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Unread 01-10-2010, 12:13 PM   #1
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CJ5 Factory Steering Linkage is too short?

Help! I bought this CJ5 with a bad steering box. i have replaced the box only to find the linkage was bad as well. I ordered a Factory Steering Linkage and it looks like it is too short? By 2". On the lower coupler I would have to pull this out about 2" in order to be able to insert the bolt in the proper place. Is this normal? I feel that is not. I do not see a body lift kit or any other reason why the steering wheel would be further away from the factory located steering box.
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Unread 01-10-2010, 01:01 PM   #2
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Can anybody help?
Im wanting to do this now?
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Unread 01-10-2010, 01:09 PM   #3
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You talkin about the drag link from the box to the knuckle?
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Unread 01-10-2010, 01:17 PM   #4
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Drank Link?
The shaft under the hood that connects the steering column to the steering box.
I have to pull on the lower coupler of that linkage to stretch it enough to put the bolt in connecting the linkage to the steering box.
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Unread 01-10-2010, 01:22 PM   #5
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That would be the steering shaft. Id take some measurements off my 82 7 but im sure its different,other than than im no help....sorry.
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Unread 01-11-2010, 04:39 AM   #6
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Do you have a body lift? if so, that is your problem (might help us by filling out your Jeep information) . If so, you may have to "extend" the shaft by driving the lower section out of the slip joint.
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Unread 01-11-2010, 07:48 AM   #7
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I'm not sure. I don't see any spacers under the body. No large shocks, just the shackles you can see in this picture.
And when you say extend the shaft by driving the lower section out of the slip joint.
You don't mean completely out do you? 2" at best will be the most I can pull on the lower coupler "Slip Joint" but I am afraid that this will make it weak and will break on the first trail.
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Unread 01-11-2010, 09:04 AM   #8
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2" seems like a lot. Did you place the steering shafts side by side and check the measurements?

One time I accidently pushed my steering column up and it slipped off the bearings. Until I went inside and looked at the steering wheel I thought I had the wrong length shaft also.
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Steering shafts have slip joints in the middle. Make sure the shaft has not been compressed.
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Unread 01-11-2010, 10:33 AM   #10
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The shaft I ordered is the same as the one i took off in fact that is how I broke the old one one.
Any way I was just told to punch out the two plastic pins in the linkage. This will give me the extra length I need.
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Unread 01-11-2010, 11:18 AM   #11
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The shaft I ordered is the same as the one i took off in fact that is how I broke the old one one.
Any way I was just told to punch out the two plastic pins in the linkage. This will give me the extra length I need.
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Not in the linkage, in the middle of the shaft, where the compression joint is are the two plastic pins.
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