TOE THE LINES

DRIVEN DIESEL’S STEER­ING LINE RE­PLACE­MENT

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To any­one who has owned, cur­rently owns or plans to own a 2001-2010 GMC or Chevro­let Du­ra­max truck, there are a few parts you should be pre­pared to re­place at some point in your own­er­ship. While the GM 2500HD and 3500 trucks have been known for their ex­cel­lent ride qual­ity and dura­bil­ity over time, the in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion (IFS) has be­come fairly well-known for pre­ma­ture wear and fail­ure with the idler and pit­man arms. The front wheel bear­ings can be some­thing of an is­sue, and for many, leak­ing power steer­ing lines at each crimped hose junc­tion and hose ends that will con­tin­u­ally weep as the mileage on the truck ac­cu­mu­lates.

Diesel shops all over the coun­try are most likely very ex­pe­ri­enced when it comes to re­plac­ing power steer­ing lines on th­ese trucks, so it re­ally shouldn’t be a dif­fi­cult job to get done lo­cally if you don’t feel con­fi­dent do­ing it your­self. Un­for­tu­nately, the re­place­ment lines they’ll be in­stalling most likely haven’t been im­proved, so you may find your­self in this same leaky-hose predica­ment again be­fore you know it. Know­ing the re­place­ment lines could leak again due to their poor de­sign makes it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for shops to of­fer a parts-and-la­bor war­ranty, so you, the truck owner, will end up fronting the bill on the same job over and over again. That, or you’ll just get used to a leaky mess un­der the hood and keep adding power steer­ing fluid when­ever you re­mem­ber to.

For Den­nis Schroeder and Nathan Brekken, co-own­ers at Strictly Diesel in Phoenix, Ari­zona, this was a con­ver­sa­tion they were hav­ing far too of­ten with cus­tomers and they wanted to solve the prob­lem once and for all. Fall­ing back on all their years of ex­pe­ri­ence en­gi­neer­ing, build­ing and sell­ing fuel sys­tems for 7.3L and 6.0L Power Stroke plat­forms with their other busi­ness ven­tures at Driven Diesel, the two put their heads to­gether to de­velop re­place­ment power steer­ing lines they could feel con­fi­dent in­stalling for their cus­tomers, fi­nally putting an end to the mess and leaks.

The Driven Diesel power steer­ing lines are made from 100% brand-new, stain­less-steel, Cnc-bent tub­ing sec­tions pat­terned off the fac­tory lines for a fac­tory-like fit. By opt­ing to use stan­dard 37-de­gree AN fit­tings at the con­nec­tion points, you get a junc­tion that eases in­stal­la­tion with­out worry of leak­age. The hose sec­tions of the line kits use the high­est qual­ity hy­draulic hose avail­able with a flame-re­sis­tant outer jacket and a 4,000psi work­ing pres­sure rat­ing. Best of all, the hose and tub­ing sec­tions are com­pletely

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