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Old July 23rd, 2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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My gear box has side-side play so as i drive down the road, the wobble shake back and forth. Its a stock YJ box that I have never rebuilt. It got bad after running silver lake with my 39.5" IROK tires. I assume this is what killed it....

Doing reading I see a Durango box will work, however its 3 bolts for mounting instead of the 4 that I have. Also, seems I need the non plow version from 98-99 4wd v8 durango.

Has anyone done this? Any issues? Or should I just buy the $20 rebuild kit and rebuild it, tap it for hydro assist with the money i save?
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Old July 24th, 2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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Old July 24th, 2012, 07:33 AM   #3
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I just did this on my XJ. It was a strait forward replacement.
Not sure about the differences on XJ vs YJ boxes.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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I'm just not liking having only 3 mounting holes as yj is 4. I bought the rebuild kit.....we shall see if when I get it back together if it works...lol
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Old July 24th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #5
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Did this on my YJ last year. Works great! I can post some pictures to show you when I get home later.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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Did it on a TJ and all is good
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Old July 24th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #7
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You sure it's the box and not one of the universal joints in your steering shaft?? I know that's a very common place for side to side steering wheel wobble.

Also, where did you get you're steering box rebuild kit from??

If you're worried about 3 bolts instead of 4 get a brace!

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Old July 24th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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J20 box is 4 bolts and beef did the swap on jeepfreak81 yj even though it hasn't made it out of the garage yet.

Make sure the balls go back in correct alternating the colors if rebuilding
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Old July 24th, 2012, 03:57 PM   #9
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I thought it was a heim joint at first so ordered up a new one. Then it still happened, so then thought maybe wheel bearings, tightened them up.

Had my dad move the wheel back and forth and can see the pitman arm shaft (sector shaft) move side to side and not turn in a perfect circle. You can feel it to if you put your hand on the pitman arm.

Well the rebuild kit is for the PUMP not the box damn missleading descriptions. I'll just probably purchase the durango box now.

tcx: did you purchase snow plow or non?
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I did a non plow v8 durango box in my tj,works great.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #11
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hmm....perhaps I shall order it up on advanceauto.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 08:32 PM   #12
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That's what I was wondering about the rebuild kit. I've found them for the pump, but not for the box yet....

Make sure you post back about the upgrade and how much you like it.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #13
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I will be sure to update with results. I was at Oriley auto and they pulled up a kit that was $40 something. I was confused and said i found something on their web site for $20....the $40 was probably the box rebuild kit. Either way this is much easier.
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What you should do to check for "looseness" in the sector shaft is put a dial indicator on it while turning the box under load. The pitman shaft moves slowly and can cause illusions that it is "moving" side to side. Occasionally the bearing is bad in them but if you put an indicator on it you may be surprised at how little it is actually moving.
If you throw up some pics of the box (specifically the pitman shaft area and an overall pic) I can easily tell you how to replace parts in it and adjust it also.
I have had hundreds, yup, hundreds of boxes apart. The final application goes waaaaaayyyyyy faster than what anyone here goes. so I'm not blowing smoke.
P.S. if you're @ western there's a place in the zoo that will hook you up with the correct parts if you've got the correct style box.
http://sweetmfg.biz/home.php?cat=19
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:00 PM   #15
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It is the sector shaft. You can visually see it. I figure its time to upgrade with the 39.5" tires anyhow.
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Box is installed. Broke the return line fitting so found you can buy one from a waggy that fits. Have not drove it... but it turns the 39.5s easy! Big noticeable improvement while sitting still on concrete. Everything is tight once again and no noises. I'll update when I drive it.
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Box is installed. Broke the return line fitting so found you can buy one from a waggy that fits. Have not drove it... but it turns the 39.5s easy! Big noticeable improvement while sitting still on concrete. Everything is tight once again and no noises. I'll update when I drive it.
Good to hear, maybe i need to do this to mine.
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what box did you end up using?
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