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The Tennessee Warden
96 XL, 5.8L, E4OD, BW1356, 4.56 gears
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Discussion Starter #61 (Edited)
Ok, the front wheels were still off the ground, so after letting bubbles subside, I went back out again and turned the key on and cycled the wheel left and right a few times now that there is more oil than air in there. The level dropped more. Refilled and cycled a few more times. Level dropped again. Refilled and cycled more. Level didn’t drop.

I cranked it up, no noise, turned the wheel while engine running, no noise. Shut it off and checked reservoir, level still good and no frothy bubbles. I think it’s good now. Came off the jack stands and should be good to go. I’ll take it for a drive later to test the new gearbox.

Thanks everyone.
 

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The Tennessee Warden
96 XL, 5.8L, E4OD, BW1356, 4.56 gears
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Discussion Starter #62
So just to report back...

The new steering gear is much better. I went from about 2” of steering wheel play to about 1/2 to 3/4” now. It also feels so much easier to turn - I’m guessing the PO of the previous gear must have adjusted the bolt on top because now, I can easily turn it with a pinky finger while parked when I couldn’t before.

Also, since I had an amazon credit of almost $230 from this whole process, I used it, with another $60 cash to order a Borgeson steering shaft for the full trifecta to go with the new gear and sag pump.

On another side note, I didn’t replace the oil pressure switch while I had the PS pump out since I didn’t have the right socket. I did clean up the wire connection really well though, and now the needle holds steady right where it’s supposed to.
 

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The Tennessee Warden
96 XL, 5.8L, E4OD, BW1356, 4.56 gears
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Ok folks - all you Cardone haters were right. It started to take a dump and got loose again. So..... I said screw it. Did some research on redhead and blue top. Chose to go with Blue Top. So this morning I got up early and swapped the Cardone gear and reman sag pump with a blue top and put my OEM sag pump back in. Flushed the Mercon out with type F and bled the system. Got some air in the system once but let it rest and started again. Btw, Mercon was loud in a sag pump, type F is better.

Test drive - holy sheet! This bronco drives like a damn Indy car with 35s!! Zero play in steering now - ZERO. Very pleased! Where’s the :chili: emoji??

A++ on the Blue Top!! I think I’m finally done with swapping steering gears!






 

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1989 Bronco XLT 351W with C6, manual locking hubs. 6” suspension lift with 35” Cooper tires
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This is my next big upgrade. The shaft and blue top or redhead. Is the sag swap a necessary thing??


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The Tennessee Warden
96 XL, 5.8L, E4OD, BW1356, 4.56 gears
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This is my next big upgrade. The shaft and blue top or redhead. Is the sag swap a necessary thing??


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No, not really necessary, but if your stock pump is going, it’s a good upgrade especially if you have oversized tires.

And @GetBent4x4 it was for me.
 

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1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, 400m engine, C6 trans, D44 front with Dick Cepek manual locking hubs
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It’s not hating, I just believed the other guys experience, and yes as you say
35s and no Problem.
Good you re happy now and it’s all set!
Go out enjoy your truck!!!
 

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The Tennessee Warden
96 XL, 5.8L, E4OD, BW1356, 4.56 gears
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It’s not hating, I just believed the other guys experience, and yes as you say
35s and no Problem.
Good you re happy now and it’s all set!
Go out enjoy your truck!!!
I figured it was worth a try for as cheap as I got it. Live and learn. All good now thanks!
 

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95 5.8L MAF XLT, Hedman Shorties/MF SS Y & Muff, E4OD, Man hubs, KYB Quads, 31x10.5x15, 301K miles
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A POS box is a POS box if all you do is rebuild it. If you take a POS box and rework it with upgraded parts in the right places a POS box can become a work of ART. Redhead and Blue Top apparently create works of ART as proven many times over on this site. I stand by my Redhead as being a work of ART compared to the POS stock unit.
 
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