hydro assisted 60

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by Winslow, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. Winslow

    Winslow

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    Winters here and I think its time for a little more power in the power steering. Anyone now where to sourse the ram for a hydro-assist steering? Also, Any tips on where to drill the steering box? With 38s and a front locker, she's getting pretty hard to pilot in the rocks
     
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    West Texas off road (Redneck Ram) will port your stock steering box. They also sell you the other parts you need. Good guys, I've had several boxes rebuilt there.
     
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    i see post all the time concerning disc brakes and such for all types of vehicles race car stuff will easily do the trick try www.afco.com they have a servo from sweet mfg that will run a remote slave weld on brake brackets for discs alum. radiators and all kinds of cool other s***!good day,BRAD
     
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    muddogbob, Thanks for the help. That's a sweet write-up you did. I'll start drillin' and tappin' after the next payday.
     
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    Ha, sorry. I didn't mean to imply that it was my writeup! This is the writeup I followed to do my drill and tap. This writeup is for a yota pickup, but they box is tapped the same exact way for our wagons.

    Good luck
     
  6. HZJ60 Guy

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    Here are some pics of mine. Rob Lassman of Radd Cruisers did the box tapping and install.

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  7. GLTHFJ60

    GLTHFJ60 Rum Runnin' SILVER Star

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    Damn. That's a nice install. How much did it cost?

    How easy is it to turn now? Justify the cost?

    :beer:
     
  8. HZJ60 Guy

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    I wish I could tell you. I bought the axles from Mr. Straub already set up. I havent driven her yet!!! I'll report in as soon as I do.
     
  9. Winslow

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    pump mods

    It sounds like to get the juices flowing you need to also pull any kind of restrictor from the pump itself. I think I'll contract the drilling and tapping to the guys in Texas, I can probably handle the welding. Wonder if I'll still need a steering stabilizer? Probably not.
     
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    The ram acts like a steering stabalizer. A really really BIG stabalizer!
     
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    For those who've done it, what difference do you notice with stock suspension and tire size? Looks like something good to do once I have larger tires, but do I really need to worry about it before then?
     
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    You won't need assist unless you're running at least 35s and a front locker.
     
  13. HZJ60 Guy

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    Im running 37" MTR's with a front ARB.
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    same here
     
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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    "Need" is such an arbitrary word ;)


    Stock 60 steering sucks.. Adding hydro assist will only help it.

    I am going to port my box and eventually go hydro assist :)
     
  16. GLTHFJ60

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    Anyone know how expensive the kit/parts are?

    That might help in the decision making process.

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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    Depends, I believe hte WT kit is like $499 and he rebuilds your box :)


    Just getting the box ported and rebuilt is $150
    their ram is about $160

    if you can source your own parts (the ram on my 40 was $43) costs can be kept to a minimum.

    The problem is that you want a 1.5" ram with a 6" stroke. Not typically an on the shelf thing..
     
  18. GLTHFJ60

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    True. $500 is not bad for a complete conversion.

    Now are we limited to a 1.5 inch ram, or could we run bigger? In theory, if you could fit a bigger ram, then you would have more pushing power for not that much more money. Just a thought.

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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    Problem with a bigger ram is the potential for "lag time" in turning. Basically, when you are sitting still there will be a second or two where you cannot turn until the ram builds up pressure and the box is allowed some assist pressure.

    It happens on my 40 with a 2" ram. Not too bad but on a mostly street rig I would not suggest it.

    But yes, a 2" ram will give you more assist. But a 1.5" ram is all you really need in a street 60
     
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