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1973 Cj5 To Power Steering Or Not To Power Steering That Is The Question.

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by Mazinger, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Sep 12, 2018
    tarry99

    tarry99 Member Sponsor

    Northern California
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    First you need to decide on a steering gear..............and then see if it fits where your current steering gear mount now is...........Keeping in mind that your choice of Pittman arms could necessitate the moving of that existing 3-bolt mount....................as I've seen them come both ways location wise on jeeps from the factory that started their life as a manual steering vehicle...........if you do have to move it go to the 4 bolt...........and you say you have a cast iron mount now ? which is far better than those factory 2 piece stamped steel versions which are pretty much junk!
     
  2. Sep 14, 2018 at 1:02 PM
    Dphillip

    Dphillip Member

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    A S-10 steering box has different splines for the steering shaft and won’t receive your stock steering shaft. A custom shaft will need to be made.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2018 at 6:43 PM
    73cj5

    73cj5 Member

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    This maybe a bit late but...
    I have a a variable ratio waggy box mounted to the stock cast manual bracket. Couple of notes:
    • Recommend a brace, this box has a much larger piston than any "stock" CJ Box. IE much more force you could break things.
    • Pay attention to the clocking angle on the pitman arm, some boxes don't mount perpendicular to the frame.
    • Variable ratio is awesome, not twitchy on at high speed but doesn't require a lot of turns to to park.
    • Some boxes are flare fittings some are 0-rings make sure you get the appropriate lines. I used yj lines with slight massaging.
    • Think about a skid-plate, I broke the mount by bouncing it off a rock. The mount is cast steel so any cracks could be TIG welded up.
    Good luck.
     

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