Originally Posted by dburkhart
I was wondering if this new bushing is press fitted into the steering tube or some other method?
H dburkhart & all, sorry I was away for so long....yes, it's press fit (with provided tool) into the lower end of your steering columns "outer housing/tube".
First you remove the worn stock column lower bushing parts, then the new precision Nylon bushing fits smartly into the housing, and locates the inner shaft precisely, which tightens things up - clunk or other irritating noise is eliminated, and -'added bonus' - steering column slop is reduced as far as possible.
(the included instructions give a step by step...)
If you still have steering wander after this, it's got to be either:
a) intermediate steering shaft (replace if sloppy, no adj possible)
b) sloppy steering box (which may just need adjustment...)
c) loose / worn ball joints on steering drag linkage assy (replace with stock or upgrade with Luke's link units)
and yes fish101, willus & dburkhardt, we do offer the complete repair kit as the "Rock Solid Ram Truck Steering" - it includes install tool, bushing, retainer & nice color illustrated instructions that are pretty foolproof - so it is now available - quite a few guys have improved their steering response & gotten rid of the irritating clunks & rattles - and avoided paying Dodge parts approximately
$ 900 for a new steering column which has the same problem
Please keep in mind we make them precision on a lathe custom, so it takes about 2 weeks to ship from when you order. (If ordering, please specify : manual or auto transmission)
More details here:
Take Care, David B "RamVan (& Truck !)Man"