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Steering Box Identification Help Needed

1244 Views 5 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  JIML82
I am sure this is one more for JIML82 to answer - I purchased on ebay what was supposed to be steering box from a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 80K miles from a salvage yard that supposedly only deals in Jeeps. Upon arrival, I cleaned the end cap and the alpha code read BH clear as day. According to Jim's power steering pages, BH refers to a 1970 A-8 SWagon so I decided to take some measurements.

First of all, the input shaft is 3/4" which is correct for a late 70's plus gear as I understand it (not a 1970 wagon).
Lock to lock, the input shaft rotates 3.37 turns.
Lock to lock, the pitman arm sweeps 84.5 degrees.
By my calculations, that means I have about a 14.3:1 ratio box (assuming it is a fixed ratio) which doesn't match the 1970 wagon or the Jeep GC.
I made all of these measurements twice via two different methods and they were exactly the same both times.

So what box do I have exactly?
I wanted a GC box or equivalent so do I have enough information to argue that the seller should replace the box at no additional cost to me?

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Oh, the pitman arm is attached and it looks like a Jeep GC arm. Also, it appears that the retaining nut has never been removed so the arm should be original to the box. Of course, that doesn't explain the alpha code, the ratio, or the range.

Jim - I figured the alpha codes were probably not completely unique. Were all GC boxes 12.7:1? Since this box is clearly a 14:1 box with 3 3/8 turns lock to lock, do you think the seller sent me a box from another Jeep rather than a GC?

Thanks again,
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