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Unread 10-21-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
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Steering Column Mounting Bracket, Help Please...

Does anyone have any insight as to what I'm doing wrong here. I have the bracket to the tub tight and when I bolt the column up to the bracket I have the little aluminum wedge shaped spacers in there and snugged up tight but the column still has about 1/2" of movement side to side. It's like the bolt is bottoming on the wedge and not holding the lower bracket on the column still. The upper bracket to the tub isn't moving and the clamshell bracket at the firewall is tight. I can only assume the wedges aree not in the right place.

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Unread 10-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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Are you using the washers?

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Unread 10-21-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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Yeah if I remeber right they are the ones that don't come off the threads on the bolts. The Wedges are staying still just the bracket slides around in the grooves.

Edit: My wedges are in good condition, I see some threads where they are crumbling.
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Pictures would help. The bolt shouldn't bottom out because it goes into a nut welded to a plate. Check and see if you have any of the plate brackets in wrong order.
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Did you bolt the column to the "U" shaped bracket? The one you have circled in the pic?

Black bolts in the pic below.

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Unread 10-21-2013, 09:17 AM   #6
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The bracket is secured to the column (black bolts). The aluminum wedge is secured to the uper bracket. The movement is occuring at lower bracket and the wedge (arrows). The bolts at the wedges are super snug and dont move either. its like there is no clamping effort on the lower bracket due to the wedge transfering the force through the lower bracket into the upper bracket.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 11:48 AM   #7
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I'm about out of ideas.

Maybe run though all the components. The pedal assembly bolts to the tub and a hanger comes from the tub (where the dash bolts on). Then there is a bracket that bolts to the hanger (it is the top part of the "U" shaped bracket). This ties everything together. There is also also a rod that goes from the side of the pedal bracket to the firewall (The rod may be on YJ's sorry not sure). Here's a pic of most of the parts out of the tub. It does not show the 2 column brackets that go around the column, just where they bolt to. Sorry, don't know who to give credit to for the pic, it's not mine.

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Unread 10-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #8
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The bracket is secured to the column (black bolts). The aluminum wedge is secured to the uper bracket. The movement is occuring at lower bracket and the wedge (arrows). The bolts at the wedges are super snug and dont move either. its like there is no clamping effort on the lower bracket due to the wedge transfering the force through the lower bracket into the upper bracket.
I find it strange that the bolts are not lined up, meening not straight across from one another.

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Unread 10-21-2013, 09:08 PM   #9
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False alarm, Everything is under control! I found the source of the shimmy... The upper bracket where it joins the tub at the top of the dash was just a litle bit loose. I used phillips head screws instead of the original Torx bolts, and they wer just ever so slightly loose. Thanks for all the help!
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