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Hydro ram lines

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 4X4HIGH, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Which line goes where on the ram to steering box? If anyone could tell me the position of the line from the bore side of the ram (not the shaft side) to which position on the steering box. Does it go to the spool valve side or the long oil passage down to the end of the steering box side.
     
  2. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Just hook it up and turn the wheel. If the tires turns opposite the way you turn the steering wheel, or otherwise doesn't work right, swap the lines around. Thats what I did. Hooked it up backwards the first time. Swaped the lines at the ram and it worked the way it should.
     
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    same with mine. only way to find out is to hook it up and turn
     
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    I just looked at mine:

    The top fitting on the steering box goes to the pumpkin side of the ram
    The bottom fitting on the box goes to the knuckle-side of the ram

    Mike
     
  5. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks guys, hydro all done and working flawlessly. :thumb:
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Do you find it a bit slow for street driving? Mine was a liability on the street so I've taken it off. Still not sure if I had a problem or if that's the way it is.
     
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    Mine's very streetable. The only time I've noticed it being slow was when I went to (purposely) powerslide it on some gravel and when i went to correct the slide it took longer than I expected for the wheels to turn. But since I don't race the truck this is not an issue.
     
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    Ram bore size & pump volume are both huge factors in this. If you want to put it back on look into either a smaller ram bore or increasing the pump's volume.
     
  9. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I have no problems with street driving. Took it out for a cruise last night and made some real quick turns and it works perfectly. I do have the 1.5" bore ram which i've heard is really the only ram that works fast enough for street driving. I still have a factory P/S pump without any mods. I will soon do the mods to the pump to bring up the pressure a bit and see what that does. I don't know that i can say it makes the truck any easier to turn but it definately tightened up my steering a bunch. I'm sure once the pump mods are done it will steer with my pinky like i've seen in the past.
     
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    My buddy showed me how to do the pump mod. It's very easy to do! I had to re do it because the pump we did it to doesn't fit the bracket for my engine so I had to re-do it to my existing pump.



     
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    Yeah, I did the pump mods and I have 1 1//2" ram but when I turned out of a tight side road I couldn't straighten up quick enough, mounted the sidewalk and nearly took out a bus stop!:o It skeered me!!:D
     
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    Can the pump mods be done while the pump is still mounted on the engine??
     
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    Usually yes but it's a pain to get to.
     
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    If that happened, something is wrong. Is everything new?
     
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    Yep, everything new, even the pump! Steer slowly and it's fine, but turn in a hurry and ....scary!
     

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