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Unread 08-23-2014, 12:46 PM   #1
donajeep
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Steering column, and lower shaft coupling.

My steering started to bind when turning right. So, I started with the gear box, its leaking a little- not bad. The lower shaft coupling boot is complete garbage and in two pieces, also lots of play in the steering shaft. I will replace the whole thing with this, http://www.vintagejeepparts.com/prod...6-Jeep-CJ.html

While the shaft is out I would like to replace the lower column bearing, but cant find any info or replacement parts. Has anyone done any of this work on pre- '76 cj5? Any and all advice will be welcomed.

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Unread 08-23-2014, 01:05 PM   #2
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Here's some pictures of my stock set up.
img_6114.jpg   img_6113.jpg   img_6112.jpg   img_6111.jpg   img_6110.jpg  

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Unread 08-23-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
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I'd contact Borgeson. See if they have a u-joint style lower coupling to replace the old bell style one that you have now.
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Unread 08-23-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Hummm... looks a lot like my CJ7 Got parts here http://www.jeep4x4center.com/. Try this http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-st...-scrambler.htm. Haven't had issues with jeep4x4center.
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Unread 08-23-2014, 10:57 PM   #5
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The problem with the bell replacement kit is that it doesn't come with a critical piece, the pivot pin that the two blocks go on. It wears too and the best you can do is press yours out and turn it 90 degrees to expose new surfaces to the blocks.

I installed a Crown HD unit the other day and for the price, it was a huge improvement. The real u joints are smoother than the stock parts, though not replaceable if they wear out.
While it looks like it would work in a 74, The listings are 76 to 86......?
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Unread 08-24-2014, 09:00 AM   #6
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I'm having a really hard time getting these bolts loose.
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Unread 08-24-2014, 05:03 PM   #7
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Try soaking in WD40... Then Heat my friend, heat.
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Unread 08-24-2014, 08:25 PM   #8
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Had to get the 16" breaker bar out.
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