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...or three days as it turned out. What started off as a planned day of work eventually turned into three days, with numerous trips to the store and a lot of cussing.

The main objectives of the "day" were:

1/ Weld sleeves inside of front axle tubes.
2/ Replace front axle shafts (and seals) with chromoly shafts.
3/ Weld gussets on axle C pieces.
4/ Replace ball joints.
5/ Replace tie rod ends.
6/ Replace steering box with one ported for hydro assist.
7/ Install Red Neck Ram hydro assist.
8/ Weld new stinger on to bumper and reinforce bumper.

I ran into quite a few parts that did not want to come apart, so the whole job took a lot longer than I expected, and a little head scratching at times, but I got it all done, eventually.

Here's a few pics of various stages of the work:



















 

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Looking tough! Can't wait to hear how it does for ya.:jeep2:
 

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Can't wait to hear your feedback on the ram assist..
I won't get to do any real wheelin' until Feb, but so far I like it. At slow speeds I can't really tell much of a difference, at highway speeds it makes the steering feel very stable. Input from the road does effect the steering at all (something I suffered from before). It's now just about only input from the steering wheel that as any effect.

I can let of go of the wheel at 70 mph on a relatively rough road surface and the steering wheel barely moves at all. On the other side of that, when you turn the wheel it requires little effort although doesn't feel loose, so you better make sure you want to turn.

Overall, I'm very happy with it and the Red Neck Ram setup, while more basic then the PSC is about a third of the cost.
 

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When you are driving down the freeway that is slightly banked and you have to hold the wheel slightly left to go straight, does the steering wheel slowly move left while the wheels stay straight??

I have heard of people putting on a disconnect steering wheel so they can recenter it in tis situation. If yours does move like that what do you do to re straighten the steeering wheel with it being fixed??
 

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When you are driving down the freeway that is slightly banked and you have to hold the wheel slightly left to go straight, does the steering wheel slowly move left while the wheels stay straight??
No, the drag link is still connected, so there is still a mechanical link between the wheels and steering wheel and one will obviously do what the other does.

I have heard of people putting on a disconnect steering wheel so they can recenter it in tis situation. If yours does move like that what do you do to re straighten the steeering wheel with it being fixed??
It would only happen with full hydro, which would have no mechanical link, and as far as I know full hydro is not legal for on-road use, but I may be wrong.
 

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so what would be the benifit of full hydro vs Hydr assist?
Full hydro requires no mechanical linkage, so it will work regardless of where you place the axle and there is no mechanical linkage or steering box to break. The drag link is one less thing to worry about also when setting up for a lot of flex.
 

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When are we wheeling?
K-Rocks Feb 20/21 for definite. Got a cabin booked already, so if you need a bunk just LMK. I was hoping to get out on opening weekend, but it's the wife's birthday on Feb 8 and she kind of pulled a face when I mentioned I might be going to Katemcy, so maybe not.
 

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that's one big stinger! looks like it angles forward quite a bit....seems like if you had to use it, you should be worried about all that leverage being put on it, with not a lot of surface area for the welds.
 

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that's one big stinger! looks like it angles forward quite a bit....seems like if you had to use it, you should be worried about all that leverage being put on it, with not a lot of surface area for the welds.
It wasn't supposed to be that big, but the guy who bent it for me made it a little wider than I wanted. I kind of like it the way it is though.

I agree that tying it in to the frame would be better, but without steel tube fenders the only other way I could see of doing it was making some holes in the grille and going back to the frame, and I'm not quite ready to do that.

As it is it is actually pretty well supported to the bumper, and I suspect the stinger itself or the bumper will give before the welds. I also reinforced the bumper under that area with some 1/4" plate. I'm not 100% happy with it, but I'm close and it will work as intended (I think).
 

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Nice Job Phil! Do you sell Redneck Ram stuff? My buddy needs some repair parts for his and we can't seem to find his # anymore... also want to have him make a tie rod too as I've seen them act like bulldozers and spring right back! We'll order from you if you're a vendor of his!
 
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