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Unread 01-25-2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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Tilt steering column bearings

The tilt steering column in my CJ had some play in it so today I tore it down with the intentions of applying some loctite to and tightening the bolts. As I was pulling the collar off ball bearings started flowing. The plastic bearing cage is toast so I am going to have to replace the bearing. Here in lies the problem - I know I wont be able to find it locally and I am flying out to North Carolina Monday and may not be back for several months. I need to get this column back together so my wife can use the CJ as a back up when needed.

I know these columns are pretty much the same column used in some GM/Chevy trucks - does anyone know of a GM or Chevy that may have the same bearings that I can cross reference at the parts house? I was thinking I may be able to find the bearing for a more popular vehicle.

Here is a pic of the kit with bearings for reference:

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Unread 01-25-2014, 08:14 PM   #2
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Unread 01-25-2014, 08:59 PM   #3
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My 78 Vette had the same Saginaw column as my Jeep CJ, Bearings are the same.
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Unread 01-25-2014, 10:12 PM   #4
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not trying to hijack but mines a non-tilt and when I turn, it sounds chunky right at the upper part of the column below the wheel. do these bearing work for a non tilt assembly? I also know that I need to replace my turn signal switch
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Unread 01-25-2014, 11:36 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure all the 80's GM columns are the same for cars and trucks with tilt option. I just went to my local Chevy dealership and they had the parts on hand. Looks like the picture you posted. Of all the things I've done to my Jeep this is the worst, so I wish you luck!…Oh and if I had it to do over again I'd replace every electrical part in there and do a total rebuild turn signal switch, ts cam, horn contact ect. and make sure it is all very clean. Probably not much help, but $.02
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I was looking at putting tilt steering in my cj. You wouldn't know a make and model steering column would work in it.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 01:45 AM   #7
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Anyone have any pics of these bearings going in? I have seen the diagrams and they only show one bearing as far as I have seen. Hooe to have my kit picked up tuesday and try to get it back together so I can get back to working on the backfiring issue I have been having.
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http://www.civilianjeep.info/84-86FSM/Ga-Steering.pdf
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Unread 03-04-2014, 08:41 AM   #9
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I didn't watch this but maybe it'll help...




...or one of these...


https://www.google.com/search?source...+column+repair


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Unread 03-04-2014, 10:16 PM   #10
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Voodoo thanks for that link. Actually had the tilt steering diagram. Only part that gave me a fit was the rack preload spring. It must have been off already when I disassembleed the column last week. Anyways now on to the sputtering and backfiring when I try to accelerate.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 10:18 PM   #11
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Rixcj.. your video was helpfull to. Thats how I found the rack preload springs correct spot.
Again thanks a million guys
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Skerr had a post here that had about every link to column rebuilds there was. You might search under is name
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Unread 03-14-2014, 07:25 AM   #13
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Quote:
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Skerr had a post here that had about every link to column rebuilds there was. You might search under is name
Here ya go...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ti...lease-1294496/

I used Scott's thread to help me rebuild my column... lots of help in that thread!
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in case anyone is looking and if it helps, the OEM number for this is 83510055 http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Brakes-and-S...FaMcOgodjEcA4w And before people get on their rant about the brand, those are original Saginaw bearings and parts in that kit.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 11:06 AM   #15
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If you are rebuilding your Saginaw column, go to this site. Jim Shea was the Engineer at Saginaw during it's design and his papers are invaluable. The Jeep column is almost identical to the Corvette.

http://jimshea.corvettefaq.com/?cat=5
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