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Old 05-09-2018, 10:06 PM
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Hey everyone, power steering pump is falling apart, so I figure it's time to do a check and update of the whole steering system. 4.0 '96 ZJ, mostly street use right now, but want it to be offroad ready and happy.

Biggest thing is obviously replacing the pump, but I'd be glad to hear any other suggestions for any of the steering system.

Regarding the pump, I've read quite a bit on different sites. Seems like it would be worth the money to get a better than stock pump. I've read the Durango pump swaps over pretty easily and is an improvement. I also read a long thread here: https://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=946090 that, among other things, talks about using a 2001 pump.

SPS/Variable Assist... With how much commuting I am doing in the Jeep these days, this might actually be nice.

I have one of these for my transmission. Might add one for the p/s too:
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Then there's places like Lee Power Steering, West Texas Offroad, and a few other places I've seen who have custom solutions for a decent chunk of my paycheck.



Lots of questions... Thanks for any info! Will do a post+pictures with the final product.

*edit* Will probably add a filter to. Magna-Pure or Magnefine probably.

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Ok, new idea, going to look into electric p/s pump options.
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If it was me, well it was me actually, I would use a high pressure OEM style pump. You can use that )1 and up pump, or buy one new from AGR or similar and use that. The aftermarket pumps have 50% more pressure and volume and do make a difference in how much effort you have to use to turn the steering wheel. I would stick with something easy to replace unless you to start going hog wild.
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AGR looks like a decent option: http://www.steerco.com/product-p/816256.htm

One reason I was thinking of going electric is that when/if this thing's engine gives out, I was thinking of putting in an electric motor.

This guy did a full electric conversion. His p/s pump setup would probably work.
http://driveev.com/jeepev/convpgs/psteer.php
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Personally, I think simpler is better
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Originally Posted by 4.3L XJ View Post
Personally, I think simpler is better
exactly. Also, just because you have a better pump does not mean you should crank on your wheel more when in a bind anyway. When pushed up against a rock if my wheel does not turn with reasonable pressure I try somthing different so that I dont break anything.
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If all other things are equal, I agree of course - simpler is better.

Not all things are equal here though. Pros and cons for both options to consider.

As far as which is simpler... I dunno. There's obviously an extra motor when going with electric, but the belt-driven versions have to be designed for being continuously driven.
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