redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby albrow100 [OP] » January 10th 2018, 4:09am

I put a reman napa steering box in my awd van 6 months ago and its never felt right and has begun to leak from the input seal
I could get it warrantied but, i wasn't impressed with the quality

does anyone have first hand experience with using a redhead steering box
Is it worth the extra $?
does it get rid of a lot of slop?
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby 1lowcab » January 10th 2018, 4:21am

Never had one but have heard good things about them.

I replaced mine with an ACDelco reman steering box, it was a big improvement over my old worn out original.
I did just get under it recently and tightened the adjuster on it barely an 1/8 turn , huge improvement there!

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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby WinnieVan » January 10th 2018, 4:26am

I think I need to do that... little bit sloppy, especially after the lift.
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby 1lowcab » January 10th 2018, 4:29am

Give it a shot, worth a try.
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby WimpTech » January 10th 2018, 5:23am

careful there my friend, too much preload and say byebye to that box before you know it. Mine's fairly well doo-doo because i over did it... so yeah 1/8 turn at a time. Wehn you let go of the wheel it should return to center while putting around town.
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby 1lowcab » January 10th 2018, 5:35am

It took me about 3 times adjusting it to get to the barely 1/8 turn, so yeah, don't go hog wild on it.
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby WinnieVan » January 10th 2018, 5:37am

Wimpazz wrote:careful there my friend, too much preload and say byebye to that box before you know it. Mine's fairly well doo-doo because i over did it... so yeah 1/8 turn at a time. Wehn you let go of the wheel it should return to center while putting around town.
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Regarding redhead... I hear good things too and will likely get one.


Good information -- sorry for the thread jack. I doubt it needs much. It drives OK just is difficult to maintain a line on sweeping turns at highway speeds.

If i had the cash, I'd just pony up for a new box but I'll see what a small adjustment does first.
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby 1lowcab » January 10th 2018, 5:42am

I think there are people on here running a Redhead box, they should check in soon.


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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby AstroWill » January 10th 2018, 6:00am

Not much better if life than a redhead box.

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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby 1lowcab » January 10th 2018, 6:03am

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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby 4Zsnow » January 10th 2018, 6:16am

I did go through two. The first one seeped via the input seal. It was nice and tight but the small seep was no bueno for moi. I yanked it out and they gave me another one ( happen to live close to them ). The second one has pure heaven.

Would I go with them again? heck yes. Well worth it as I have put their stuff in other builds of mine.
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby markmitch » January 10th 2018, 3:59pm

I was once married to a red head box but she cheated so I left does that count? All kidding aside do they offer a quick ratio box to replace mine in my RS?

Has anyone looked into these? https://p-s-t.com/c-1176121-suspension- ... g-box.html
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby Rinny » January 10th 2018, 4:06pm

I have a Redhead in my 2001 f350 7.3L 4X4 crew cab. Love it!!
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby markmitch » January 10th 2018, 5:35pm

So tell us how does your significant other feel about you having a red head in your truck? or is she the redhead? lol kidding of course. I have a leaking steering box in my Astro but it may just be the lines and it is a quick ratio steering box so I was actually being somewhat serious once the rain season ends I will have to find out what is actually leaking and fix it or replace the box. If it is the box I will look into either replacing it or sending it out to have it rebuilt. These dang vans seem to always need something right? (well mine does anyway) markmitch
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby nonhog » January 10th 2018, 6:10pm

I went with A/C Delco from Rock Auto, twice! 1st one was worse than my original.
I saved my core for Red Head to go through if the need arises. My 2nd A/C Delco is a bit loose but way better than the 1st replacement and a bit better than the original.
I could walk to Red Head at lunch from where I work. Wish I went with them 1st.
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby sfeaver » January 13th 2018, 4:54am

What redhead box fits our vans? Searching for Astro on their site comes up with nothing...
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby Mmusicman » January 13th 2018, 2:11pm

albrow100 wrote:I put a reman napa steering box in my awd van 6 months ago and its never felt right and has begun to leak from the input seal

Another FAILED NAPA part! All my NAPA brake parts failed too, each at different times. I'm seeing a pattern here.

Wimpazz wrote:careful there my friend, too much preload and say byebye to that box before you know it. Mine's fairly well doo-doo because i over did it... so yeah 1/8 turn at a time..

Yep! Been there.. done that. At least my failed gearbox was ALREADY on it's way out. I just finished it off! :o

So is a higher priced quality gearbox "worth it"??? I guess that would depend on your definition of "worth it". Throwing a "performance" gearbox at mediocre van steering and suspension isn't going to turn it into a sports car.

If you're off-roading a 4x4 with massive tires and suspension.. then I'd say a better gearbox would also be "worth it".

I put a Cardone reman unit in mine, and I'm very happy with it. It's tight, accurate, and no leaks... feels like new. The quality "looked" fine for the price. But you really can't see inside. Lately however, I have been having BETTER luck with products like Cardone and Mevotech, than ACDelco and NAPA. Same workers.. different manufacturing plants in Mexico.

I do believe in buying "better" if it will hold up better, will have better reliability... and offers an actual performance advantage.

If you have the money and can afford better ... go for it! :D

It would be nice to put in a strong quality part and NOT have to ever worry about it again!
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby albrow100 [OP] » January 15th 2018, 6:03am

thanks for all the replys, I'm going to go ahead and get one
you have to contact them to get pricing, they don't have it listed online
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby TurnNburn » January 16th 2018, 12:51am

After driving 5k miles on our last road trip to the tip of Baja and back made me realize that this thing needs a steering box... badly. Its alright (manageable but still not good) 55mph and below, but you get that thing above 70 and its down right dangerous (especially in Baja where apparently they don't believe in bike lanes... or shoulders for that matter). There has been some chatter in chat about this company. So I thought I would give them a try.

After corresponding with Tyler Hanks through email. He apologized and explained that the website is still under construction and doesn't list the astro (or s-10) for applications

Their part number, at least for mine (2000 astro AWD) is 2865. $286 plus shipping with a $150 core. Not to bad compared to the other stuff out there.

Just ordered mine

The tracking number says it will be here tomorrow (although I doubt that is correct). So hopefully will have it installed sometime this week. Will let ya'll know how it goes!
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Re: redhead steering box experiences, is it worth it

Postby Rinny » January 16th 2018, 1:44am

You will not be disappointed and that is now on the mod list for my '03. It is never going to end!!! :banghead:
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