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Adapting a Steering Box

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by josh86k10, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. josh86k10

    josh86k10 1/2 ton status

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    I think I've found a pretty good deal on a complete hydraulic assist setup from WTO. A guy bought it about a year and a half ago, set it on a shelf for a while and then sold his truck. He wants $280 shipped for everything (cylinder, lines, even the ported and rebuilt 2wd box never installed). Since my current 2wd box leaks like hell, I'd like to just bolt up this freshly rebuilt one...plus its already ported. But there's a problem....his box is the older flare style, my truck uses the newer o-ring style. What can I do to adapt over to the old style box as cheaply/easily as possible? Thanks in adavance.
     
  2. draggbody

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    cheapest thing would be use the old style pump and hoses... this away if you have a problem on the trail you dont have 'custom' parts to replace... any part store will have what you need...
     
  3. josh86k10

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    Surely there is a cheaper way than buying two new lines and a new pump.... I hope. Is there a way to adapt my metric o-ring ends to a 3/8" flare (or whatever it is) with a short piece of 3/8" line or something?
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Change the fitting on the back of the pump and you're done. The return line is just a low pressure hose.
     
  5. 55Willy

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    bingo, just swap the fitting on the box
     
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    Will the steering shaft connection be the same between the two boxes?
     
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    yes it should be the same.

     
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    Depends on what years the box's are. Worst case senerio is that you have to change the rag joint to the proper one which wouldn't be a bad idea anyway while you're messing with the steering.
     

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