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Unread 10-08-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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Tilt wheel for CJ5

I'm doing a full restore of a '80 CJ5 and I would like to replace the steering column with a tilt wheel. Is there any other GM product that will cross swap to my jeep? I'd rather just run to the junk yard than try to order something online.


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Unread 10-09-2006, 02:37 PM   #2
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I used a mid 70s Camaro tilt column in my old CJ.
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Unread 10-09-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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I know that my father-in-law took his out of an older caddy at the junkyard.
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Unread 10-09-2006, 06:12 PM   #4
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A guy here helped me out a while back, but I have'nt had a chance to tackle this project yet. I installed some seats from a 97 Accord (they ride great) and they were a little taller so my legs have to squeeze between the seat and wheel. Anyway he used a column from a 86 S-10. He said the elect plugs should plug into a CJ7. You will need to grind off the bracket on the S-10 column. You may have to mix and match the shafts to get the correct length. Measure the CJ column before you tear it down. You can even use the Chevy dimmer switch in the new column if you want to dig through the harness. I have'nt done this myself, I just rember what he said. I may be able to help more if you have specific Q's.
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Unread 10-09-2006, 10:17 PM   #5
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Why not just find another CJ tilt column? They can't be that hard to find.
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Unread 10-10-2006, 07:32 AM   #6
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I just Googled the part and found a ton of other people looking for a tilt wheel. I guess I'll take a stroll through the junkyard.

I found one person that put a 1988 column from a YJ in - got the dimmer off the floor.

Thanks for the posts guys!
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Unread 10-10-2006, 07:56 AM   #7
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your chances of finding a tilt column out of a CJ in a junkyard are about zero. If you happen to find a Jeep junkyard that has one they are not going to let it go cheap. I recently bought one off of Ebay for $115 which basically needs to be gone through completely.....so in the long run you are going to be right up there around $200 which you can buy a new one from Centech.

That being said if you can get one cheap out of a S-10 or caddy that will fit with minor mods then go for it and all the more power to you!
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Unread 10-10-2006, 12:51 PM   #8
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plenty of tilt cj columns

I've tried to get rid of them before, but I've got a few tilt cj columns sitting around. You can see pics here---www.dropshots.com/h2oman
Let me know if anyones' interested.
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Unread 10-10-2006, 08:09 PM   #9
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Thanks anyway h20man. I went to the junkyard today and picked up an S10 tilt.


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Unread 10-11-2006, 07:12 AM   #10
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Tilt Column

I dig tilt columns, but when I slapped my jeep on its side this summer, it broke my steering column at the tilt joint. I now have a straight column and am still waiting for a new windshield frame to arrive after receiving a bad one. There goes the warm weather wheeling I had time left to do.

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