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7.3 steering fix

we all are aware of the crappie steering box in our 7.3's. I came across something that I wasn't aware of which will be an easy fix and an upgrade. The steering box from the 04-06 fords will fit our 7.3 the only modification that is needed to make is to drill the bolt holes out on the frame from 12 to 14 mm and everything will line up. Plus this box is beefier and stronger. I know of 4 people that has done this and one is over 200 thousand with no problems.
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Do the newer ones steer any easier? My '02 with only 60k miles on it steers harder than any vehicle I've ever owned. Thank god I don't have to plow snow with it, lol.

2002 F250 7.3 PS SC LB 4X4 Auto. 81k miles.
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The output shaft on the 05+ trucks are different from the 04 and earlier trucks. The only way this would work is if you also used a reamer to modify your pitman arm.
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Sorry I forgot you have to buy the pitman arm for the 04-06. Everything else should line up.
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Have you tried to change your ps filter and flush your system
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Thanks for the input that I missed mentioning
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Sorry I forgot you have to buy the pitman arm for the 04-06. Everything else should line up.
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Thanks for the input that I missed mentioning
No problem. I went through all this when I outfitted my 2000 with a 2008 suspension.

On the pitman arm you cant just attach the 05+ pitman arm. The Steering rod end is different between the trucks as well so while swapping the pitman arm would make it match the steering box, you'd move your mismatch to the steering linkage/pitman arm interface.

Not trying to ruin your plans, it's just an expensive mistake to make. Probably easier (and cheaper) to just throw in a redhead/bluetop.

Carry on.
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Ya a red top or blue top box would be way easier.

As long as tie, rods and ball joints, wheel bearings are in good shape as well


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All except tie rods which I'm getting ready to do. Still not sure if I need a box yet. Just passing on the information. Also I've seen this done it's cheaper and it lasts just as long with no interference the tie rod end of the pitman arm are the same. I'll take the guys word who told me since he was a pro comp engineer that designed the lifts for these trucks.
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Have you tried to change your ps filter and flush your system
No, didn't even know I had a PS filter! lol. All of the fluids getting changed is on my list.

It's not horrible, just harder than I'm used-to at low speeds. My buddy that plows snow in several different vehicles told me the Super Duties steer hard compared to Chevys that you can spin the steering wheel with one finger.

2002 F250 7.3 PS SC LB 4X4 Auto. 81k miles.
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