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Unread 04-02-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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Steering Shaft/Sector Shaft

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.

Any one got an idea?

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Unread 04-04-2011, 02:28 PM   #2
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Unread 04-04-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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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
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Unread 04-04-2011, 03:22 PM   #4
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Yeah. Adjust the bearing preload. My sector shaft play tightened up after this adjustment . Check the faqs as mentioned. I have a writup there to help.

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Mopar, Flaming River, Borgeson

I paid $60 for my Mopar steering shaft online. The aftermarket ones are way nicer but expensive.
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Unread 04-10-2011, 04:51 PM   #6
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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!
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Unread 04-10-2011, 05:07 PM   #7
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Mopar, Flaming River, Borgeson

I paid $60 for my Mopar steering shaft online. The aftermarket ones are way nicer but expensive.
What site did you get your Mopar shaft from. Of course I tried Mopar.com but I'm not sure on how to find the part.
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Unread 04-10-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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I can't find it either. Maybe it's discontinued as most ZJ stuff is becoming.

Try kolak@aol.com
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I can't find it either. Maybe it's discontinued as most ZJ stuff is becoming.

Try kolak@aol.com
I found it here, which is why I decided to adjust things before dropping the money on this

http://www.mopar-wholesale.com

direct link here...

Click here if you want a shaft
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Unread 04-10-2011, 10:40 PM   #10
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Thanks again y'all.

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.
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Unread 04-10-2011, 11:49 PM   #11
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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.
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Unread 04-11-2011, 08:55 AM   #12
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I found it here, which is why I decided to adjust things before dropping the money on this

http://www.mopar-wholesale.com

direct link here...

Click here if you want a shaft
Harry,

He means the intermediate shaft, not the sector shaft. Not showing up in any searches.

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Unread 04-11-2011, 09:13 AM   #13
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One of the metal universal joints in your intermediate shaft is bad? Did that truck used to be a taxi or something? Maybe it had a bad box that forced binding or other weirdness??

Get one from a junkyard, that is a rare failure. Which is why you're not finding them available as replacements. These intermediate shafts ought to be million mile durable.

If you're having trouble sourcing one locally, I've got a 97 steering column in the attic with a good intermediate shaft and would be happy to sell/ship. Send a PM

good luck
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Unread 05-15-2011, 10:24 AM   #14
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Pmd ya about the steering column
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Unread 05-15-2011, 10:21 PM   #15
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Thought you could only buy the shaft as part of the column assembly as its collapsible.
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