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Old 03-04-2014, 03:45 PM
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6.4 Replacement Steering gear

I had my steering gear replaced a little over a year ago with I guess a reman ford box at a dealership. It has now started making clicking and popping noises so I guess I should replace it. I've seen that red head has gone down hill but have seen some videos online of The Cardone "upgraded" box that's supposed to be much beefier than stock but go right in like stock. The part number is 277631N and there is another one that's 277631 with out the N and I guess that's just the standard non upgraded replacement. Has anyone put one of these in and have any feedback on them and are they hard to change out? Any info is appreciated! You can here my noise in this video
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:10 AM
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I can't specifically say I've done this on a 2008+. However, I did have some serious play in my 2005 F250 and found after further investigation that my steering gearbox was shot. I looked into the Red Head gearboxes but at the time didn't have the money or time to wait for it to come in or send the existing gearbox in to be rebuilt on account that truck was my daily driver. I called around to every junk yard asking if they had one available. Finally found one and picked it up for something like $120.

Pretty easy install. If I remember right (it was about 3 yrs ago), it took me about 2 or 3 hrs. Again if I remember right, the gear box had 3 bolts which attached it to the frame, one bolt for the steering arm and a couple oil lines. Almost forgot to mention the most obvious one, the steering shaft. Biggest pain was getting the heavy-ish (more so VERY awkward) gearbox in position to bolt back on the frame. Damn thing worked great!!

I doubt the 2008+ models vary much from my '05. Simple yet kind if time consuming. Definitely recommend YouTube my friend! Literally all the work I did on my '05 was from YouTube unless it was a very simple repair. Also this site has proven invaluable!

I might have some pics but I'll have to dig them up on the computer. I'm going to go look at a '08 350 6.4 tomorrow. Pretty excited! If I find the pics, I'll post them. Cheers!
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:58 AM
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Hmm. First I've heard of an upgraded Card one unit.

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Old 03-08-2014, 03:58 AM
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Yea google it there are videos showing what's been upgraded. They sound awesome. I was just hoping to find someone on here to have used one. I can't find any super duties in parts yards around here. Nothing as new as a 2008 anyway
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:49 PM
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Hmm... I'm sure depending on where you live it might differ how many parts are available depending on the truck "population" in your area. Have you checked out RockAuto? Might be a shot in the dark but I frequent that site for parts. If I remember right, they do have core charges for the gear boxes. But it doesn't seem like your trying to FIND a new gear box but rather if anyone has experience with them.

I bought a late 2008 250 on Saturday and think I'm going to have the same issue I had on my 6.0. Good news is I knew what the symptoms were lol. Bad news is, I'll be in your shoes soon lol. The dealer who had the 350 I mentioned in my last reply failed to mention to me before I made the 2.5 hr drive that cylinder 8 was not firing. Sounded to me the engine was screwed.

Anyways, enough about that. Maybe I'm not 100% sure what your doing when you hear the noises or if I'm even in the right ball park but if your turning sharp, say in a parking lot, are you hearing the noise then or sitting still and turning the wheel left and right? Do you have excess play in the steering wheel? Do you have the "whobble of death"? I kind of threw a lot at you.
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Oh! Nice truck btw!!
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:31 AM
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I hear the noise sitting still or when turning the wheel at slow speeds. My main goal with this thread was to see if anyone had used the upgraded card one box with success.
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Rock auto has a $50 core charge and they sent me the wrong box first time! Hope you get it fixed bud. I just ported a box for hydro assist install.


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