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Old 08-17-2013, 02:09 AM
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Redneck Ram Hydro Assist

Anybody running this setup? I have so much play in my steering wheel and after running my setup for 10 yrs i figure i am running on borrowed time. It is either going to be a Redhead steering box or just go with the hydro assist. All opinions are welcome.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:43 AM
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Im also curious about this. mine is a 2009.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:14 AM
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My understanding is it is illegal to run only the redneck ram on a street vehicle due to there being no mechanical linkage should a hydraulic failure occur leaving you with no steering. This may have changed with Mercedes and a lot of others using steer by wire but maybe not... There are a lot of other components that fail before the gear box does, odds are the gear box is fine. Check ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman arm, etc. Not in anyway trying to knock Redhead or the like, but unless yours is leaking there isn't much chance for wear inside a gear box, so long as its flow of oil was never interrupted. When I had mine rebuilt, at 250,000 miles on a lifted truck, the biopsy only turned up a slightly loose mesh gear nut. This was tightened and the box rebuilt. $130.00 The reason for the rebuild was a leaking output shaft seal. Figured I'd bloviate, might save you some money...
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:35 AM
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It's a hydro assist not full hydro, so the mechanical linkage is still there. Redneck ram just drills & taps the stock box but they do also rebuild them if you pay for it. Have you looked into PSC yet? They are a good choice too
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:50 AM
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Everything is tight on the front end. I have always been told that tightening the nut is just a band-aid, i have tightened it once already. I have zero leaks. Short of completely replacing the gearbox or going to hydro assist i don't know what else to do. I have been running 38's on it for 10 yrs now and close to 82,000 miles, i imagine the gearbox is starting to get a little worn. I did look at PSC. Do they have a kit for the Super Duty? I could not find one, though i am getting tired....here in South Korea it's almost 10 pm Saturday night. Hopefully i will have more suggestions when i wake up in the morning.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:15 AM
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Also another one is AGR. They both have kits for SD.
You can call them & talk to them in person & they will answer any of your questions. I'm sure all three have a plethora of knowledge that they will gladly share with you if you have concerns about your steering box.

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