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Old 02-27-2013, 08:56 PM
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Steering wheel play and Carrier bearing slop

My truck has some ridiculous steering wheel play (about half a turn) and I'm wondering if replacing the steering box will solve this, and how hard that is?

Another thing my truck shutters when it take off from a dead stop and I notice the carrier beating is shot but looks like it pressed onto the d/s so would it be best to take it to a shop for that?

One last thing my truck will have a d60 and f350 rear blocks soon on top of the 4" lift springs it has and I want to know what length bilstein shocks to buy
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If you do replace the steering box, use Red Head steering boxes. I replaced mine with one when I did the hydroboost swap along with the intermediate steering shaft. My steering is incredible now.
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you can try and tighten the steering up. if that doesn't work then yes you need a new box.
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def tighten first

but do a little reading so you don't over tighten the box .

I am bringing My DS to a shop just cause I haven't read up on doing a carrier bearing LOL but also they will balance the assembly upon request .

shocks= measure your eye to eye and add the intended lift to that #

find a decent place to order from and they can check the book for the proper length

for Shocks I avoid mail order because it's nice to walk in and exchange if one starts to leak vs sending it back via mail

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For the shocks why not just order F350 shocks intended for a 4" lift? I'm sure Bilstein or whatever vendor you buy from can figure that out easily enough.
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if you wait to long to tighten the box or dont do it at all it youll have to replace it. thats where im at right now. i have never herd anything bad about red heads box's so theres a start if you want to upgrade.
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Yea I tried tightening it already, didn't do anything, thanks for the responses guys
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This is a half turn of play with the engine running, correct? The box must be pressurized with PS fluid to be considered "tight" be an alignment guy. Get under the truck with someone in the drivers seat, engine running, and have them rock the steering wheel back and forth. There are a lot of parts to the steering that will give you poor feedback (box, ball joint, loose toe adjusters, wheel bearings) and the one most over look is the rag connection right before the steering box. From under the truck (engine off) grab the steering shaft and try to flex it (up, down, left, right) really any movement is bad movement. Do the same thing under the dash to the shaft. Update with a Borgeson style shaft that uses universals and not rubber for the flex joints. Also grab your steering wheel at 12 and 6. Push pull up and down. Is there play? Time for steering wheel bearings too.

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Running or not theres a crazy amount of play
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def tighten first

but do a little reading so you don't over tighten the box .

I am bringing My DS to a shop just cause I haven't read up on doing a carrier bearing LOL but also they will balance the assembly upon request .

shocks= measure your eye to eye and add the intended lift to that #
Measure them on the truck or them fully extended?
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