Steering nightmare's finally over

Texas charger 73

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I had pulled my box last yr and had it rebuilt. when i swapped engines I put the box back in... low and behold shop had set input shaft preload to tight and it wouldn't center... I tried everything from alignment to all new front steering components... nothing fixed it.. I wanted a borgeson box, but wasn't in my budget so I was looking at FF and was not in budget as well. I went the route of Parts store for replacement and first box ordered looked nothing like mine and had an internal pressure valve... I finally found one at Oreilly's that was the same and it was only $120 with my employers discount... I have crappy cheap long tube headers the cylinder one tube ran right in the way of easily removing the box yet again. I had to remove power steering pump, battery, battery tray unbolt the header, motor mount and jack engine up and still pry it out... it was took me 3 days to swap this out as i couldn't get it out.. fought an fought... I finally got new box in and hooked all up and went for a drive and man it didn't seem right.. I thought I had gotten another bad box.. I jacked the front of the car up and when I cranked it it slightly moved so I loosened the pressure valve on top and tapped it till the wheel stopped moving either direction on its on... tightened it back up and went for a drive.... ITS FIXED NOW!!!!!... only thing left is I have the pitman arm off one master spline as there is 4 and steering wheel isn't straight, but I can drive my car and that's just success to me... I still want a Borgeson box, but that's gonna be in the distant future....
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To swap a steering box costs you 10 years of your life if you have headers, for me it was the same with the Steer & Gear box.
And I am going to do it again soon for a Borgeson, at least the installation will be easier.

I was just wondering, did you loosen the adjuster nut and adjusted the screw on the top?
From what I know is not to touch that one as when making it tighter causes binding on both ends of the steering.
Yours could have been too sloppy though.
Others might know what is behind it, as long as it is safe to do so and your steering does not suddenly bind up or starts a life on its own during driving.
 

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To swap a steering box costs you 10 years of your life if you have headers, for me it was the same with the Steer & Gear box.
And I am going to do it again soon for a Borgeson, at least the installation will be easier.

I was just wondering, did you loosen the adjuster nut and adjusted the screw on the top?
From what I know is not to touch that one as when making it tighter causes binding on both ends of the steering.
Yours could have been too sloppy though.
Others might know what is behind it, as long as it is safe to do so and your steering does not suddenly bind up or starts a life on its own during driving.
i talked to steer and gear as well as firm feel and they pretty much diagnosed the box i had rebuilt by local shop.. i tried adjusting pressure valve and the adjuster screw and nothing worked so i bit the bullet and swapped in another factory box, but now i have Doug's headers to install and the next box swap to borgeson in the future will be much easier
 

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