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Old 02-09-2011, 03:06 AM
Screamintrashcan Screamintrashcan is offline
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I don't know anything about the gearboxes wearing out, however, in my humble opinion, the character that designed the track rod stabilization system on these trucks wasted all the money momma and pa spent on his education. I spent around $1k on track rods on my 2 Rams before I came across a super little invention that I truly wish I could take credit for. If you put dodge track rod into ebay's search, you should be able to find a rebuild kit on there for about $65-75. This is a terrific, long lasting slop-adjustable end assembly for the sloppy drivers side of that rod, it also works on tie rod ends.(economical fix for the long rod when worn out. VERY well thought out and if you have a grinder or die grinder, Its about a 20 minute less expensive permanent fix for a sloppy overworked undersized rod end. I was quite apprehensive when I bought my first one, but when it arrived, I was extremely impressed. That kit is american ingenuity at its best. Both of my trucks wiggle their noses like bunny rabbits when the vehicle is not in motion when you turn the steering to and fro, due to the weak design up front, but I don't notice that while driving with a good track rod, and I've also had to change the long tie rod and the drivers side tie rod end on both trucks, word to the wise, if you need to change them, count threads, and in this salted down region where I live, unscrewing the ends requires an oxy/acytl torch, for heating. The kit does not come with a nut or cotter pin, so you'd be wise to get new ones, take the kit with ya for thread comparisons for the castellated nut. I may be way off base, but most of my troubles have been related to that drivers end of the track rod. Good luck!!
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