So I have narrowed my loose steering down to the shaft that connects the steering wheel and the gear box. Now all I need to know (besides how to install it...which comes later) is where to get one. I was researching threads and someone said you could get them at O'Reilly Auto Parts. However this is concerning because I work there and could not find them under any name or in any book.
and why do you think the play is there?
i dont think there is really anything to go bad with the shaft itself, but i may be wrong
more than likely the steering box is the culprit, there is a writeup on the faqs to tighten your gearbox
V8 zj at 6" . Double tri rear and true 3 link front. Stretched to 108"
Thank you everyone. I know its the shaft because when I tighten the box to where it binds, there is still play in the shaft. The I don't carry them at O'Reilly, neither does Advance or Autozone and the dealer didn't know what I was talking about. So I'll try the companies above. Maybe I'll get some luck. People probably think I'm drunk going down the road cuz I'm all over the place!
I found a Borgeson for $284, but there was a guy at work today that said he wanted to part out his Jeep after he tried pullin someone out and ripped his frame off... Anyway do y'all know what other models might be close to fittin in mine. I figure probably an XJ or maybe others.
Also, Yardman, the shaft its showing, I believe, is the one actually in the steering box. I need the one that connects the gear box to the steering wheel: sector shaft. The box is brand new and adjusted properly.
Some cars have what they call a rag joint, and others have another type of joint (dont know the name) Both are prone to develop loosness in time and they are also a weak link if you ever need to steer without power assist.
I went to a local salvage yard and removed a couple steering shafts off of other vehicles that had an actual u-joint on them. I removed my steering shaft, cut and welded the u-joint part in place. Sure you can buy someone elses steering shaft, you can also source bolt on parts etc, but the salvage yard deal cost me $10. I think the donor veh was a 90's chevy van, but there are many others out there too.