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Old 06-25-2003, 02:58 AM
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Hey Donzi do you still have the Autozone part number?????
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Old 06-25-2003, 03:22 AM
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timmirvin: I don't know which is the part nuber, but here are the numbers from the receipt:

Steering gear box 276507
Item 3790126 $132.79 + (15.00 core)
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Old 06-25-2003, 03:56 AM
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how did you tapp your box with out shavings going into the box? Looks great by the way..
I took my box totally apart and had a machine shop tap the box and weld the fittings in. Then I cleaned it out thoroughly and put it back together.
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Old 06-25-2003, 05:14 AM
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As a point of referance, the ram you can get from Tractor Supply company, it's a stock item at about $65.00 , and there are TSC's all over the place...
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Old 06-25-2003, 05:38 AM
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</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by blt2krl:
how did you tapp your box with out shavings going into the box? Looks great by the way..
I took my box totally apart and had a machine shop tap the box and weld the fittings in. Then I cleaned it out thoroughly and put it back together.</font>[/quote]I definitly want to make sure it is thourghly clean as well.
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Old 06-30-2003, 01:31 PM
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Rockjeep44 or Donzi,
either of you know the proper size drill bit for a 3/8 pipe thread tap? All I know is it's bigger than 1/2" and smaller than 3/4". I don't have any bits between those, so I'll need to go pick one up.

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Old 06-30-2003, 01:40 PM
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Found it online: 19/32" or 9/16".
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:02 PM
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Glenn: I missed your post, but when I did it I had a set that was labeled with letters, I can't remember which I used because it was attached to the 3/8 tap in a kit. Sounds about right, but I'm not positive. It should say on the tap set what bit is needed.

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Old 06-30-2003, 03:09 PM
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I picked up a tap today at a plumbing supply house, but forgot to get a bit to go with it. Didn't say what size to use on the side though.
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Old 07-02-2003, 08:42 AM
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Sorry to jump in the middle here, but why use they ram as an assist? Why not just use it to steer with? Seems redundant to me.
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Old 07-02-2003, 09:31 AM
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Hump: I like the idea that I will always have a solid link from steering wheel to knuckle. If I blow a line with just hydro assist, I have 0 steering. At least with with my pitman arm still attached, I can always disconnect the ram, plug the holes and steer.
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Old 07-02-2003, 09:43 AM
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Hump, I use the ram as a means of steering... a full-hydro setup, if you will. Both full-hydro and hydro-assist setups have their advantages and disadvantages.

My setup is not very street friendly because it doesn't return to center. Other than that, it's great. There is no binding, no bumpsteer, and turning the wheel is effortless. I can safely drive up to about 50mph.. I have gone as fast as 65, but I need about two lanes at that speed.

My $.02... if you use good lines, and keep an eye on your lines you don't need to worry about "blowing" them anymore than you would with your brakelines. You can also carry spare lines, fluid and even a spare ram if you're worried about it.

Obviously nothing is 100% guaranteed. But I am more confident with a well designed, well maintained hydraulic system than most mechanical setups out there. Broken pitman arm, broken hi-steer arm, bent draglink, bent tierod, broken knuckle... nothing is 100% safe.
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Old 07-02-2003, 02:41 PM
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tuck: Are you saying that you run a sigle ram in a hydro assist configuration as full hydro?? Or do you run a double ram connected to the steering knuckles w/ orbital etc...??

Also, why does your steering get affected over 50??? Just curious

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Old 07-02-2003, 03:03 PM
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Donzi- how's your setup working so far? Any adverse effects?
I've got my steel brackets cut and drilled, ready to weld.
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Old 07-02-2003, 03:48 PM
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Donzi, My steering system is really simple. The steering shaft goes into an orbital valve which gets fluid from the stock power steering pump. Hoses run from the oribital valve to the ram. The ram is attached at the tierod and axle.

The system is great for its simplicity. Articulation doesn't affect steering at all, there is no bump steer and steering is effortless.

The steering is scary at speed because there is no road feel at all. The steering wheel doesn't return to center either... It is about 3 turns to lock.. which is quick, so when I'm going 50 mph the whole system is really sensitive and doesn't automatically follow the road, it does precisely what you tell it to do.. which requires a lot of attention. But it's hard to keep the thing going straight, and even the slightest steering corrections are pretty scary at speed.
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