and new blend/recirc doors were installed while i had the wheel/column out...
to pull the steering wheel, this was the loan-a-tool i got from autozone, a 2/3 jaw puller:
this is what i looks like when you're entire dash is on the floor (plus an extra steering column):
i already had new blend/recirc doors and housing that i got from a guy on ebay who ended up selling his GC before ever installing them.... turns out my recirc door wasn't broken, but instead the actuall actuator was busted:
pondered fixing it with a hose clamp like such:
but opted to just get a new one from the dealer since they had it in stock, with jeep club discount came to $65. i went ahead an put a hose clamp on each actuator as insurance against that kind of break.
overall the whole swapping steering columns, removing dash, removing a/c box, and replacing stuff and putting it all back only took like 10 hours total... i don't see how dealership can justify a trained mechanic charging 12 hours, should be more like 8 for a trained mechanic at most.
the hardest part by far was disconnecting/reconnecting the heater hoses at the firewall... there's just no good way to get your hand in there, total PITA. other than that, not a bad project, just time consuming!