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Unread 04-18-2014, 09:55 PM   #1
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HD Steering Shaft w/ U-joint Options

I'm trying to get rid of some play in the coupler north of the steering box. I would love to get the Borgeson and be done, but I'm already over budget and have another kid on the way, due in a few months.

I've been doing lots of searching and cant seem to find much of a comparison between the (double U-joint) Crown and Omix-ADA. Each can be found for around $130, which is $80 cheaper than the Borgeson.

On a side note, is there any way to tighten up the OEM bell coupler? I took it apart and I don't understand where it wears out and gets loose. Its all metal, and I didn't notice any obvious wearing or gashes.

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Unread 04-19-2014, 05:50 AM   #2
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You can replace the bell coupler for about $40-$45. No experience with the HD shafts, so can't comment on that.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 06:13 AM   #3
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The kit num. is 998710k
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Unread 04-19-2014, 08:25 AM   #4
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You can replace the bell coupler for about $40-$45. No experience with the HD shafts, so can't comment on that.
I guess that brings me back to wondering why it fails to begin with. If I throw $40 at it I want to make sure it helps. I thought the bell coupler has play in it brand new. Correct me if I'm wrong. I tore mine apart and I don't understand what is wearing in the bell coupler. Is there supposed to be a little play in the upper u-joint as well?
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Parts that rub against each other do wear each other out. The rubbing slowly eats away at the material. The square pieces rub at the pins they sit on and the pins get smaller and the holes in the square parts get larger just for an example.


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Unread 04-19-2014, 08:53 AM   #6
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There was a thread on here earlier in the week where people were complaining about the crown shafts and their lack of quality and durability....FWIW.

Is an extra $80 really too much to spend on one of the most important systems on your Jeep? Given Crown and Omix's reputations for sub par parts I personally wouldn't (and didn't) risk it. I got the Borgeson and am extremely happy with it.

Steering and brakes are the 2 things I refuse to cheap out on and in my opinion crown is no better than junkyard parts in most cases. More than likely the replacement coupler will come from either crown or omix, so you'd be flushing $40 down the crapper that could have gone towards the Borgeson.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 08:59 AM   #7
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I found the Borgeson for $200 shipped from Mudflaps.com. I think I'll do that route and save running the risk of blowing $40 on parts that do no good.

Thanks for the input and "steering" me in the right direction.
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If you have play in the upper joint - non serviceable - get a new shaft
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Unread 04-19-2014, 09:13 AM   #9
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I got the Borgeson and am extremely happy with it.
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