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post #1 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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The classic 'left over parts' question

I just replaced the power steering gearbox on my 81 CJ-7. I got a new bell coupling that connects the steering shaft to the steering gearbox but the splines didn't exactly fit. I ended up using the old bell housing with new insides. It worked out fine but the spring clip that holds the two steel cubes inside the bell housing was giving me fits during reassembly and I ended up leaving the clip out. It doesn't seem to do anything once everything is assembled. I just want to know how big a mistake this was. The steering seems to work fine in the garage but I haven't driven it yet. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 08:36 PM
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A lot of info there but unclear as to whcih part you have left out. Which one is it in this diagram?
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 11:10 PM
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I trick that I learned seems to work if the joint is starting to get loose. Turn each of the blocks 90 degrees and drive out the center pin and turn that 90 as well when you push it back in. This gives all the tension surfaces (during the left and right movement) new or unworn areas. Only the aluminum channel is old. Did your bell kit come with a new center pin as the pics Ive seen of them does not show it. It needs to be replaced too along with the blocks if your going that route. Yes, I remember needing the clip as it held the blocks in the correct alignment or something.

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You're willing to risk your life on the assumption that that clip really wasn't important? Or the lives of everyone else on the road around you? Steering is kinda important.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-08-2011, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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This is the kit that the part came in. The clip I'm talking about is in the top right corner.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-08-2011, 07:26 PM
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I'm trying to remember but it seems like the clip hold the cubes out board to take up clearance. I have done many although it has been awhile and non of them were Jeeps. I don't believe there is enough room for it to come loose or mis-steer without the clip, but do you really want to risk it on IF I remember and I DON"T THINKs. I would let it sit clear my head and go back at and assemble complete with everything.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-08-2011, 07:27 PM
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It is to act as a spring to hold the square blocks out from the shaft. Goes on before you put the square blocks on, then put the blocks on, then slide the bell over.

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