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Hydro assist clarification Q

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bobsurf, May 23, 2002.

  1. bobsurf

    bobsurf 1/2 ton status

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    I've searched around, found a couple of threads and read them thoroughly. Can you guys help clarify a rookie's understanding of it all. As best I can come up with, hydro-assist is just your basic power steering with standard mechanical linkage (ignoring X-over and all that). Then there are Hydraulic steering mods such as the West Texas off-road package which eliminates all mechanical linkage and replaces with completely hydraulic driven ram. Anything I'm missing? I was getting confused cause it appeared people were interchanging those two terms at will.

    I will be camping until Tuesday so won't be able to check back in with the site until then. As always, thanks in advance.
     
  2. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    hydro ASSIST means that your standard steering stuff is still there... but it is assisted by a hydralic ram... so your steering box and its traditional parts are still doing some work, its just easier because of the ram. A system where your steering box was disconnected from its linkage and the ram is the only thing turning the tires would be a full hydro system... which AFAIK isn't a street legal modification.

    J
     
  3. TheLakeRat

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    you are wrong. All the mechanicle linkage stays where it is. We just modify the box to accept and work properly with an extra set of lines and a hydraulic ram to help with the steering. That's why it is called hydro assist.
    What you are reffering to is just straight hydaulic steering
     
  4. bobsurf

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    Thanks for clearing that up guys. Matt, I apologize for misrepresenting your product. Looks like good stuff.
     

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