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Unread 04-24-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Tilt Steering Column Replacement Suggestions

My 83 CJ5 tilt steering column requires replacement and/or repair. Has anyone had any dealings with any of the following companies/rebuilders/persons:

New Jeep Steering Columns from Centech

Price: $632.50

Steering Columns - Custom Built
cj7 cj5 cj jeep tilt steering column 76' + : eBay Motors (item 320511630967 end time May-02-10 21:31:18 PDT)

Price:$319.00


GM TILT STEERING COLUMN SALES & SERVICE / INDEX
JEEP CJ CJ5 CJ7 76-86 TILT STEERING COLUMN REBUILT : eBay Motors (item 360255156698 end time Apr-29-10 17:07:25 PDT)

Price:$350.00

Jeep & SUV Tilt Columns
Flaming River Tilt Steering Column 1980 81 82 83 Jeep : eBay Motors (item 270554981511 end time Apr-27-10 21:04:29 PDT)

Price:$395.00

Thanks for any feedback or other recommendations.

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Unread 04-24-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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I put in a Centech column in mine. It went right in with no problem, and it works great. The two main things that atracted me to the Centech is:

#1. It is brand spankin' new, not rebuilt or remanufactured
#2. It is completely stock, with no funny looking keys or special mounts or anything else. It was a direct swap with the
original.
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Unread 04-24-2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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I have the Centech column also:



When I purchased mine I was on a 'waiting list' for a number of months. The column came in a specially designed shipping box without any problem. I did have to get the ignition cylinder replaced a few months later, because the chrome 'dog ears' had come off (they are attached in a really rinky-dink way).

Column bolted right in, although the welded on nuts where the bracket attaches are metric thread as opposed to the original SAE. I also had them install the correct ignition switch for my 76 wiring.

Edit: Here's another new column if you want some bling: http://www.ididitinc.com/retrofit_co...j_jeep_fs.html
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Unread 04-24-2010, 09:55 PM   #4
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My 83 CJ5 tilt steering column requires replacement and/or repair. Has anyone had any dealings with any of the following companies/rebuilders/persons:
Nope, not me. However, repair is, .... umm... easy/doable/cheap. It is a common column from GM vehicles. The design/build at least (they might have different lengths so any swap may not work).
There are threads on here for fixing slop in the tilt function. What is wrong with yours ?
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Unread 04-24-2010, 10:04 PM   #5
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My steering column has lots of slop, moves up and down a couple of inches, moves a little to the right and left, and will not lock in the high tilt position. I have read a few (about 5 or more) of the repairing tilt steering column threads. I have also been on Dale's Jeep Tilt Column Fix (Tilt Column Fix - Dale's Jeep Junk).
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Unread 04-25-2010, 07:05 AM   #6
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I've never had tilt steering or been in a Jeep with tilt steering. Is this something that you can't live without once you've had it or been in a Jeep with it? Curious minds want to know.............I'm 5"11 by the way since I know most taller people have them.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 07:12 AM   #7
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My steering column has lots of slop, moves up and down a couple of inches, moves a little to the right and left, and will not lock in the high tilt position.
Yep, sounds like all you have to do is take it apart enough to tighten four screws (as most articles suggest).
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I've never had tilt steering or been in a Jeep with tilt steering. Is this something that you can't live without once you've had it or been in a Jeep with it? Curious minds want to know.............I'm 5"11 by the way since I know most taller people have them.
It is a comfort feature. I have never driven a Jeep without stock tilt. Not sure where a non tilt steering wheel normally rests. I could probably live without it but I sure do like it.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 08:00 AM   #8
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Add about $100.00 to the flaming river, it does not come with clamp needed for mounting or ignition switch...
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If you do not want to deal with repairing the one you have, place a thread in JeepForum's Wanted Forum before you go blow a lot of money on a brand-new replacement. You will be able to find a nice, used column for much less than that.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 01:52 PM   #10
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I installed the Centech column in my 78 CJ5 and am happy with it. I had another occasion to deal with Centech and they went out of their way to help me.
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Buyer beware from a column you find on the EBay site. There's a regular seller 'srrcwheelman' on there of "rebuilt" tilt steering columns for jeep. In my case it took two tries and I still had to add missing parts. The seller may have changed his name by now so be careful. Best go with a complete Flaming River column.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 08:59 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone, for all your inputs. I think, I am going to attempt to repair my steering column before I spend any big bucks on a new column.
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Buyer beware from a column you find on the EBay site. There's a regular seller 'srrcwheelman' on there of "rebuilt" tilt steering columns for jeep. In my case it took two tries and I still had to add missing parts. The seller may have changed his name by now so be careful. Best go with a complete Flaming River column.
That's a little concerning to hear. I pulled the trigger on one of these late last week but still hadn't heard from him. I just sent him a nice little note asking him to ship a high quality no BS column or to refund me my money if there is any doubt about its' quality. I'll just have to wait and see what he says.
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Unread 04-26-2010, 01:31 PM   #14
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Anyone have any experience with an ididit column? Was thinking about ordering one of those.

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Unread 04-26-2010, 09:56 PM   #15
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No experience, but IDIDIT is a 'local' company for me (and I always try to support 'the locals' first). Had I not gotten the OEM replacement from Centech, their's was the one that I would have gotten.
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