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Unread 05-13-2011, 02:56 PM   #1
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Lifted CJ7 Now Steering Shaft Too Short?

Hi all,

Seems after my body lift and front shackle replacement, has created sterring issues. Seem like the knuckles on the lower end of my steering shaft now dont reach into the lower coupling that turns the steering box. Do I need a longer shaft or is there another fix for this? Thanks!

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Unread 05-13-2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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How big of a body lift did you go?

Yes you are going to have to get a new steering shaft, and possibly clutch rod, and extend your shifter for your transfer case and transmission.

If you run to high of a body lift the cost of the steering shafts and extending all of your brackets and things like your clutch rods can quickly negate the cost saved with going for a body lift over an suspension lift. So if you go too high of a body lift, like 3" or higher you might as well just buy a full suspension lift.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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I only did a 1" body lift and about an 1" front shackles, but the shaft definitely does not fit squarely into the lower coupling now.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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I only did a 1" body lift and about an 1" front shackles, but the shaft definitely does not fit squarely into the lower coupling now.
A one inch body lift shouldn't make your steering shaft too short and shackles have no influence on it at all.

Nevertheless, if your steering shaft is too short, has it been collapsed? The stock shaft is two-piece.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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no the steering shaft has not been collapsed I also just put in a new lower shaft assembly the bearing nuts, the boot the clip that stuff. it almost seems like if I could change the angle of the steering box that would do it
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Unread 05-13-2011, 07:17 PM   #6
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Take the body lift off. Body lifts suck.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 06:12 AM   #7
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My new shaft had a kind of glue in it where it slipped inside itself. So I heated with a torch slid out to the length I needed. Then put a little tach weld so it wouldn't slop around. But at the same time it would break and collapse in a wreck.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 06:55 AM   #8
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CPI, read # 7. then read it again
That is your answer, body lift or no body lift.The shaft is adjustable, with some work. that 's what lets it collapse in a wreck.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 09:54 AM   #9
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My new shaft had a kind of glue in it where it slipped inside itself. So I heated with a torch slid out to the length I needed. Then put a little tach weld so it wouldn't slop around. But at the same time it would break and collapse in a wreck.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #10
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So you are saying that thestock shaft is adjustable? Looks like to me there are 2 small pins locking it in place.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 01:25 PM   #11
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they are PLASTIC. Jeep made the shaft o.e, in the correct length and then used the molded plastic to hold it at that length with a little resistance but light enough to shear in a crash. Your lift altered the length that it now needs.
Take a torch w/ rosebud and heat both pieces and tap on it, working it loose til the plastic melts and burns away. It will then slide back and forth ( it's plenty long ) install and mark correct length. Drill one small hole thru it and install one 10/32 brass machine screw to hold at proper length but serve as a shear pin.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 02:34 PM   #12
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Thanks mopar, appreciate it. When you say heat both pieces, you mean the plastic pins, right?
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Unread 05-14-2011, 03:11 PM   #13
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Yes where it slides together I just heated mine with a little propane torch slide it till it fit. But if you just left it like that their would be a little bit of play in it. So small bolt or a little tach weld to hold it tight.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 06:38 PM   #14
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Cool, got it done! Thanks for the help.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 08:57 PM   #15
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Thanks mopar, appreciate it. When you say heat both pieces, you mean the plastic pins, right?
hate to say it Mopar has nothing to do with it, you are still talking about AMC way back then..
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