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Howe Steering Valve

It's been a few years since I've worked on the steering, but it needs an update.  I've been dealing with the current steering valve for too long and it's time to put a nice one in there.  What I don't like about the current valve. I have to prime it everytime I start the engine.  When I first start the engine, the steering wheel free-spins.  What I do is spin it real slow until I find that magic spot and it engages.  Next, it's not load reactive.  Sometimes that's a good thing, but the downside is that it doesn't self center.  It makes driving down the street challenging.  There is no such thing as driving straight. 

04/21/10 - My friend Quinn hooked me up with a discount at Howe.  I called and placed the order today.  It's going to be 10 days before they get it in stock, then they have to ship it to me.

04/29/10 - The steering valve arrived earlier than I thought it would.  Tomorrow I plan on getting some fluid, then swapping out the box.  Hopefully this is a good step toward fixing the steering.

05/01/10 - I swapped out the steering valve today and went for a test drive.  The Jeep now follows the road better which is good.  The problem is I went from 2.5 turns (lock to lock), to 1.5.  That's quick steering.  Even though it's quick, it feels MUCH better on the road.