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Old 08-03-2009, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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better aftermarket steering box?

anyone know of a better steering box? Can't seem to find one for an '06. PSC doesn't carry them and I don't need a redneck ram. Should I stick with OEM?
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i got one from oriellys, with a lifetime warranty for like 165$. it started leaking after a few months. i just replaced it. they were out of them so they bought me one from napa, paid all the extra charges cause it was more $$$. and they are going to refund me what i paid to get the second one put in the truck. So, it may have been a fluke, but they sure stand behind their warranty! And for the record almost all the steering boxes you will buy from the major auto parts store are rebuilt buy the same company, can't remember the name right now but i believe it.
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply Bigred.
So I've read about so many guys with bad steering boxes - everyone is replacing them with Napa boxes? Is Napa better than an OEM steering box?
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i'm not sure, but its alot cheaper!
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i'm not sure, but its alot cheaper!
What is failing on the steering boxes ?
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Due to the weight of the engine and flex in the frame rail that the gearbox is mounted on, the boxes seem to wear out quickly. Especially with larger tires. A steering brace helps a lot, but only works if you have one installed! Mine has worn out after 35k miles. Now I'm looking for a beefier box to replace it with.
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Most of the boxes don't get worn out until after warranty so I don't think that chrysler thought that it was a problem. I does flex quite a bit so a steering box stabilzer is a great addition. The 09's have a new box with a considerably larger sector shaft. I wonder if this was in reponse to a few instances where the sector shafts on our boxes broke. Now that could be a scarry ride.
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The steering box issues are TRULY a SAFETY concern. EVERYONE should be writing or contacting the proper federal agency to get a safety recall on ALL of them and have the new, sturdier steering boxes installed at no charge. IF Chrysler has taken the time to make them better, then the need for all the poor quality ones exists, and Chrysler should step up to the plate and take care of their owners. If you want future business, you'd better take care of the old business first.

While I have had no problem with my steering and I did install the steering stabalizer to hopefully help with their design flaw, I wonder what it would take to fit or retro-fit the new box into the older trucks? Maybe someone will come up with that information.

Even though the NAPA boxes are rebuilds, they are rebuilt with better quality parts over the OEM parts. Too bad that everything gets put together with the lowest bidder, eh?



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There was a thread on here about a 4500 steering box being installed on a 2500 with minor moding, but the thread ended. I think it was GRI who pulled it off? I'd be interested in hearing more about that.
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Here it is.

Super Steering Box!
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i put the first one in trying to fix my loose/wandering steering problem. the second started leaking on me for whatever reason?
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i did the 08.5 upgrade on my 03 to fix the death wobble and it did. pretty simple install but i got mine from Source Automotive they are good people and answered any questions i had
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