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Hydro assist....got a question..or 2

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by K5MONSTERCHEV, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. K5MONSTERCHEV

    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    So as far as hydro assist...hows the rock ram from AGR? I found a used one over on pirate pretty close to me. It seemes to be in good condition (from the pics) my box is leaking and I had thought about hydro assist when Ryan brought it up back when I had my death wobble problem in Nov. Is this a good ram? Powerful enough? I never payed much attention to hydro assist, because I never needed it, or had money, but now.... Thanks guys.
     
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    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    No one has any comments?
     
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    Poohbair 1/2 ton status

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    After seeing what hydro does on my buddies 72 that had some SERIOUS death wobble... I am a firm believer. I have it on my K5, but haven't gotten to test it out yet because I blew up the motor the same day I put the hydro on...:crazy: :crazy:
     
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    dirtwarrior17 Banned

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    I keep hearing hydro assist but i don't know what the hell it is.... steering stabilizers or something that gives you stronger steering?
     
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    Poohbair 1/2 ton status

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    It is a hydraulic ram that gets pressure from your P/S pump. When you turn left, the ram pushes the tierod that way, etc...
     
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    ratzila 1/2 ton status

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    I have the agr rock ram system on my burb & it does fine. It got rid of the death wobble. It dosen't have any problems steering the 44" boggers:D
     
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    Great, thanks! I guess the lines are long enough? Or did you need to get, longer ones?
     
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    I just got my cylinder from Northern tool today. Paid $69 for it. Will be getting the hoses made monday after work. They will be $26. I bought an end cap for the steering box from EMS Offroad
    http://www.emsoffroad.com/hydroassist.htm

    I didn't get the top cap. Just gonna tap that myself and add some extra support around the hole. I'll have about $150 in my whole system. Others have done it for $100 or so. OR, you can pay well over $300 for a system. Depends on your wallet:crazy:
     
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    I got my kit from rocklogic ( www.rocklogic.com) for $225 if I remember correctly...
     
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    Thanks guys. The guys selling the whole setup, box and all, and my box is pissing oil now. A remanned one is 210, I can get the whole setup for 350, and I already have brackets on my hi steer with my stabilizer, so itll be a snap to throw on.


    As far as the comment abouit not being impressed with the AGR, why so?
     
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    Are you gettin just the ram or the whole kit with the gear box and pump?

    One guy I know who is runnin it started with just the ram and a reman box and stock pump then later on added a agr box and agr pump and didnt notice any significant difference as far as flow and pressure was concerned. If its a good deal, go for it!

    Honestly, I have no 1st hand, I've never had there kit on any rig Ive owned but I would definately consider it if I had the money! Ive helped put one on and its a beefy kit, definately good stuff. I'd rock it fo sho. But, I'll be rockin some poor mans home brew assist :grin:
     
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    I've got $86 invested in my hydro ram assist and I paid $100 for the box, already tapped. It's for off road use only, but for the price, it was worth every penny. I only wish I had done it sooner.
     
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    1.5" Rams are generally considered pretty streetable.
    2.0" Rams are generally too SLOW reacting for a street-driven truck.

    Something else to keep in mind. I've got a 1.5" on mine and it's nice on the street. I wouldn't say it's a "magic bullet" for resolving death wobble (I can still induce DW if I try) but it certainly calms it way down.


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    Bingo. My k5 is undrivable without the hydro ram. With the ram on, it will absorb most of the deathwobble, and if it does start the DW vibe, i only have to tap the brakes to get it to stop instead of slamming on the brakes and pulling over to a complete stop.
    I have the WTO setup, didn't even mod my PS pump and it makes a hell of a difference. I also made a 3" spacer and installed it inside the ram to limit it from 8" down to 5" of throw perfect for HI-Steer. (thanks esteban for that tip!)
    Ive been through about 5 leaky rams, and finally this last time when the seal started pissing, i rebuilt it myself with some $0.99 seals from home depot, and i haven't seen a drop outta the ram in a month. :grin: :grin:
    I got a spare ram and lines just in case i break when i'm out wheeling, i'll be able to put a new ram on and still drive home safely.
    On the trail and In the rocks, the hydro ram is night and day difference.
     
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    I have a quick dumb question.

    when you was 1.5" ram is that the Bore size, rod or what?

    Sorry of the hijack.
     
  17. Ryan B.

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    Bore size of the ram cylinder and seal.
     

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