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Unread 05-06-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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Need CJ Steering Column Upper Bearings

Help!!! I've disassembled my 1981 tilt CJ steering column and need to replace the upper bearings. Based on my Parts catalog, it is a J320 8362 Bearing Assembly but I cannot seem to cross reference this part number to any replacement. Does anyone know where to source these bearings?

Finally, this thing was really tricky to get apart and I know assembly is going to be a lot harder, is there any a really good source assembly manual for the steering column other than my blurry parts book?

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Unread 05-06-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
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try this website this company has a lot of great parts for jeeps so i would try here first

http://www.quadratec.com/products/pr...arts&submit=Go
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Unread 05-06-2009, 02:20 PM   #3
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It's a GM Saginaw column, so any GM vehicle of the same vintage probably uses the same bearings.

Look up the parts for a Chevy with a tilt column and you might get lucky.

I highly doubt if Quadratec will have column bearings. They aren't that great.
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Unread 05-06-2009, 02:27 PM   #4
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I used this:

http://www.epiccomputer.com/dale/jee...tilt/tilt.html
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Unread 05-06-2009, 03:50 PM   #5
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It's a GM Saginaw column, so any GM vehicle of the same vintage probably uses the same bearings.

Look up the parts for a Chevy with a tilt column and you might get lucky.

I highly doubt if Quadratec will have column bearings. They aren't that great.
i just did a quick check and they DO have the lower bearings so i would think that they would have the upper bearings but i could be wrong if you are still having trouble finding them i would give them a call and see if they could help you
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Unread 05-06-2009, 05:03 PM   #6
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Got my bearings from the local Autozone. They were able to cross-reference the OEM part#.
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Unread 05-06-2009, 05:22 PM   #7
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Might want to ck this thread for rebuild info you may not have thought of and other rebuild links.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/tilt-steering-column-repair-rebuild-564821/
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Unread 05-06-2009, 09:43 PM   #8
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i was told essentials have then i was also told my 84 cj has ford column
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Unread 05-06-2009, 09:57 PM   #9
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The best thing to do is pull the upper bearing from a 70's -80's GM product - pickups or whatever, they are plentiful - I got mine from a Monte Carlo. It's the exact bearing (they are all Saginaw products). I was hunting the upper bearing but couldn't find it anywhere from the usual parts suppliers. Found one through the local Jeep dealer for $35. Then while at the local Pull A Part the following weekend, I got the same bearing for $2 from the Monte Carlo and took the $35 one back to the dealer.
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Unread 09-15-2010, 06:02 PM   #10
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I found a set at thejeep.com its turner 4wd parts company. I searched high and low. I finally went to the jeep dealer. A 200.00 qoute later I had the part number . Google sent me to those guys. The final cost with shipping was 46.00. A bit on pricey side,but it came with all the hardware to replace the locking mechanism plus upper and lower roller bearings for the top half of the colume.Now I am searching for the instuctions to replace them????? Thanks in advance .
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Unread 09-15-2010, 09:32 PM   #11
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Also try Ekler's corvette for parts and part numbers. Then google for best prices on the assembly.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 02:02 AM   #12
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not a tilt steering column.

guys i screwed up, i ripped out my steering system from the steering gear to the steering wheel. after i re-assembled it i have a part left over. its a snap ring. there were two of them. the first one is just under the steering wheel holding on the lock disk or whatever. where does the second one go???
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Unread 10-13-2010, 11:03 AM   #13
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I found this one site when I was going through a similar problem with my column. Came across this site. Guy had pictures for step by step taking apart and reassembly down to the ball joint looking thing. Can't seem to find it though. If I come across it I'll get back to you.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 11:13 AM   #14
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Awesome! thats what i need is pics with reassembly!! if you find it that would be great!!
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