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Steering box install question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 90K5, Dec 27, 2002.

  1. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    Can I install my steering shaft with the box already bolted to the frame?
     
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    I did but I have a 1" body lift and I had to persuade it a little with a big screwdriver...

    rene
     
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    Does the shaft collapse at all? It looks like it can kind of telescope itself...
     
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    I think it can...but how far I'm not sure. I know it extended a little with my 1" body lift so I wasn't too worried about trying to collapse it a little to bolt it back up.

    An alternative is to get one bolt started on the box and then rotate the box so you can attach the steering rod/rag joint...then finish bolting it up. I just did mine but my front clip wasn't on the truck so I'm sure it was much easier than what you're fighting!

    Rene
     
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    That sucks...i have it bolted up, torqued down, and locktited already
     
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    I think the steering shaft is designed to collapse in the event of an accident so the shaft doesn't end up stabbing you in the chest! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif Where the two parts of the shaft meet is a little hole with a plastic pin holding the two together. Try punching or pulling it out to be able to compress the shaft. It should work but its been a while since I messed with that.
     
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    Yeah i saw that pin...we ended up takin the box off again so we could put locktite on the bolts, but thanks
     

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