I went out and measured the distance from the column housing to the end of the stock coupler in Jigsaw....
Next, I measured the column for Ginger.
11 1/4" I had tapped it out about 1/2" too much. I tapped it back and installed the column. Mary was taking a nap so I went ahead and did it myself. New parts sure do slide together easier than old ones!
I lifted the car up to get the tires in the air then started it up. I made a couple of sweeps left to right then the pump made noise that it was low. I topped it off. This took almost 1 full quart to fill with the pump, lines and box empty.
On the ground, it was immediately evident how much easier it is to steer. The Firm Feel and F/R arms made it feel like 16-1 manual steering. On a scale with stock Mopar steering rated at 0 and my old setup at 100, this Borgeson effort comes in around 35 or so. Seriously, I did not expect the steering to feel this easy. I like it though. Manual shift and stiff steering can be annoying sometimes.
As stated by others, yes...the steering response is excellent. No bad manners. Linear feel, equal tension instead of how it was before.
The old setup with the slop had that low effort center that hit a hard edge when the slop was taken up. It reminded me of worn out manual steering where it is easy until it isn't. That is a crappy arrangement. This has even feel throughout. This is what we feel in our daily drivers so it is what feels comfortable. Comfort inspires confidence.
No leaks, no issues. It tracks straight but I do need to center the steering wheel. I can clock the tie rod sleeves or pull the steering wheel and clock the adapter. The tires hit the frame rail before the lower ball joint steering stops touch the LCAs so I have room to work with that.
Here are the approximate costs I had for the build.
Borgeson kit including the steering box, coupler, coupler rebuild kit and hose adapters: $895 shipped.
Paint, ATF4, drill bits and Zerks + Grease $58.
GM P/S fluid $13
Is it worth it?
That is a relative question. For me it is worth it. I have long felt that this steering box was the Achilles heel of how the car handles. It was like a beautiful woman with horrible breath. $966 buys a LOT of toothpaste though!