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Old October 14th, 2014, 08:21 PM
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Also the big piston scores the bore all up. You can reseal but it's still knackered.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 09:17 AM
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If you want I can pull a D2 box, have it worked and send it to you. PM me if you need help

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Old July 13th, 2015, 10:37 AM
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Hi Guys, Maybe I've missed something in this thread. I also thought I had product information saved off somewhere during my on-going restoration project on Meridians service on LR steering pumps, detailing their approach to an improved rebuild of the pump etc.

In any event, I just spoke to Meridian. The sales rep states; they offer LR factory new pumps at $345.00. A $50.00 core charge applies to new pumps. They will rebuild your old pump for $300.00-$400.00, depending upon condition.

When asked about any upgrade work; i.e. replacing bushings with bearings, the rep stated they don't do any upgrade work. The pumps sold are one and the same as LR sells.

Am I calling the wrong place? 888-907-7225. California About Meridian Auto Parts Steering and A/C Products

If anyone out there knows of a resource to rebuild LR steering box's please let me know. 3rd or 4th time this has been out of the truck over 10 years. The rebuild kits seem to last 2-3 years at most. Thanks, Mark
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Old July 13th, 2015, 12:08 PM
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Ok! are we talking pump or box???

Pumps never have an issue so if you need to replace it go with stock.

re: the box I would and have for years only buy the rebuilt upgraded Meridian box.
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Old July 13th, 2015, 12:37 PM
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Hi SLO,

Thank you for the reply. We're talking steering box, as in mounted to the front inner engine bay chassis, with drop arm to steering linkage.

What I'm saying is, today the sales rep at Meridian, Stewart, is saying they DO NOT rebuild steering box's with any special upgrade; i.e. bearings instead of bushings etc. Again, that is if I'm reaching the right place.

Do you have a source for the rebuilt UPGRADED steering box? If you've dealt with Meridian previously, or if anyone reading this thread has, can you point me to a point of contact at Meridian that may have better insight into the upgraded box?

Thanks in advance, Mark
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Old July 13th, 2015, 12:52 PM
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Hi Mark,

I deal with Meridian through my Porsche business regularly and lately they have had a high turnover of employees capiche? I assure you the boxes they sell are rebuilt and use upgraded bearings.

If he can't set you straight then I don't know what to tell you

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Old July 13th, 2015, 12:59 PM
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Thanks again SLO,

Sounds like the age old story; Good help is hard to find. I appreciate you taking the time to pass along Rich's contact info. I'll reach out to him now.

Just so that I close the loop on this thread, I'll also report back and post my findings.

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Old July 14th, 2015, 04:49 PM
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Old July 14th, 2015, 08:54 PM
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Hi All,

I am reporting back after speaking with the folks at Meridian. I should say, as suggested by SLO, I spoke to Richard, Richards contact details can be found in this string.

First off a HUGE thanks to SLO for the referral to Richard. I happy to say that made all the difference in discussing the rebuild of my D 90 steering box.

Richard confirmed that the process used at Meridian includes an overhaul and upgrade of parts such as bushing found in LR steering box's. It happens that a rebuild was on the shelf, I ordered it, and its on its way from CA. The cost is $308.91 for the rebuilt box. A core of $300.00 applies, returned upon Meridian's receipt of your core. I'm told a shipping label back to Meridian will be with the unit when it arrives. No charge for basic shipping (3-5 days) from Meridian. Based on this, I recommend speaking only to Richard at Meridian. He knows his stuff.

Thanks again SLO, I really appreciate the help.

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Old July 14th, 2015, 09:28 PM
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I wonder what he would pay for a used one that I took off when replaced with a new on..?
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You are welcome guys & gals

Been pushing Meridian for @ least 10 years now.
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Old July 15th, 2015, 04:13 PM
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Definitely liking my Meridian box, hasn't leaked since install. Was ultra-clean when it arrived
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Dumb question.

I have a stupid question. I ordered a steering box from meridian, and it comes in this week. Was going to tackle this this weekend. Everything sounds pretty straightforward, but the only thing I am curious about is, do I need to remove the power steering lines before dropping the box or can I do that as I drop it out? Getting down inside the engine bay makes that job twice as hard in my opinion. they had the front end off on my YouTube how to video.
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I use crow feet to loosen the lines typically. It will bleed out. If you wait to until the box is free I think you'll regret the annoyance.
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I have these in both sae and metric. The key is to get the flare nut versions not the standard crows foot

7 Pc 3/8 in. Metric Crowfoot Flare Nut Wrench Set

Not an advocate of Harbor Freight wrenches but I use these only only on steering lines or non-rover injection lines and they are invaluable
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Old August 27th, 2015, 07:06 PM
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Response to Ricks question

Rick, The Meridian box is a fine piece. If you carefully read the installation instructions, you'll see that one thing to keep in mind is potential contamination from nearby sources while doing this job. I suggest disconnecting lines from the box itself, capping the line ends with something suitable, because during installation of the new box, the lines can come into contact with grit anywhere in the engine bay, even after they've been tied out of the way. At some point, the lines will be untied for installation. Its not until you have spanner in hand, and ready to first hand tight the line that the cap should come off. In sum, disconnect the lines, cap them, take the old box out from underneath. install the new box from underneath. Reconnect the lines.

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Old August 27th, 2015, 10:27 PM
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Mark great insight. Thanks, and will do.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 12:32 AM
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Somewhat off-topic, but I had the bottom seal on my steering box let LOOSE on me a couple months ago, pissing fluid everywhere. Dreading what I thought this meant, I opted to put in a new seal kit (STC1042/STC2848 Steering Box Sector Shaft Seal Kit) to see how it would go. So far about 3K miles and not a drop.

I'm *assuming* this may just be a band-aid as many have suggested above, so if the issue rears its head again I'll be going the Meridian route.
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Well. As a first time steering box changer, I an honestly say I am impressed with what I'm seeing from meridian so far. Nice new unit.

Funny thing. Thes buggers are heavy. Was not exactly sure how I was going to hold my new unit in place and screw it in. My 10 year old came to the rescue!
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My steering box just went on my truck. Richard is not with Meridian anymore so I have been talking with Jason. He says there are two different parts for Defenders in his system and this one should work for my 1997 LHD V8 auto. His internal part number is 82-00109
I have attached a picture of my steering box part number and his replacement part. Can you guys verify that this will be a direct swap?
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