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Old 01-20-2011, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What makes a Red-Head steering box so great?

So my mechanic says I need a new steering box and pitman arm. Iím going to be purchasing it and installing it myself.

I have noticed allot of guys swear by the Red-Head steering boxes. They are more expensive than one I can pick up at the local parts store but Iím willing to pay for quality. Can you guys tell me why the Red-Head is so much better than a rebuilt one from NAPA?

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Red-Head Steering Gears, Seattle WA - Red-Head Steering Gears Home

Other things we do to produce a top quality product include: Install every sector shaft on a lathe to check for straight and true, polish the sealing surface to a higher polish than new.

Some original housings are manufactured without bushing or bearings. This is commonly seen in some Ford gears and Chrysler Corp. gears. We rebore these units and install needle bearings.

We use only the highest quality seals. All our seals are either O.E.M. or produced by two high quality, long time suppliers of our industry.

There is no substitute for experience. Harvey, the owner and lead technician, has been remanufacturing steering gears for 21 years and many, many thousands of units.

Probably the most unique and important thing we do is custom fit every single worm and piston assembly with new precision fit steel balls. This is a process not matched by any other company in the industry. This process is very important. The machining tolerances of the original manufacturing leave a small and varying amount of play that can be corrected in no other way.

Why don't other builders do this? It is expensive and time consuming to set up. This is one of the reasons you may find another unit somewhere else for less money but the quality cannot be beat. This is why we proudly declare that we are "Not the Biggest... Just the Best!"
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PSC 03-08 Dodge 2500/3500 Extreme Series Steering Kit

I'd consider this one as well if you are running oversized tires/rims.

03-08 Dodge 2500/3500 Extreme Series Steering Kit : Dodge Truck Steering Components | Steering Gears | PSC Motorsports - performance power steering
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anyone have any experience with the psc steering box. its pretty pricey.
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anyone have any experience with the psc steering box. its pretty pricey. and our boxes already have needle bearings in them.
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anyone have any experience with the psc steering box. its pretty pricey. and our boxes already have needle bearings in them.
You mean bushings.
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You mean bushings.
redhead said needle bearings when i called them. but i might not have asked the question the right way to get the answer i was looking for.
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Keep us updated on which would be better as I may need to change out soon myself.

I see the PCS adds additional wear items to the box also. Those could need it as they wear out. Not bad.

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I just ordered the Red-Head I should get it Tuesday. Thanks for the help guys!
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good luck man. you should be happy with it.
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I just ordered the Red-Head I should get it Tuesday. Thanks for the help guys!
After you install and try it out, please give us your opinion on the operation of the box.

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