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Unread 03-22-2015, 11:23 AM   #1
wheelin
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Post body lift install issue. ???

So after installing 1 inch BL, when turning steering wheel it feels as if the steering intermediate shaft it binding or rubbing on something, causing it hard to turn wheel. Did I miss a step? Or need to loosen steering shaft to adjust

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Unread 03-22-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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read the instructions...... does it say any thing about the steering shaft? Some do..

Also look to see if your shaft is the stock one. I had 2 versions of them. One that was collapsible, and the other fixed with a adjuster on it.'


But I would advise stopping and turn the wheel all the way to the problem area and get out and look at the steering.
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Unread 03-22-2015, 10:47 PM   #3
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I had some serious problems after my 1" body lift. The issue has since been resolved. The intermediate shaft is supposed to to be able to compress in an impact and should be able to extend a little to accommodate your body lift. Unfortunately many of these older shafts are full of rust and will not move! So if yours is seized up as mine was the tension from putting the lift on is being transferred to the bearings in the steering column and steering gear. It is pretty easy to remove the int. shaft and check it to see if it is moving. If it is stuck it will take some work but you can get it loose. I used my bench vice as a stop and used the shaft like a slide hammer. Closed the vice just enough to let the smaller shaft slide through but stop the larger shaft. Lots of penetrating oil and elbow grease. Once I got it apart I thoroughly cleaned both pieces with a wire wheel on 5" grinder and a round wire brush in a drill. Once it is clean, grease it with some waterproof grease and slide it back together. It took a lot of pounding to get the two shafts separated but they do come loose. There are no pins or locking devices holding them together, there is a tension spring that will come out when you get them apart. Doing this caused some deformation at the end of the hollow shaft but it cleaned up with a mill file, good as new. Ok, good as a 20 year old part. Hope this helps.

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Unread 03-23-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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Looks like my steering shaft is adjustable, also looks to be full of rust/corrosion, I'll clean it and see what happens
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