re; "...since my steering box
was leaking at the pitman arm seal, I went and sprung for a new steering box at Napa. Just got the 1500 box, I heard in 1996 they all used the same one. (someone correct me if not)
Anyhow I get my old one off, and start bolting in the new one. And get all the hoses connected. And I connect up the steering wheel rod, and notice there is slack in the box. I can turn the top gear quarter inch both ways and I can hear AND feel a clunk like gears are being engaged before the pitman gear starts to move.
Now while driving, I wander all over the lanes and never used to before.
My old box had no slack at all, the only reason I was replacing it was the leaks it had.
I called Napa and told him of my concerns with the unit, he said "I ain't heard nothing like that on a rebuilt box in all my years" and then promptly ordered me a new one from the warehouse.
Now I have to drop that heavy box again and bolt up another one..
Just wanted to update this thread and let you know what happened. Before I was going to pull the box all the way out, I wanted to test the amount of slack, so i grabbed a rag, got under the truck and turned the steering gear. Not only is there slack before the pitman arm moves, but I swear I saw the whole pitman arm gear shift to the side before it turns!
Returned both my core and the slacky rebuilt gearbox to Napa. They brought me out another one, and I returned my core. $222 for a freakin core charge!
Went home and bolted the new one up. It took about half the time as the first install. Amazing how much faster the install goes when you've done it before.
Got in and moved my steering wheel from side to side, and guess what... no more clunk! It's nice and tight, no slack whatsoever!
I am not wandering on the road anymore, and I am one happy camper!..."
"...I had just the opposite on my box from NAPA , mine was to tight.I have a good connection at my local NAPA so I took a wrench to the adjuster and backed off of mine a little at a time and it was fine and if it wasn`t they`d got it back .I agree you shouldn`t have to wrench on it but I didn`t want to switch boxes unless I had to and I`d feel about as good putting a box back in from DC as I would buying a track bar from them and for $156.00 I had to try NAPA.I believe the DSS steering box brace is the ticket to longevity for any of the boxes.
The NAPA box isn`t no better than what the factory box was when it started out .A brace of some kind is the only way to prolong its life..."
"...The guy at PSC sold me an upgraded box, rebuilt. Great price, and he also sold me the steering brace.
My wife now complains it steers too easy Perfect so far been on for a couple thousand miles. I would say you need get your alignment checked, and even check your brakes for the pulling at stop. There is a post about realigning steering wheel, easy process..." by hookmann69
miesk5 Note; PSC is PSC Motorsports - Bronco/Ford truck hydraulically assisted steering (ram), pumps, gear boxes, pulleys, brackets, Dana 44 flatop knuckle, etc