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lordoeuf
August 9th, 2017, 19:02
Is there any way to determine if a '98 Dodge Durango steering box in vehicle at the junkyard was the plow or non-plow version? From the reviews, it seems like the plow version may be the way to go on an XJ.

Ordering reman boxes, you can specify plow or non-plow, but how to tell about used boxes at the junkyard if they are plow or non-plow just by looking at the box?

burntkat
August 11th, 2017, 10:48
Don't know where you get the idea the plow version is the one to go for. Everything I've seen has been quite specific in that it's the NON-plow-prepped piece.

lordoeuf
August 12th, 2017, 03:26
From this thread and a few others,
http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=915103&page=8

I went ahead and bought a '98 Durango gear box from a salvage yard. It has about 2 3/4 turns, lock-to-lock. I was hoping for the 3 3/8" turns unit, which I understand was for the plow version.

How do we tell from the markings on the box itself if it is for plow or non-plow?

ftwelder
August 12th, 2017, 15:30
From this thread and a few others,
http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=915103&page=8

I went ahead and bought a '98 Durango gear box from a salvage yard. It has about 2 3/4 turns, lock-to-lock. I was hoping for the 3 3/8" turns unit, which I understand was for the plow version.

How do we tell from the markings on the box itself if it is for plow or non-plow?

I wonder if Dodge used a shorter pitman arm and the same box with stops removed for the snow plow version to make more steering power. Mine was from a 98 non-P and used a variable rate gear and internal stops in the box preventing a full 90* rotation. I think the only way to tell is ratio and degrees of articulation.