October 5, 2007I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x2. I'm going to be converting it to a 4x4, but I'm not just wanting to change it over to a IFS 4x4. I'm going to put a Dana 60 up front. I think I've got it under control for the most part, but I am conscerned about the steering system. Do any of y'all have any suggestions about how to change from a rack and pinion steering system to track bar steering system, do you know where I can find (at a good price) any of the parts for the swap, do you have any advice in general, etc... Thanks for any help.
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October 5, 2007Best advice;sell what you got, buy one with 4x4 from factory, all the time you spend on parts,searching,fabercating, laboring and working out kinks and gremlins you could have bought one cheaper.
October 5, 2007Buying one from the factory won't get him a solid axle D60 in the front.
You should be able to run crossover steering easily, shouldn't you? I got my crossover setup from ORU, it included the pitman and raised steering arm for the passenger knuckle. My drag link was made my my SAS kit company.
October 6, 2007I'm not going to sell/ trade in the truck. I've got a lot of time, money, etc.. into my truck. I'd much rather spend the money to make the truck I've got what I want rather than get another one. I wish that somebody made a SAS kit for my truck, but there's not one so I'm having to go from scratch on my own.
October 6, 2007I know two folks that tried to do it but never finished just two many things to do. good luck if you do it take pics to show how.
October 12, 2007It does suck theres not a kit for that truck. Its suprising theres not yet.
So yoru truck had rack and pinion now? My opinion would be that your gonna need to scrap from the end of the input shaft out. Might have to build a mount and add a gear and then go w/the crossover steering.
Another thought would be full hydro steering. First thing people always say is that its illegal on the street and it is in some places but check your local laws.
An orbital valve is a helluva lot easier to locate on yer rig than a gear and linkage would be. Either a kit can be bought for about $1200 or you can piece together one getting parts from like Tractor Supply. Although if you got the money, I would spend it for a balanced kit.
Just my opinion and maybe some help, hopefully.
October 12, 2007Im also surprised its rack and pinion...I just picture it a mitman arm/idler arm/centerlink system....thats easy to make steering for.
With rack and pinion, id by looking for a new steering box.
January 23, 2008Have you had any luck finding answers t your questions?????? Try to find a totalled 2500 with a straight axle setup and get the steering gear box, maybe the steering wheel also im not sure about that onebut if you can find a newer truck you might be able to get a steering whel with your gearbox to match the color of your interior.once you get those components you'll need or recommend getting a trac bar and fabing up a mount for that. if you get a late model dodge axle you'll just have to fab up mount brakcets for the radius arms and get some arms.Almost done I wanted to do this to my truck I have an 07 4x4 so Ive done some reserch on the parts. But get a t case and tranny from one of our model 2500 series trucks cuz it will bolt in place and so will the driveshafts from the dodge axle.
Going with a late model ford axle I wouls find a front axle form a 98-2002 ford f350 its a high pinion dana 60 just unbolt the wheel spacers and it is a standard axle (i had one for my bronco so I know)also it is leaf spring so the febrication is simple.I could go on but you might be bored by now so if you still want to know anything hit me up im on here,dodgetruckworld.com and hemitruckclub.com. or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org