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Old 05-24-2006, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Installing Redhead steering box

I went to there shop today and the guy took me back and showed me how my steering box works and what happens when I keep tightening down the adjustment nut and why I have so much slop.
Very informative and nice people.

So any ways I bought one and going to install this weekend. Anything I should know or do or have to put this in? Is it easy as it seems? What kinda fluid do I want and just fill it and move steering wheel back and forth?

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you made a great choice, I was the original poster on this site about these guys and they make a great product. I live in Gig Harbor WA. so there was too much traffic to drive there but customer service was very good. easy install one bolt takes off the lower steering shaft then pull the tie rod and fluid lines then three bolts that hold it to the frame, the real ***** is getting the pitman arm off the old box! it WILL be on there good so be prepared for a battle. I filled with amsoil synthetic ATF. started the truck and SLOWLY worked the wheel back and forth until reservoir was full. I haven't given my steering wonder a second thought since. hope this helps. ~Aaron
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Re: Installing Redhead steering box

I have bought Saginaw boxes from Redhead before and have had great results of their products.

Also went back to see the shop.

Good luck with your install.

I have no superduty experience with them as I have no complaints with how my old 99 handles or drives. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Installing Redhead steering box

What are the advantages of this unit over stock? I might be interested in one.
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I ordered mine 2 days ago after hearing so many good things about theyre gears. They Machine out the housings and install torrington bearings and
custom fit each worm and piston assembly with special ordered precise oversized ball bearing.
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Hmmmm, very interesting I may have to get one of them there things.
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Re: Installing Redhead steering box

What is their web site or phone number?
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RedHead Steering Gears, 900 N. 127th, Seattle, WA. (206) 364-3333

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Re: Installing Redhead steering box

elkkiller - a few items, please:

1) How does the steering shaft through the firewall come loose from the upper end of the steering box?

2) Did you remove/drop the pitman arm to count the number of splines to order the correct box or how else to be able to count them?

3) any "gotcha's" to be aware of during removal and installation?

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Re: Installing Redhead steering box

1) There is a 14mm bolt on the shaft that goes to box splines, loosen bolt and take out and pull up shaft out of way.

2) There is 2 16mm nuts that are on top of box that need to be backed off and lines pulled out, I just put a oil pan under truck and let spill out.

3) I just told them what truck I had and they got me the right one.

4)I left pitman arm on then dropped the box and got a puller as tight as i could get it and beat the pitman arm with a hammer and it popped off...was the hardest part by far, it was stuck on there hard.
Then I installed the pitman arm on new box before putting box back on.
I have an after market pitman arm and drop bracket so don't know how much room with stock stuff.

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rstaichi - Thanks! I asked elkkiller since he had responded earlier with a "how to." Sounds like you were successful without too much difficulty. I am a fair hand with a wrench but do not wish to get something halfway apart and wish I had not started.

I see that you have an '04 and mine is an '02. When I called, they said it could be one of two boxes depending on the number of splines on the sector.

What do you think about just dropping the pitman arm with a pickle fork and leaving it attached to the tie rod? Any surprises along the way?

Thanks for the reply.
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I couldn't find one big enough and thought it was easy to pull out with box where I could work on it.
Made it easy to put back too cuz I could use it as a handle.

To be honest it was a pain in the ass for me..at my apartment in the pouring down rain, but would be easy next time.
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I decided to make life easier I just went and picked up a new pitman arm and counted the splines on it. The arm was only like $20.00 wholesale from ford.
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I went to there shop today and the guy took me back and showed me how my steering box works and what happens when I keep tightening down the adjustment nut and why I have so much slop.
Very informative and nice people.

So any ways I bought one and going to install this weekend. Anything I should know or do or have to put this in? Is it easy as it seems? What kinda fluid do I want and just fill it and move steering wheel back and forth?

Thanks

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So....what happens when you keep tightening down the adjustment nut?
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fastcolts check your PM I sent you my help but it sounds like rstaichi has good advise too, Good luck it's easy! ~Aaron
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