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Unread 12-04-2002, 03:04 PM   #1
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Tilt Steering Column ????

I recently installed the Bestop high-back bucket seats in my '79 CJ5 and they look great!!! But...... the new seats cause me to sit higher in the Jeep, which I like, but this puts the steering wheel almost in my lap--- bad for driving, REALLY bad for getting out of the darned Jeep!

I know they make aftermarket tilt columns that bolt on, but I was wondering:

1) Is there a crossover from another make/model of car/truck that will bolt in (something I could get from a salvage yard)?

2) Would I have to replace the steering shaft (it's new) if I go to a tilt column?

Thanks for any help!

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Unread 12-04-2002, 03:13 PM   #2
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I asked pretty much the same question a while back.

Click here to read the replies.
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Unread 12-05-2002, 02:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for the thread, it should help me to start looking at some of the local salvage yards.

Did you swap out your steering column with the tilt?? If so, how did it go and what did you wind up using?

Thanks again.

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Unread 12-05-2002, 03:22 PM   #4
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I haven't located a steering column yet....but I haven't really looked either. A buddy and I are going to a junkyard tomorrow to look for a few things....I'm gonna see what I can come up with then. I'll keep you posted if I find a good donor....and what kind of make and model. If I don't find anything....I might just buy a new one. They're not too expensive.


Here's a link for a new column.
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Unread 12-06-2002, 10:51 AM   #5
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You do know that a tilt column was a factory option in CJ5s in 1979...
The tilt column that I installed in my '71 CJ5 came from a '78 CJ5 that I cannibalized.
I believe that Centech offers refurbed actual CJ columns. Of course these CJ columns are identical to some other GM columns.
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Unread 12-10-2002, 09:44 AM   #6
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Older GM S-10's and Pontiac's

You should be able to find the same column in the older GM S-10's. Since the Jeep column was made by GM. Another option is that older Pontiac cars had the same type of column... however, with those the length of the intermediate shaft would have to be altered.
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Unread 12-10-2002, 11:09 PM   #7
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I used an '86 Firebird tilt in a '65 CJ-5 and had no problem. Look for a Firebird with floor shift if you have a standard tyranny.
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Unread 12-11-2002, 06:41 PM   #8
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Thanks to everyone for the replies!!

I haven't had time to follow-up with any of the salvage yards, but I'm thinking that the refurbished column may be the way to go for the money.

Thanks,

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