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post #1 of 16 Old 10-17-2010, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Shortening the steering shaft

I would like for my steering wheel to be about 2 or 3 inches closer to the dash. I'm 6'1 and thick. I fit fine in my 5 but would like to be more comfy in my drivers seat. Has anyone ever shorten the colum?

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-17-2010, 08:43 AM
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wouldn't it be easier to move the seat back?

I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring, but it can't be any worse than what I've already been through.
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Cj5 seat is as far back as it'll go. Thought of that alrdy. Thx.
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i am 6-4 and when i was shopping for a jeep looked a few 5's and quickly discovered i am not the best fit for one. the only working solution i came up with was cutting the fenderwell and making it shorter so the seat could mount further back. but gave up on that idea and i just decided to go with a 7. you might look into swapping steering columns and getting a tilt column.
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It seems pretty straight-forward just thinking about it. If you do it, make a thread. Here is possibly another option. Buena Suerte!

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I'm not thrilled about the wheel well trick. Is anyone in the know on how the OEM is for the steering column? If it's GM, you think swapping for a shorter GM column is an idea?
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The steering column can be moved forward (and downward) by loosening the two bolts at the left and right of the base. The steering shaft will keep it from going very far.

The steering shaft is two piece and can be shortened. It is held together by two nylon "rivets" that allow it to collapse in case of a collision.

1. You can melt, drill, or punch them out to separate the two pieces.
2. Cut the inner shaft to the desired length.
3. Reassemble and drill your new holes on the inner shaft to insert the new nylon "rivets" or pins.
4. Insert the new pins
5. Move the column to its new location.

Vibration? Bump steer? Wandering? Read the article (sticky) on Steering, suspension, and driveline.
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The steering column can be moved forward (and downward) by loosening the two bolts at the left and right of the base. The steering shaft will keep it from going very far.
I'm just looking for two or three inches here. you sound like someone who's maybe attempted this. Do you think that alone will get me the two or three inches w/o getting into cutting up the shaft?
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No. I think the best you could get would be 1 inch.

To get 2 or 3 inches you'll need to cut the shaft.

You could look at aftermarket shafts but they're expensive and I don't know if they'll give you what you want.

Vibration? Bump steer? Wandering? Read the article (sticky) on Steering, suspension, and driveline.
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There is a big difference between my tilt column and my buddy's 74 non-tilt column for what it's worth.

If you do not have the tilt column I'd highly recommend that route and also buying a Grant wheel or similar with a shallow dish. The stock dish on mine was 3-4" deep IIRC. It was also 14.5" in diameter. I replaced it with a Grant wheel of 13" and 0" dish.

I'm only 6' 220 but I fit with room to spare.

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I thought the steering wheel could help a little. I have a tilt and it can help some but not enough to get comfy.
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I would like for my steering wheel to be about 2 or 3 inches closer to the dash. I'm 6'1 and thick. I fit fine in my 5 but would like to be more comfy in my drivers seat. Has anyone ever shorten the colum?
I had a '75 CJ5. I'm 6'2" and way too tall for the truck. I had my mechanic shorten the steering column by 4 inches. He never said that he had any problems and I think it was under $100.00 to do it. So it seems like an easy thing to do.

Then I cut out the rear wheel wells. Gained another 4 inches. After that everything was perfect, lots of room.

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I had a '75 CJ5. I'm 6'2" and way too tall for the truck. I had my mechanic shorten the steering column by 4 inches.
The column in your '75 (if it's the factory column) is quite a bit different and simpler thant he OP's '80 column.
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The column in your '75 (if it's the factory column) is quite a bit different and simpler thant he OP's '80 column.
Yup, could be. But I would take to a mechanic you trust for a quick quote. Couldn't hurt.
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-22-2010, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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The steering column can be moved forward (and downward) by loosening the two bolts at the left and right of the base. The steering shaft will keep it from going very far.
Well I've been at this for two nights now and I cant get it to move forward or back... hmm, iders...
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