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#161 Old 09-03-2007, 03:05 PM
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OK, got my kit installed yesterday afternoon. Did it on the truck and it went slow because I've never dealt with steering before and I was working off a faxed set of instructions instead of nice color printouts. However, if I had to do another installation today I could probably do it in 30 minutes, depending on how fast the spring came off.

Anyways, bottom line is the kit completely fixed the snap crackle and pop in my steering. Good as new. I recommend this fix to anyone who's steering isn't quiet and smooth. An outstanding $60 investment.

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#162 Old 09-03-2007, 03:24 PM
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I'd like to have one but seems as if no one can get in touch with him.

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Try this e-mail address: dbazley@rocksolidramtrucksteering.com

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Glad to hear you got it installed AOK - even if the faxed instructions weren't quite the same, you did great. It's not hard, really.

It just feels weird because you can't see the defective part - it's hidden up inside the lower end of the column outer shell - until you cut that retainer, pull of the spring, then pull the worn parts out, then it all makes sense. The stock part that gets worn and allows noise to occur is a cheap looking bearing that sits in a metal or plastic cup (Dodge used both types here & there).

This bearing is so chinzy you wouldn't expect it to work on your daughters roller skate, let alone to steer our trucks.

Anyhow, throw that stuff away and put in our retrofit unit and you're good to go.

BTW, I'm answering all emails usually the same day, sometimes in an hour or two.

I'll also attempt to stay abreast of comments here on the forum boards, of course !

I appreciate your patience - we're but a humble enterprise - but we aim to please you by shipping the kits out that you decide you need.

Mecgmecg, appreciate your report on how the job went. Happy Steering.

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Ok, I just ordered mine.

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Awesome fix, I have no clunk but I can feel some slight play in the last few days.

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Got mine in today and after looking over the instructions, looks quite simple.
I'll jump on this right after I get back from Auburn on Saturday.

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Alright Fox Fader...glad to hear that you got your part, we all look forward to seeing and hearing how things went when you do the install.
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Got it done yesterday, quite simple to do. Feels better, no more clunk. Steering a little tight though.

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I greased up the inside of my bushing from the kit with wax that you lube a bike chain with. Worked great and the steering didn't feel tight at all. Might be a good addition to the instructions.

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I was just about to grab my chain lube when I though I better follow the directions, but I was wrong. I used grease, but it apparently is not good enough. I emailed for some help cause I believe the bushing will get destroyed upon removal. I don't wanna dis on his merchandise, but the longer it takes to get help well.......

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I've read that other guys in this thread had the same problem as you. But, it seems that simply driving for a while will get the bushing to loosen up it's grip on the shaft and the steering effort returns to normal.

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Well I sure hope it does.

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I greased up the inside of my bushing from the kit with wax that you lube a bike chain with. Worked great and the steering didn't feel tight at all. Might be a good addition to the instructions.

What was the stuff that you used on yours? I am waiting for mine to show up and I would rather have to go purchase some of that than have real stiff steering for a few weeks.

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You can go to walmart and get motorcycle chain lube, a white water-proof spray.
And I would spray the whole shaft and the inside of the bushing well.

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Got it done yesterday, quite simple to do. Feels better, no more clunk. Steering a little tight though.
I got mine in the mail yesterday and I was wondering if it is easier to do with the column in the truck or did you guys remove the column alltogether?

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It takes a lot less time to do it on the truck. It's cramped quarters in there because of the brake booster, but it can be done.

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That is what I was hoping. I really don't want to take the dash apart since that always starts another round of squeaks that you have to find.

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Did mine column in.

Good news, it has loosened quite a bit.
Bad news, now that it's loose it seems to be doing the clunk again, but only a fraction of they way it was before... or is it my imagination?

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