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Old 01-11-2014, 08:57 PM
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question about steering

quick question about my 02 ex. this is the first ive owned and the steering feels sloppy? like when i turn the wheel a little it has some lag then a few seconds later im in the other lane or is that normal on these? definitely different than anything (car or truck) ive driven.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:37 AM
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I think it's fairly common for the steering box to become sloppy over time. I've read that you can tighten them up, but in doing so, you pretty much speed up the process of killing the steering box altogether. My 2000 is kinda sloppy, but I've shyed away from adjusting the box with hopes that it will live long enough for me to just get a Redhead for it.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:01 AM
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whats a redhead?
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:23 AM
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:57 AM
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Like he said , Sounds like box is worn. Redhead is supposed to be topnotch , there is another name that has been making the rounds lately but i dont recall who it was. Have seen quite a few threads on redhead failures lately. Is everything underneath tight ? Balljoints , pitman arm , tierods ? you can loosen the nut on the top of the steering box and adjust the allen nut in to try and pull some slop. Ive done it on a few vehicles with no problems , if you overtighten it then you can create a problem. Does the steering return to center when you turn and let off the wheel , or continue to track straight into the turn ? That should be an easy pointer to box if so..
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:00 PM
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ok thanks for the replies i will give it a look, do you guys know how much the red heads go for?
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:30 AM
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be careful playing with worn boxes and adjusting them. Ive heard horror stories of them locking up because of adjusting.
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My truck was the same way. Everything in the front end had been replaced with the exception of the steering box. Replaced it about a month ago and boy, what a difference. It didn't tighten the steering up a whole lot but definitely made it 100 times easier to control going down the road. I was to the point that I wanted to take off my lift and get some all terrain tires because it was such a chore to drive but it's much better now
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