Have a worn out factory 14mm frame side bracket or bolt for your third gen? This 16mm bolt allows you to drill out the factory frame side bracket to upgrade the bolt diameter of your track bar. This is meant to be used in conjunction with Carli Suspension, Thuren Suspension or other aftermarket track bars that allow for a 16mm frame side joint.
This bolt WILL NOT work with a factory 03-07 14mm frame side joint track bar. It must be used with a track bar designed for a 16mm frame side bolt.
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Tired of sloppy, clunking steering on the front end of your 2003-2008 Dodge 2500/3500 pickup? Mopar has created this solution to upgrade from the lousy "Y" style steering to this improved "T" style steering, effectively updating the steering on your Dodge pickup to the style currently sold on new Dodge HD pickups. The downfall of the Y style steering is that the drag link is a fixed piece that connects to the steering knuckle. As a result, your toe angle changes as the suspension moves through the travel, which causes vague, wandering steering and poor tire wear, especially with long travel suspension. With the T-style steering, toe angle stays constant as the tie rod is one piece connecting the two steering knuckles on the axle together, and the drag link then mounts to that.
This steering upgrade is known to alleviate slop, alleviate some cases of bump steer, and even fix death wobble in trucks with worn out steering joints.
If you are moving from the factory 2003-2008 Y style steering(non 08.5+) you must order the updated pitman arm for the correct geometry. Please see the photo in the group above if you need help identifying your steering!
Mopar 2008.5 Dodge HD Steering Upgrade
Perfect kit to replace leveling kit
This Mopar Big Box fits 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks and offers improved durability and strength compared to the factory steering box.
Dodge Ram trucks are notorious for steering issues and wear because people often use inferior grade parts to replace the factory units when they eventually wear out. The Mopar Big Box is an OEM new box that is up to the task. Unlike many re-manufactured boxes that are simply re-built, this is a brand new product assembled and produced by Mopar.
In our experience this box is a fantastic and durable solution for trucks seeing heavy use, or trucks that have 35" or 37” ties that put more strain on the steering parts. The larger internals and massive sector shaft have no issues bearing the additional load!
This box does require the larger, included pitman arm since the sector shaft is larger than the OEM. This box typically requires a modified box brace due to the sector shaft size as well. In our experience we don’t find them to be necessary with this box on 03-08 Ram trucks. This box also works with the factory steering pump.
Mopar Part # 68170214AA
Installed this in my 3rd gen Power Wagon w/ 37's. Also installed (from CJC) Synergy components as recommended. All is well, but the steering effort increased noticeably. No love lost, but if doing this again, I'd have also considered adding a PSC kit for more sensitive steering while towing a 5K# travel trailer.
Enjoy the setup! It sounds to us like you may need a new power steering pump. If the box was worn out enough to be replaced, the pump is likely struggling as well! The Mopar big box does traditionally have a slightly heavier steering feel, but a worn out pump will exaggerate that greatly!