That escalated quickly!
Apparently, I bent my sector shaft the last time I went wheeling at I have feeling I know when, but it’s baffling that it actually bent. My ABS was going ape shit. Steering wheel way off center. I took out the stock box and it binds part way through the cycle – a sure sign of a bent sector shaft.
My options were limited. I could have replaced it with a stock box for $500. Nah. I could have ordered a but they were 2+ weeks before they could ship. That would be cutting it close for an upcoming trip to Another option would be to get a ported box, but not get the ram, but that seemed to be kind of a waste of effort. The last option would be to just get the complete kit – rip off the bandaid. I went with the Big Bore XD2 steering box, with the new pump, larger reservoir and the cooler.
To say this “kit” was easy to install would be an over statement. It’s more of a collection of parts than a complete kit. There are instructions that literally contradict each other – that could have been catastrophic. The fittings that came with the cooler make it impossible to mount it behind the grill – I got new fittings from And there is no way to mount the reservoir without having to modify the stock air box. I cut a huge hole in the bottom of it to make room for the hoses. I still need to figure out how I want to fill that part in.
I did have to modify my track bar bracket. There wasn’t enough vertical room to mount the tabs for the ram. And my first gen track bar would interfere with the Big Bore steering box and the hoses that feed the ram. I ended up replacing it with the newer edition.
I took my time over a little more than a week. I’m thinking about giving it a test run next weekend at Southington before our trip to AOAA.