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Hydraulic assist steering update

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by titanic, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. titanic

    titanic 1/2 ton status

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    After several trail rides, I can say it has been the best thing I've added to my truck since fuel injection. I did make a mistake with the extension of the filler neck on my steering pump. You have to increase the fluid available to the pump to be able to drive both the steering box and ram. I thought an easy and cheap way to do this was to add a rad. hose to the filler neck. Does everyone know, except me, why you can't do this? Oh well, rad. hose will let power steering fluid or any other "oil" to sweat out thru the rubber. It didn't cause a problem while on the trails but I kept seeing a damp looking hose-now I know. The correct way is to use a gas tank rubber filler neck hoes that's the proper size-for me, it was one off a toyota pickup-The owner won't miss it!

    &lt;P ID="edit"&gt;&lt;FONT class="small"&gt;&lt;EM&gt;Edited by titanic on 08/15/01 08:53 PM.&lt;/EM&gt;&lt;/FONT&gt;&lt;/P&gt;<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by titanic on 08/15/01 09:03 PM.</FONT></P>
     
  2. solowookie

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    so let me ask you a question, does this take the place of cross over steering??? (seems like it'd be pretty strong, and you could keep your swaybar w/ disconnects)

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  3. titanic

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    On my setup -no. Stock steering can be greatly improved with this , I had already done the crossover thing last year<a target="_blank" href=http://www.tennessee4x4.com/rocketcity/titanic.htm>www.tennessee4x4.com/rocketcity/titanic.htm</a>
     
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    hmm... that give me a question ot post...

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  5. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>You can go full hydraulic (replace the steering box with an orbital valve) but then you would loose all steering (not just power assist) if you stall because the valve is powered by the p/s pump. Its off-road only which would defeat the purpose of adding it to keep the sway bar. I modified my bar straight to the dumpster and I can still cruise down the highway at 80 (oops I mean 65) without problems. </font color=blue>
     
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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    Its off-road only which would defeat the purpose of adding it to keep the sway bar. I modified my bar straight to the dumpster and I can still cruise down the highway at 80 (oops I mean 65) without problems.

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    you what do you mean by the first part???

    also, you got any pics of how you modified that???

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  7. californiak5

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    How much will you charge for a complete weld on/bolt on kit? [​IMG]

    Including the High steer crossover kit for the D60. [​IMG]

    Just thought I would see if you could duplicate it. Thanks.

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  8. titanic

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    This setup is custom designed for my truck-it probably would not just bolt up to another truck. Every piece I made except for the AGR steering box which I didn't need. The custom front springs more the axle forward 2" so the tierod clears the draglink/pitman arms . The crossmember has to be trimmed and other items all have to be modified. I just wanted everyone to see how easy it was to add and convert a saginaw steering box to a hydraulic assisted setup.
     

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