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post #76 of 96 Old 07-14-2020, 09:11 PM
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i am still in the same place. All over the dinner table. Work got in the way.
Iím still trying to find the parts I took off 6 months ago...

And trying to remember how it all goes back together.

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post #77 of 96 Old 07-14-2020, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Iím still trying to find the parts I took off 6 months ago...

And trying to remember how it all goes back together.
i just posted an old breakdown tutorial from Dale. https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/d...-deus-4403589/

This is what I used to start my project. I have another one to cross reference.
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Had fun trying to press in new column bearings last night. Eventually had to remove the ball bearings and retainer and press in the race alone.

Used a socket and a drill press to press in the bearings and then pop in the ball bearings. Good thing I learned some tricks repairing bicycles.

Removing the bearings was pretty easy. There are slots in the assembly that you can put in a punch and tap them out. I'll get some pictures tonight if you want any.

I'm rebuilding a YJ column but so far it's the same a a CJ. It's going to get complicated a little further down the road.
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That is the part I am not looking forward to. I have no shop press or drill press handy.

I never even thought of trying to press them in with the bearings. That is just madness. haha
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That is the part I am not looking forward to. I have no shop press or drill press handy.

I never even thought of trying to press them in with the bearings. That is just madness. haha
It was hard to tell when it was all the way down also.

My advice would be, if it's not crunchy feeling when spinning it and the race is not rusty then just replace the retainer and balls. Leave the race in place.

I'll get some pictures.


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So close tonight....

Missing this screw
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what is that for?

is that to lock the key cylinder in place?

mine has the tab.
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what is that for?

is that to lock the key cylinder in place?

mine has the tab.
Yep,
I got a new on on order but I may see if something else can fit in there also.

I have 4 columns at home, 3 have the tab, 2 can use either tab or screw. Only this one uses the screw only.

I already tried a key cylinder with the tab and it just pulls out.
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test fit on mine
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test fit on mine
looks good. Wasn't it tan before?
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Why yes, yes it was.
But there was nothing else tan on my Jeep.
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Why yes, yes it was.
But there was nothing else tan on my Jeep.
thought you did a switcharoo...
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Finally back at the reassembly of the columns.

Powder coated the key release tab. Cleaned and buffed all internals to a nice shine. Kinda went overboard on that but wanted to have my first rebuild as nice on the inside as on the outside. Locktite 271 on those pesky screws. Now they will stay tight until doomsday.

What terrible pain in the a$$ the bearings are. Fought that for some time. Finally got it all together after many outbursts. Buffed the Rack key.

Clean and polished the tilt spring mechanism. Greased and installed. Now the tilt snaps hard with the release. The difficult part is over. The top is very simple to reassemble.

This is going to be the cleanest oem stock tilt column ever.
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There were some imperfections in the lower cup that I did not like so I decided it would be best to sand and repaint before final assembly.
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I am looking for this part used: Tilt Steering Column Housing Cover End Cap.
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