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Unread 11-17-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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Steering Shaft and Bearing Replacement

Well after putting on my suspension lift and my body lift I found out that my steering shaft does not collapse or expand anymore ( i think it is suppose to) and my lower bearing has come out of the bottom of the firewall column (if that makes sense). So my question to you fellas is, what is a decent replacement steering shaft? One that will accomidate the new bodylift and some minor flexing (daily driver weekend wheeler). Also how does one get the old bearing off the bottom off the upper shaft? Is it pressed on? Or do you have to heat it up and beat it? Take the whole steering column out?

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Unread 11-17-2008, 10:33 PM   #2
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You should be able to reuse your steering shaft. It is just rusted together at the slip joint. Remove it and take it apart. Clean the slip joint and lube it. Are you saying just the inner bearing race is still on the steering column? The bearing will slide off of the steering column without heat or major force. Try spraying some penetrating oil on it. I got my replacement bearing from Quadratec. To get the steering shaft off completely remove the bolts on the u-joints and use a large chisel driven in the slot to loosen the grip so it came be slid off the shaft.
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Unread 11-17-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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Well i can get my old shaft out... it put it under a post-lift at work and it won't slide at all! so the shaft is welded together. I didn't really try getting the bearing off as I was more concered about the steering shaft. i just didn't know if you had to pull the whole steering column out or not to change the bearing. Thanks!
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Unread 11-18-2008, 08:55 PM   #4
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Does anyone have any experience with flaming rivers steering shafts?
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Unread 11-18-2008, 09:47 PM   #5
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I just replaced mine when I did the durango box upgrade. My shaft was rusted solid. If you heat it up good with a torch you should get it loose. Mine came loose, but I decided to replace the shaft since my ujoints when junk as well. I went with a borgeson shaft. Much beefier than stock and better ujoints. They are in Torrington CT, but I believe quadratec has them as well as any keystone dealer can get them. $275 range.
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Unread 11-18-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
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Would it work with a 1" bodylift?
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Unread 11-18-2008, 10:09 PM   #7
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It should, but you could call them for the exact specs, and they can make a custom one if needed, just a longer inner shaft.
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