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Old 01-04-2012, 09:37 PM
tfs2403 tfs2403 is offline
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Vehicle: 1996
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Color: blue
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
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For what its worth, I replaced my sons 96 ram steering box. We bought one from Autozone and found the threads for the steering lines were all screwed up. They did not have another in stock but we needed the unit faster than that to get the truck on the road. We got our money back from Autozone and drove over to O reillys and got another gear box. The o reillys box went in really nice and had no issues. It has been in for a few weeks now and has been working pretty good.
Cant tell ya why there is such a difference in the core charge....
The Autozone box was probably just a freak thing, but it didn't help that we were in a hurry.
Generally I go to O reillys, I have found their parts to seem of better quality and the guys there are much more friendly.

Changing out the gear box is pretty simple, make sure you get a good pitman puller, ours was a real ***** to remove. Other than that it went pretty easy.

Good luck
Robb (Also a public servant)
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