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i figured it out!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by yeild2me, Jan 20, 2001.

  1. yeild2me

    yeild2me 1/2 ton status

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    some of you guys may of already known this, but it was all new to me..when i put the three in. body lift on my jimmy 3 years ago, the steering shaft didnt pull out. we heated it up to melt the nylon inserts but it didnt move. what happened was the joint itself (the part with the boot that connects to the steering colum) moved to the edge of the coupler where it is wider than the rest. you cant tell with the shaft installed, so i thought the slop in joint was because it was worn out. today i removed the shaft to investigate, and decided that if it was bad or i messed it up by taken it apart i would go ahead and buy an aftermarket one. with it removed, i slid it together and guess what?? THE SLOP WAS GONE!!!! i got the drill out, redrilled through the nylon inserts and with a screw driver and hammer, extended the shaft a few inches to make up for the body lift. i re-installed it, and now my steering is like new....NICE AND TIGHT!!! so, if you are planning or have already installed a body lift, make sure the shaft itself extends and not the joint from the coupler.. i dont believe the difference this makes.... if i only would of known!!

    AIRBORNE!!
     
  2. fr8train

    fr8train 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks for the tip. I am pretty sure some of us havent done it yet or are just dealing with the slop.
     

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