Let me start with saying I really don't know what I am doing. I have the infamous loose steering in my 85 CJ7 I have tightened it up with the adjustment in the gearbox but it's still there and I think I have pinpointed it to the steering shaft, it's lose by the coupler there is a good deal of play up and down on the shaft. Enough play to make noise when I shake it. So my question is, is it safe to drive with this much play while I wait to upgrade my steering? I'm waiting until after the holidays to replace the steering gearbox and the shaft with a heaver duty parts, but I would like to drive my Jeep while I wait.
I'm attaching a video in case I am using any wrong terms.
X2...I'm just finishing up with installing my Borgeson Steering Shaft.
The lower coupler linkage on the orignial steering shafts stink. They wear out in less than a year or so it seems.
(see photo below) The two square parts and the spring go on the end of a perpendicular steel shaft that is attached to the bottom of the steering shaft. Then this set up goes inside the coupler. These two square parts slide up and down in the coupler and this is where you get a lot of play back and forth.
Anyways, you can replace this whole set up or go with the Borgeson.
Stay away from replacing it with the OEM style shaft, the 2 U-joints (if you want to call them that) don't have any bearings so they get loose rather quickly. I replaced both the shaft and the lower joint assembly and regretted it, ended up soon after with the Borgeson shaft which has needle bearings in the u-joints and does away with the funky lower part shown as part #3 in the post by Mickey Mouse. Do it once and be done with it. It is normal for the shaft to telescope not only to fit your Jeep but to telescope in case of a crash.
Is it safe to drive as-is? Probably as long as you are aware of its limitations.
HD Replacement Steering Shafts for 1972–86 Jeep CJ. Jeep’s original steering shaft assembly was not designed to handle the added stress of body lifts and oversize tires. Borgeson’s replacement assembly has a telescoping shaft with two precision needle bearing u-joints. The steering assembly is easy to install with common hand tools. Once installed, you will experience much tighter and more responsive steering. (taken from from the Quadratech website)
I'm about to install this on my 85 cj7. Anyone done this yet? Just need some input. The directions tell me to make a new slot. Why can't I use the existing ones on the gearbox input shaft and steering column side?