Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Medford oregon
Bronco Info: 1994 F-150 extended cab short bed, 4" lift, 35" BFG mud terrains
I've done both. Re-building the box takes some time. Plus you have to put the gears back in just right because they wear in a certain way. 99% of the time you are driving straight so your gears wear in that pattern...if you don't align them just right it will cause your truck to pull one way or the other. Just the other day I replaced my steering box in my F-150. Got a used one for $25. Just to help you in your search for a used box the same box came in 80-96 Broncos and F-150s, F-250, F-350, F-450, some Rangers, Bronco IIs, Explorers, Ford Vans, Mazda 2300, 3400, 4000, and Navajos. It was slim pickings at my local salvage yard and I had a choice between a 91 Explorer box and a 94 Ranger. The Ranger box felt tighter and I figured that since it was out of a 2wd 94 Ranger standard cab and the truck appeared to be completely stock, it probably didn't live a very hard life.
No. It's your Box, rag, or tie rods. That or your box is on the rag in which case you don't want to stick your rod in it.