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    Durango Steering Box Swap

    Yesterday I replaced my leaky box with a Durango box (with some stop mods). Here are the oddities/issues. When I replaced the box I had to take the bolts out of the left side of the bumper and slide it forward (I've never read about anyone having to do that before). I broke two pitman arm tools. The pitman arm nut is 33mm (some guys are saying it's 1-5/16"). The hydraulic lfittings are 18mm (I work with hydraulics a fair bit and that is the first time I ever saw that). And one huge caution is to make sure you lock your steering wheel with a cargo strap or seat belt, I know you think it won't move but it will and you'll be sorry.

    So far it works really good. You can notice a difference in the steering and some people might not like it, because of less feedback, but that could be counteracted with a stronger stabilizer. It did require some fine tuning to align the tires witht the steering wheel.

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    I use 1 5/16, close enough. lol. I beat on the pitman arm pretty hard with a hammer as i tighten the tool. At one point the arm should pop right off with a good hammer swing. Cargo strap, check. Did it the first time then got cocky on the next swap and didn't strap. Now i'm in need of a clock spring. lol. Glad to hear it went sorta/kinda/fairly smooth.
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    I did this swap and ya i didnt have to slide the bumper forward thats odd

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    what are the benefits of the durango steering box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt's_97 View Post
    I use 1 5/16, close enough. lol. I beat on the pitman arm pretty hard with a hammer as i tighten the tool. At one point the arm should pop right off with a good hammer swing. Cargo strap, check. Did it the first time then got cocky on the next swap and didn't strap. Now i'm in need of a clock spring. lol. Glad to hear it went sorta/kinda/fairly smooth.
    I didnt lock up my steering wheel....I swear it didn't seem like the thing didnt moved but I busted my clock spring. PIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEFF20v View Post
    what are the benefits of the durango steering box?
    you can go either durango or dakota, the benefits
    1. they are cheap
    2. they are plentiful
    3. they bolt on and don't leak like TJ boxes do.
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