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Cross-over steering box q

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Dec 16, 2000.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Any one know if it would be easier to have my 4x4 steering box rebuilt with the 2wd shaft then (for cross-over) to get a new 2x4 box? I have an extra 4x4 box on my garage floor that I could have rebuilt which would mean no down time.

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  2. smp

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    Well i heard through the grape vine that the 2x4 box is hard to find one with the same line fittings size and that people have tried it but had to put the 2x4 shaft in the 4x4 box in the end so i would just rebuild your 4x4 and put the 2x4 shaft in and then you have no worries mate. Is the shaft that you swap the sector shaft? And is the set up on a 72 K5 the same or is it different than newer K5's?

    I will be looking foward to your review because i will be doing this too in a couple of months, so get on it Steve[​IMG]

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  3. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Any idea on cost or where I can get my 4x4 box rebuilt/converted?

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    Steve,
    I'm just starting to look into this. I think I'm just going to get a 2wd box and try that. Before you look for a box, it might be good to determine if you have metric or standard hose fittings on your truck. My '85 has metric hose ends. I'm not sure what year they changed over to metric. Anyone out there know?

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  5. smp

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    Oh Steve just do it your self there's not much to them and your a pretty bright guy (so i hear) [​IMG]
    You got the steering shaft the sector shaft two seals two bushings and adjuster BAM your done. Or you could just pay someone all that hard earned cash.


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    They changed to metric fittings in 1981. I'm using a 2wd box from an 1984.


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  7. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Where can I get the new shaft parts? Do I need to pull them from the junk yard? I would rather have new.

    Steve
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    Steve just get a 2wd box of the same year as your K5 from your favorite local auto parts store. That way when it starts leaking in a couple years you can take it back for a free replacement. It's not the cheapest way to go, but it's definitely the quickest.
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    FOR MINIMUM DOWN TIME, GO FIND A 2WD BOX IN A JUNKYARD!!!! FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, IF YOU'RE GONNA LOOK FOR A 2WD SECTOR SHAFT IN A JUNKYARD AND HAVE TO PULL IT OUT OF A 2WD BOX, THEN JUST BUY THE 2WD BOX!!!!!!!!!!!! For both of my crossovers, I just walked the junkyard till I found a 2WD box with the correct PS line fittings and one that didn't look "all wet" from leaking, and installed it. Doesn't leak and works great...BOTH TIMES!!!

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    Whoops, didn't mean to yell, just wanted to emphasize my point!! Sorry if I offended!! And Burt, its not too much coffee, its NOT ENOUGH coffee...yet!!!!!

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    OK, here's my situation, I have an extra 4x4 box (my original one) sitting on the garage floor, I found a local power steering box repair place that can sell me a new 2x4 sector shaft for 15 bucks, might be easier than taking a 2x4 box off of a junker. Anyway, do I need more parts than just the sector shaft or is that it? Otherwise I can pull a 2x4 box out of the junkyard for 35. bucks.

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    Hey Steve, that shop can sell you a sector shaft for $15, but then who's gonna put it in?? You'll spend way more than $20 to have it installed, whereas you can find a junkyard box for $35, then sell you 4x4 box for, say, $35 and it cost you nothing.

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  15. CK5

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    Yeah, I will most likely just get a junkyard 2x4 box for 35 bones.

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    Just tear apart your extra 4x4 box and you will see that there is not much to them and maybe you can do it your self.

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    Well, thats exactly what I did, I got a 2wd box off a newer truck and the fittings for the lines were different, it was Sunday and the yard was closed. I took the 2wd shaft out and put it in the 4wd box, worked without a hitch, been using it ever since.

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    This is what I will do someday: Order a remanufactured steering box from carparts.com. (Part #27-7513, $205.52 + $125.00 core) If you get a 33% coupon, it reduces to $221.44. Then find a 2x4 steering box from a junkyard and buy the shaft and install it to the new box.

    This way I wont suffer from road wandering caused by some old worn steering box.

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    Steve, let me know when you want to hit the junkyard and I'll go with you to help find and pull out a box. I need to try and find a flat top passenger side spindle anyways.
     

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