I did this by getting some marine fuel hose and cutting the neck off of another pump and got 2 hose clamps and viola.. A steering cooler is a good idea too. I also have a guard for my box for any wandering rocks. If you need some pics lemme know.
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Re: Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

Im not considering this myself, I have no problems with turning the 33" I have now, I just thought it was information someone could use.
However, I'd love to see the pictures you have; I'll add them to my mental filing cabinet!
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Re: Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

Bob, here is a pic of the mounted ram. I will try tofind the pics of my box.
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Here is a pic where you can almost see the front cover..
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Re: Cheeper alternative to AGR\'s rock ram??

My '63 Impala also has a ram assisted steering setup. I was just going to replace the ram (bent slightly) and use the steering box/ram on the next Jeep (different post on the current Jeep [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]). Is this any different than what the 70's Ford trucks were using? I'll see if I can get some pics of the Impala's setup tonight... Bret

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