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.

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

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 drive we might recommend using our 1.5" ram even with bigger tires.

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.

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

You can, but it is not recommended. The clamps on the market right now all have a tendency of sliding on the tie rod.

WHAT STEERING GEARBOXES DO YOU REBUILD / MODIFY FOR RAM ASSIST?

We can rebuild and/or modify for ram assist just about any power steering gearbox. 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.

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 after you install the ram than it did before. Also, we build our rams so that they use the least amount of fluid possible without sacrificing strength.

DO I NEED TO MODIFY MY POWER STEERING PUMP?

We do recommend you modify your pump 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.

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.

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

We have several built gearboxes in stock. We can send out a complete kit including a ready to install gearbox. There will be a core charge for the gearbox we supply. The core charge varies by application. We will refund your gearbox 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.

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 a handling or death wobble problem.

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.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REBUILD MY GEARBOX?

If your gearbox 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.

DO YOU SHIP OVERSEAS?

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

CAN YOU FIX MY BROKEN GEARBOX?

We can fix most gearboxes. Repairs are handled on a case to case basis. We will contact you with an estimate to repair upon inspecting your gearbox. We have bearings and seals, but we cannot get any other parts for 09+ JK gearboxes.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN JEEP JK GEARBOXES?

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 gearboxes were made by Delphi. The 10-16 gearboxes are branded JL. They are completely interchangeable and equal in strength.

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 are called -6AN or -6JIC. It is commonly available at most automotive, hose, and industrial supply stores.

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. Please call us to set up an appointment.

DO YOU SELL GEARBOX REBUILD KITS?

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

DO YOU SELL THE REDNECK RAM PARTS SEPARATELY?

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

HOW DO I SHIP YOU MY GEARBOX?

Please fill out and include our order form with your gearbox. 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 gearboxes. Please tape over and pad the input and sector shaft splines to protect them. We do not need your pitmanarm, but can remove it for you if you need us to.

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 are swapped when ordering, to ensure we get you the correct parts.