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Need a real steering upgrade?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by hoot, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    123,000 miles.

    I installed the updated 08 steering linkage back in 08. Since then the link at the pitman arm is about ready to pop off.

    Steering box is shot. Sector shaft moves all over the place even with the Defiant brace. I can't imagine what it would do if I removed the brace.

    Thuren trac bar heim joint is gone.


    Just ordered the complete steering box upgrade from a dealer.

    68170214AA Steering Box
    68034326AB Kit- pump and pulley
    68034303AB reservoir, PS pump
    68100252AA Bracket, PS pump

    ZSBNT03 from PSC Steering Warehouse
    New heim joint for track bar from EMF.

    Big question. I was told the end link that comes with the steering box only fits the old stock style linkage. Can I get a confirmation?


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  2. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

  3. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    What confuses me is there are two types of reservoirs. "Cornered" and round. They sent me the round.

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    I finally got around to getting my parts installed... not done but close. Job wasn't too bad. I had no interference with the fan shroud. My truck is 04. Pump was easy to replace. Steering gearbox was easy too. Getting the hose fittings lined up was a little trick.. some interference there with one line hitting another.

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  4. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Old box was soaked from both itself and the pump leaking.

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    Disconnect steering shaft.

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    Be sure you have the wheel well liner removed.

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    Disconnect this line at the firewall before dropping the box.

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  5. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    The three bolts that hold the box on the frame.

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    I used a can to sit the box on so I could remove the lines easier.

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    Old box was a mess.

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    Major parts removed.
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  6. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Installing a new track bar end link required drilling out the mounting hole for a larger bolt.

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  7. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Making spacers for the track bar end link.

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    Remove old pump.
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    Install new pulley on new pump.
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  8. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Old and New pumps.
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    Pump installed. Pretty easy.
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    Installing box.
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    New pitman arm and sector shaft support fitting.
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  9. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Still have to fix the front gear case leak while I have good access and finish installing the track bar and new linkage today.


    I put an EMF joint in the Thuren track bar. The original joint was totally shot. Made the spacers but had to figure out install them.

    Did this.... welding wire from my mig welded to the spacers allowed me to position them while lining up the track bar to the hole. I tied a rope to the steering wheel and started it up. Pulling on the rope turns the steering wheel which pushes the axle side to side.

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  10. chevboy167

    chevboy167 Member
    Messages: 96

    Looking good!
     
  11. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Fun project. Cummins Power Wagon...rare option ;)
     
  12. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Nice stuff I went with a Delphi/Borgeson steering box on my 99 and couldn't believe thwarting difference. I tossed a BigD off road steering box brace as well.

    Thuren just released heim joint tie rod end replacements for the third gen dodges that look awesome (pricey)
     
  13. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    I think I paid $65 for the EMF joint. The original Thuren joint is crap.
     
  14. Mopard

    Mopard Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Nice job man! That truck is in great shape for an '04 ... they don't use salt in your area? I guess not much as it looks like these pics were taken near the end of January? Great write-up!
     
  15. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    We've had a few mild winters. I have always taken care of the frame... power wash and spray the rust with black rust transformer.
     
  16. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,007

    Excellent write up

    Nice looking ride, as well. Your tiger tabby help you out ? Sure has some pretty colors. Female I would assume.
     
  17. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Kitty is a pure bread Bengal...

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  18. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,007

    Very pretty cats. I hear they're a real bundle to own as they are supposed to be extremely active. My dogs have their own cats, but they're older and not so active.

    Nice to see they have a loving home.
     
  19. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Having two makes it easier. They play alot together. That's mother and daughter.
     
  20. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Very Rare. Most people don't even know ;)