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SKU #: RH-2879 Red-Head Steering Gear Box 03-08 Dodge Ram 2500 / 3500 2879

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    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500 / 3500
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    We at Diesel Power Products offer a deferred core program in which we allow you to defer the typical upfront core charge when purchasing via credit card payment. All cores, whether the core charge was deferred or not, must be returned within 21 days from delivery date of product requiring core charge. Failure to do so can result in forfeiture of the entire core charge return. In the event you originally deferred the core charge, you authorize Diesel Power Products to charge you for the core charge.

    All cores must be returned to the original warehouse that original shipment was sent from. If a return label is provided in the original shipment, use this tag. If one is not included, contact us immediately, and we can provide you with the correct address of where the core(s) must be returned to, as well as an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number. DO NOT rely on the return address on the original label as a source for where to ship to.

    If cores are shipped to the incorrect warehouse, your core money will be returned less the shipping cost for us to send the core(s) to the correct warehouse, or if you deferred the core you may be charged for the shipping amount.

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We are proud to offer Red-Head replacement steering gear boxes for the third generation heavy duty Dodge Rams! No, this is not just another rebuilt box like what you'll get at your local auto parts s ... read more

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We are proud to offer Red-Head replacement steering gear boxes for the third generation heavy duty Dodge Rams! No, this is not just another rebuilt box like what you'll get at your local auto parts store! These steering boxes are built in Washington state and offer unmatched steering control and longevity. We have personally ran several brands and have had the best results to date with the Red-Head.

This gearbox allows you to retain the factory steering shaft, as well as the stock pitman arm. This is a major advantage especially those with lifted trucks with dropped pitman arms, as you will not have to change your pitman arm.

Red-Head offers a porting option for those that are either already running a hydraulic assist steering, or plan to in the future. If you choose to make this upgrade to the box (from the drop down menu), your gear box will come with two pre-drilled and tapped ports with plugs. For clarification, hydraulic assist is NOT something your vehicle would have come from the factory with, rather it is an upgrade that adds a hydraulic ram to the steering linkage to aid in steering. Most vehicles do NOT have this option, thus if you are unsure if you have it, you probably do not.

  • You have the option for us to include a pre-paid return label. with the shipment for ease of returning your core. With this option, you will merely need to drop the re-packaged core with accompanying shipping label off at a UPS drop-off. Otherwise, it will be your responsibility to supply your own means of returning the core. Pre-paid return label option is only applicable to the lower 48 contiguous United States. Please contact us if you have any questions.
If you'd like additional third party evidence as to what goes into a Red-Head gear box and how much of an impact it will really make in your driving experience, check out a detailed review by acclaimed Turbo Diesel Register editor, Doug Leno.


  • SkuRH-2879
  • ManufacturerRed-Head Steering Gears Inc.
  • MPN2879
  • 12 Month Warranty
  • Built in the USA
  • Housings are machined out and replaced with needle bearings
  • Shafts are flame sprayed or replaced as needed
  • New control valves installed on some applications
  • Worm and piston assembly are custom fit with special ordered, precise oversized ball bearings
  • Sector shafts are installed on a lathe to confirm they are straight and true
  • Sealing surface is polished to avoid any leaks


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Jake Verified Buyer 12/31/69
I would buy this again
Red head Steering gears are the best in the industry, After installing this gear my truck doesn't wonder down the road and the free play in the steering wheel is gone. I recommend this steering gear to anyone with a pickup, especially with bigger tires. Very happy customer here.
Chad Verified Buyer 12/31/69
it was what i wanted
Daniel Verified Buyer 12/31/69
Worth every penny
The answer to my wandering steering. Makes the truck drive like new. Worth every penny.
Marcin Verified Buyer 12/31/69
I would highly recommend
I installed it on my 07 5.9 and it's awesome, great control at any speed no play and feels better than new. Don't waste money on any other ones, very happy with the redhead gear box.
Bobby Verified Buyer 12/31/69
I would buy this again if I got another truck.
Works great!
Brad Verified Buyer 12/31/69
I would buy this again
I had a reman factory gear on my truck that started leaking after a few months rather than put another junk gear on I purchased this and so far it works great I could have got another reman under warranty but my time is valuable
Gary Verified Buyer 12/31/69
Would not recommend
Didn't help at all ! Still has the same amount of play ! Very disappointing.
John Verified Buyer 12/31/69
World of difference for my 04 2500
Sure what can I say? Good price, fast shipping, and is doing the job as intended. Thanks guys
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I just bought a steering box for my 01 f-250 and my pitman arm is not matching up.. Any ideas what I can do??

There is a mid-model year split in 2000 / 2001, You must determine whether you have the early or later model steering box prior to ordering by counting the splines on the shaft. The early models have 32 splines, while the late have a 36 spline. Thus, the Red-Head #2764 will feature 32 splines, where the #2764NBS will have 36.


Does this include shipping of the core back to u???

Core return charges are up to the customer to send back to receive core credit.


Are the Redhead gears the same steering ratio as the OEM gears??

Yes, the Red Head Steering Gear box is the same ratio as factory. We recommend the factory ratio and not going to a tighter ratio due to the fact it puts a large amount of stress on the gears inside the box.


I have a 2005 Dodge 2500 Power Wagon with the 5.7 Hemi. I also have a drop Pitman on the original OEM gear box. Will the Red Head Gear Box be a complete interchange???

These should have the same gear box between gas and diesel applications. This will work with your aftermarket drop pitman arm yes.


Does this unit have the upgraded 1 1/4"" shaft like the upgraded oem ones vs the original 7/8"" shaft that keeps failing??

These have the factory sized shaft, however upgraded shaft material and bearings to make them hold up as a HD replacement.


It's a 2500 mega cab with a 6 inch lift it's hard to turn at low speed does this eliminate that problem??

These box's would aid in steering during low speed with their better design and gear ratio. Keep in mind a large oversized tire can make the steering much more difficult and steering assist may be necessary.


Would a borgerson steering shaft be compatable with the redhead for an 04 cummins 2500?

Yes it is compatible with the Redhead box.


I have a 05 dodge Cummins with a 13 inch lift my pitman arm caused my gear box to break I was gonna replace both is there a special kind of pitman arm I should put on it?

I would consider a drop pitman arm or perhaps a custom steering linkage set to accommodate the size if your lift.

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