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Re: Jeep box upgrade-PICS-and then some...
This thread appears to be the "reference" thread for the JGC steering gear update, so I thought I'd add some new information I received this morning from BBB industries. BBB industries is the company that rebuilds many of the steering gears sold in the US. They recently purchased ATSCO, so they provide the gears for Autozone, ACDelco and many others. I simply asked them if they sold a steering gear that provided the exact same specifications as the JGC gear (I.e. 12.7 ratio, 87 degrees (43 degrees, 30 minutes each direction from center) of pitman arm travel and 3.1 turns lock to lock on the input shaft. Their response:
"No sir we do not offer an exact replacement for your current gear"
This confirms my measurements obtained from two Autozone gears and two ACDelco 36g0070 gears. All were 14 to 1 "generic" gears that were assembled to fit many applications. This also seems to contradict the popular belief that these companies just throw together the remanufactured gears with whatever parts happen to be returned as cores. I believe they know exactly what they are doing and they have decided that a 14 to 1 box is the best generic match for their business. This also convinces me that it won't be possible to buy a remanufactured 12.7 JGC gear, so the only option will be a used gear obtained from a JGC, or one of the more expensive aftermarket gears from AGR, Turn One, or the others. Does anybody have any measured data obtained from remanufactured gears that shows otherwise? I'd sure like to find a "correct" JGC gear, but don't believe that it's currently an option. Please let me know, as I'm hoping somebody will prove me wrong.
BTW - I sent the same inquiry to Lares, so I'll update my response when and if Lares responds