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Steering Stabilizer on 1996 Dodge Ram 4x4, 5.9 360, 35"tires 3" l

Was looking to replace my steering stabilizer with an OEM replacement for my original. After much research, and consideration, I understand that it is best to go with a dual system if the veh. has tires 35" and over, or alot of weight on the front end. If I buy a "complete kit" is it hard to install? I'm only going to have 18 days to do it while I'm home visiting from Iraq, so can't afford any problems. Thanks for the help!

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The kits are very easy to install. I have dual setups on all my trucks. It makes a huge difference no matter what size tire you're runnning. Take a look at skyjacker or procomp. I run both systems with no problems.

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My rack and pion is leaking , how do i replace

To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section. NOTE: The wheels of the vehicle must be straight ahead and the steering column in the LOCK position before disconnecting the steering column or intermediate shaft from the steering gear. Failure to do so will cause the SIR coil assembly (clock spring) to become uncentered, which may cause damage to the assembly.
  2. Lock the steering column by installing the J42640 into the underside of the steering column.
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4. Remove the tires and wheels.
  5. Remove the power steering gear heat shield.
  6. Remove or disconnect the following: CAUTION
    Failure to disconnect the intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion stub shaft can result in damage to the steering gear and/or intermediate shaft. This damage can cause loss of steering control, which could result in personal injury.
    • Intermediate shaft lower pinch bolt and coupling from gear
    • Pressure and return pipes from the gear
    • Electrical connector, if equipped
      Stabilizer shaft links at lower control arms
    • Remove the left stabilizer shaft insulator.
    • Rotate the stabilizer shaft to access steering gear bolts.
    • The outer tie rod retaining nuts.
    • Using J24319-B separate the outer tie rods from the steering knuckles.
    • Rack and pinion attaching bolts
    • Rack and pinion assembly through the left wheel opening.
  7. Transfer the outer tie rods if replacing the power steering gear.
To Install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Rack and pinion assembly through the left wheel opening and tighten the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
    • Electrical connector, if equipped
      Pressure and return lines to the steering gear and tighten the fittings to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm)
    • Heat shield and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 7 ft. Lbs. (10 N)
    • Install the left stabilizer shaft insulator.
  2. Install stabilizer shaft Links to lower control arms
  3. Intermediate shaft to the steering gear and tighten the pinch bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
  4. Install the outer tie rods to the steering knuckles.
  5. Install the outer tie rods retaining nuts. torque the nuts to 22ft.lbs(30 Nm) plus an additional 180 degrees.
  6. Install the tires and wheels.
  7. Lower the vehicle.
  8. Remove the steering column anti rotation pin from the steering column.
  9. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  10. Adjust the front toe.

Lock the steering column by installing the Steering Column Anti Rotation Pin tool J 42640 into the underside of the steering column--Aurora

Steering gear mounting bolts--Aurora

Power Rack & Pinion Steering Gear Heat Shield Removal & Installation To Remove:
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • The stabilizer shaft links.
    • Rotate the stabilizer shaft downward.
    • The electrical harness clip.
    • Power steering gear heat shield mounting bolts.
    • The heat shield.
To Install:
  1. Install the power steering gear heat shield.
  2. Install or connect the following:
    • The mounting bolts And torque to 89in.lbs.(10 Nm)
    • The electrical harness clip.
    • Rotate the stabilizer shaft into position.
    • The stabilizer shaft links.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
Figure of heat shield removed from above rack bolts with location shown


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Power Steering Gear Replacement
Removal Procedure

  1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
  2. Remove the tires and wheels.
  3. Remove the stabilizer shaft links from the control arms.
  4. Remove the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle.

5. Remove the intermediate shaft lower pinch bolt from the power steering gear.

  1. Remove the stabilizer shaft.

7. Remove the power steering hoses from the from the power steering gear.

8. Remove the power steering gear bolts from the frame.

  1. Remove the power steering gear through the left wheel opening.

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