FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below is a list of our frequently asked questions. If we do not address your question below please feel free to contact us with your question at 877-833-7464 or by emailing us at sales@westtexasoffroad.com.

1) WHY DO I NEED TO MEASURE MY STEERING TRAVEL AND HOW DO I MEASURE IT?

After doing hundreds of ram installs, we have a pretty good idea of what ram fits on what vehicle, but they are all modified and a little different. When you provide us with an accurate measurement we know for sure we are going to get you the best fitting product we can. If a ram is too short it can limit steering travel. If it is too long it could possibly damage parts. Here is a tech video on how to measure your steering travel. https://youtu.be/MF9IsrSVCUo (click on link)

2) WHAT SIZE RAM DO I NEED?

Our general guideline is to use our 1.5" ram for up to 37" tires, our 1.75" ram for up to 44" tires, and our 2" ram for 44+" tires. However, depending on what the vehicle is used for, these recommendations can change. For example, vehicles that are mainly steet driven, we might recommend using our 1.5" ram even with bigger tires. The difference between the 2 Rams is, the 1.5" Ram steering speed is a slight touch slower than stock. The 1.75" the steering speed is a noticable drop from stock.

3) WHAT SIZE RAMS DO YOU HAVE?

We have 1.5",1.75" and 2" bore rams. The measurement is the inside diameter of the ram. We have these rams in 6-10" lengths and can limit them in between.

4) CAN I USE A CLAMP TO ATTACH THE RAM TO MY TIE ROD?

YES You can, but it is not recommended. Most of the clamps on the market right now have a tendency of sliding on the tie rod, and are single shear setups. If you are going to use a clamp the ONLY Company we advise you to use is Carolina Metal Masters. Their 1.5" mount and the Ram clevis are designed for hydraulic assist steering. The part is called Steering stabilizer mount and ram clevis.

 

5) DO WE CENTER THE STEERING GEAR BOXES

Yes we center the steering gear boxes before placing them on the self to be shipped. We do recommend that you check the centering position first before you install the steering gear box.

6) HOW LONG IS AND WHAT DOES THE WARRANTY COVER

Our warranty covers all parts for 1 year. The warranty is limited to the seals/bearings/crimped fitting/port and tapped areas and modified power steering pump. The item undergoing the warranty will have to go through a detailed inspections before any warranties are finalized. If the item is covered through the warranty there will be no charges for repair. WE WILL NOT COVER SHIPPING OR OVER NIGHT CHARGES.  

7) DO I NEED A POWER STEERING COOLER OR BIGGER RESERVOIR?

No, you do not "NEED" a larger reservoir or cooler. You can use them if you want, but they are not required or even recommended. Your steering system should run cooler then before after you install the RedNeck Ram Kit. Also, we build our rams so that they use the least amount of fluid as possible without sacrificing strength.

8) DO I NEED TO MODIFY MY POWER STEERING PUMP?

We do recommend modifing "some pumps" for more pressure and flow, but the 1.5" ram typically does not have to have a modified pump. Here is a tech article that shows how to modify your pump or we can do it for you.

9) WILL YOUR SYSTEM HANDLE WELL AND CAN I DRIVE IT ON THE HIGHWAY?

Our kits have logged hundreds of thousands of safe street miles and keep your rig street legal. With the added power and stability your vehicle will drive better and handle bigger tires. We know that our system is completely legal for use in Texas and the rest of the United States. We are also aware of some laws in Canada that restrict welding on the steering system, but you should check your local and federal laws.

10) MY RIG IS MY DAILY DRIVER AND I CANNOT HAVE ANY DOWN TIME. WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME?

We have several built gear boxes in stock. We can send out a complete kit including a ready to install gearbox. There will be a core charge for the gear box we supply. The core charge varies by application. We will refund your gear box core charge upon receiving your good rebuildable same core. Please return core within 30 days for full credit. We also have brand new JK steering gearboxes in stock.

11) WILL YOUR KIT FIX MY DEATH WOBBLE OR HANDLING PROBLEMS?

We do not say that our kit will fix your death wobble or handling issues. That being said it does add more power to your steering to better handle large tires. The ram also acts as an extreme duty steering stabilizer and may cover up death wobble problems.

12) WHAT POWER STEERING FLUID DO YOU RECOMMEND?

We recommend any good synthetic power steering fluid that is recommended for your vehicle. In extreme cold climates we recommend using a low weight hydraulic oil.

13) HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REBUILD MY GEAR BOX?

If your gear box just needs a standard rebuild including new bearings and seals usually we can ship your gearbox back out within 5 working days. If it needs machine work or extensive repairs this time can increase. We also do get busier in springtime and around Easter Jeep Safari. Lead time can increase during these times.

14) DO YOU SHIP OVERSEAS?

We are happy to ship anywhere in the world. Your payment must be cleared in full before we will ship.

15) CAN YOU FIX MY BROKEN GEAR BOX?

We can fix most gear boxes. Repairs are handled on a case to case basis. We will contact you with an estimate to repair upon inspecting of your gear box. We have bearings and seals, but we cannot get any other parts for 09+ JK gear boxes. We can also modify just about any power steering gear box for ram assist. If you have a manual gear box we can rebuild most of those also, but it is not possible to use a manual box for ram assist. We commonly rebuild the early Ford Bronco, Toyota Land-cruiser, Jeep, Chevy, Dodge, Ford truck and even the occasional Land Rover.

16) WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN JEEP JK GEAR BOXES?

The 2 and 4 door JK's have different ratios and if mismatched can cause traction control lights to come on. The 07-early 09 gear boxes were made by Delphi. The 10-16 gear boxes are branded JL. They are completely interchangeable and equal in strength.

17) WHAT SIZE HOSES DO YOU USE?

All our hydraulic hoses are -6 R2. That means it is 3/8 hose with double braid protection with a rubberized protective coating. They are rated to 2500 psi which is much higher pressure than your steering will ever see. The fittings we use are -6JIC. It is commonly available at most automotive, hose, and industrial supply stores.

18) CAN YOU INSTALL A REDNECK RAM ON MY VEHICLE?

We would be happy to install a system on your vehicle. We have a full service shop and can perform any type of off-road performance modification. Installation starts at $450.00 Please call us to set up an appointment.

19) DO YOU SELL GEAR BOX REBUILD KITS?

We sell and stock rebuild kits for most commonly used off-road gear boxes. We have our own kits manufactured to our specifications that include upgraded heavy duty seals and bearings in many cases.

20) DO YOU SELL THE REDNECK RAM PARTS SEPARATELY?

We offer any and all of our Redneck Ram parts separately.

21) HOW DO I SHIP YOU MY GEAR BOX?

Please fill out and include our order form with your gear box. We do not recommend shipping your gearbox in a US Postal Service flat rate box. The boxes are too flimsy and fall apart resulting in lost or damaged gearboxes. We do recommend using a 5 gal. bucket to ship the gear box to us, It makes a safer trip for the gear box. Please tape over and pad the input and sector shaft splines to protect them. We do not need your pitman arm, but we can remove it for you if you need us to.

22) Will a Redneck Ram work if I have a V8 swapped JK?

Yes, we have a kit that will work with your V8 swapped Jeep JK. We just need to know that you have swapped engines when ordering, to ensure we get you the correct parts.

23) DO I USE A FILTER

Yes we highly recommand using an inline filter.  This will help catch any debris from entering the power steering system which could cause several different issues.

We do have the filters in stock, we use Wix filter pt# 58953 which is a inline transmission filter.  This part number should cross ref to other filters as well.

24) DOES THE KIT FIT IFS

Yes, the kit will fit most IFS rigs it might take just alittle fab work to mount it up.

25) MAKING THE RAM PARALLEL

When installing the ram it needs to be placed with the same distance continuously between the plains. If you don't do this method it will have binding issues. It causes the object that you are attaching it to, to roll or twist on its axis before pushing or pulling. 

FAQ 25 and 26 go togather

26) CENTERING THE RAM

Make sure the ram is mounted in the middle of the steering travel.

27) WHY DOES MY STEERING WHEEL HAVE EXCESSIVE PLAY.

1) Steering wheel loose on the shaft

2) A loose connection exists between steering wheel intermediate shaft and the steeing colum

3) Steering gear loose at frame

4) Pitman arm loose on steering gear box sector shaft

5) Steering link components are loose or worn

6) Steering gear box is out of adjustment

28) WHY IS IT HARD TO TURN ONE WAY BUT NOT THE OTHER

1) Tire pressure may be unequal

2) Vehicle is overloaded or under serious stress

3) Hydralic system has inadequate pressure

4) Gear box has excessive internal leakage in that direction of turn

 5) Internal valve damage

29) WHY IS MY VEHICLE DRIFTING OR WOUNDERING

1) Incorrect tire pressure

2) Loose or worn out steering components

3) Wheel bearings may be improperly adjusted or worn out

4) Vehicle needs alignment 

5) Loose rear axle assemblies

6) Steering gear box is out of adjustment or worn out

7) Brakes are dragging 

8) Shocks or springs my be faulty or worn out