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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2017, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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on my 1973 cj5 can the steering shaft be replaced from the u joint to the steering wheel it seems to be really stuck in the u joint i dont want to damage anything trying to remove it

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-20-2017, 07:24 PM
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Buy rebuilt column, and then go to http://www.borgeson.com/xcart/home.php?cat=32 and talk to them.

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Go here http://oljeep.com/edge_74_tsm.html and download section 11. 11-4 tells you how to remove the column. You will want the whole manual as the 74 and 73 models are the same.

For the steering column you will need http://ww2.morris4x4center.com/steer...ng-801422.html and and a 1" OD to 3/4" ID bushing. That's all that supports the shaft inside the column. Since I rebuilt the column on mine I found the bushing online, but don't remember where. If you get a knowledgeable parts person on the phone describe what you want and they can check the specs. I made mine from a CPVC pipe reducing bushing. After i got it back together I found a same bronze bushing in an old school hardware store. Mines holding up though.

If you rebuild the lower bell crank ensure you get one for a manual box if that's what you have. Crown rubber boots are terrible and immediately start cracking, but were all I could find. After installing clean the boot and spray it with Rustoelum Flex coating. The U joint is called a coupling and that's how it is listed. If it appears that the splines are worn on one side they aren't, but designed that way. I could have reused mine. If you get a new one or if the old one doesn't have one replace the grease fitting with a 90* fitting. Makes greasing easier. The bolts are 7/16 20 (fine thread) and hard to find especially in grade 8.

DO NOT trust the parts listings for a 73 on any online site. They will sell you parts for the 76+ GM columns claiming they fit your Jeep. Buy parts for a 71 as they didn't change the column until 76.

I looked into changing to a GM column, but it wasn't cheap. The deciding factor was I didn't want to change to a later dash to support the column in that I'd just rewired and knew what a PIA that was. IMHO the old style column is part of the attraction of an intermediate (72-74) Jeep.

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Buy parts for a 71 as they didn't change the column until 76.
Only as it pertains to the wheel, horn, and upper bearing. The steering shaft is different as is everything from the middle of the column down.

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on my 1973 cj5 can the steering shaft be replaced from the u joint to the steering wheel it seems to be really stuck in the u joint i dont want to damage anything trying to remove it
Are you saying you can't get the u joint assembly off the shaft or the u joint out of the yokes?

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Only as it pertains to the wheel, horn, and upper bearing. The steering shaft is different as is everything from the middle of the column down.
Good catch! I should have been clearer about that. In my feeble mind I think of the column as the thingamajig that holds the steering wheel and ends once through the firewall. From the coupling north it is a 71 and from the coupling south and the coupling itself is 73.

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Good catch! I should have been clearer about that. In my feeble mind I think of the column as the thingamajig that holds the steering wheel and ends once through the firewall. From the coupling north it is a 71 and from the coupling south and the coupling itself is 73.
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