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post #1 of 13 Old 11-10-2006, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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2" Body lift problem

Hello all, I just recently installed a body lift on my 78 CJ5 and now my steering shaft is too sghort. Is this shaft supposed to have room for adjustment where the litle shaft goes into the bigger shaft or does it just have adjustment at the steering box? Whats the easiest way to make this work with my setup? I am thinking I am going to have to cut it and weld a piece in? What have you done? Thanks, Dave

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-10-2006, 09:28 PM
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I replaced mine with a Borgesen, great product and took a lot of slop out of the steering. The stock shaft will extend, but it has 2 plastic pins in it and it may be rusted together. I took my stock shaft out, burned out the plastic pins with a propane torch and broke the rust free....then I gave to friend.

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-10-2006, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to stick with the stock shaft for now, if I drill those plastic pins all the way through the shaft will slide where the small piece goes into the big piece? Once I extend it what do I need to do to reattach it because the plastic pins will be gone?
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-10-2006, 10:29 PM
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I think in my bl kit it came with 2 new roll pins,that where installed..

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post #5 of 13 Old 11-10-2006, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I just drilled out the 2 pins and it wont budge, I will have to heat it and try to free it up tomorrow, thanks!
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-11-2006, 05:26 AM
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I had to do the same for my 7, that is one project I didn't like for it took forever to finally get it to slide. I never replaced the plastic pins and never had an issue. Check your lower column bearing, perfect time to replace if needed.

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i had a cj7 a few years back i drilled the pins and it still wouldn't budge so i jacked the body up to get the lift in it then 2 weeks later the steering column broke while i was driving down the road. now i replace all my steering shafts
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-12-2006, 05:47 AM
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I melted the two plastic connectors as well. The outer shaft will fit over the inner.

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-12-2006, 06:41 AM
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You guys are luckky, My PO cut the hole in the tub lower and mounted the end of the column lower on the firewall. It kinda makes for a perminant tilt wheel though.
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Did you happen to keep the stock puck/rubber donut thingies? I need a replacement for between my grill and frame.

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I had to drill out those two pins, then I used a slide hammer and after about 30 minutes it finally broke free. Good Luck
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I've drilled the pins before and had the inner shaft rusted into the outer one. So I welded (more like a couple good tack welds) a small chunk of steel onto the inner shaft in such a way that it gave me a place to hit it with a hammer thereby driving it out of the outer shaft. After it came out, I ground the welds and knocked the chunk of metal off...

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post #13 of 13 Old 11-13-2006, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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I am going to fight with this shaft again tonight, I have been soaking it with PB Blaster for the past 3 days and tonight I am going to try to heat it with a torch, I didnt think of the slide hammer, thats a good idea and always worth a shot. At this point I am willing to try anything. I tried to push the 2 shaft pieces together just to break them free and that didnt even work. For a while there I thought they werent designed to come apart and I was going to have to weld a piece of pipe to the bigger shaft making it a little longer.
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