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I've had a leak in the steering box of the Bronco since I got it. I was considering getting another box as a spare for wheelin, and rebuilding the best of the two.

While I have it apart, I was considering tapping the boxe so I could go with Hydro assist steering later. I am not going to go with tires any bigger than 36" with the 1/2 ton setup I have now. Should I even bother with Hydro with a "small" tire like 35-36? Does the hydro assist make the steering system more reliable in this setup? From what I have read in searching on FSB, the tapped box is more susceptible to blowing seals.
 

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I'd say it depends on what traction aid you have in the front. If you have an auto locker (Detroit, Aussie, etc.), go for it. If you have a limited slip or an ARB or something similar, you'll probably be fine without it.

Either way, tap the box and plug the ports while you have it out. Do it on both boxes. It doesn't hurt anything and it will be easy to hook up a ram if you decide to give it a try later.
 

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I'd say it depends on what traction aid you have in the front. If you have an auto locker (Detroit, Aussie, etc.), go for it. If you have a limited slip or an ARB or something similar, you'll probably be fine without it.

Either way, tap the box and plug the ports while you have it out. Do it on both boxes. It doesn't hurt anything and it will be easy to hook up a ram if you decide to give it a try later.

That is what I am thinking since I will have the box apart anyway. If later I decide to go more extreme with one ton axles and larger tires, then the tapped box might come in handy.
 
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