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Steering shaft lengthen

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Predator, Nov 1, 2001.

  1. Predator

    Predator 1/2 ton status

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    I put a 3" body lift on my 83 and now I need to lengthen the steering shaft. I drilled out the two plastic holes. And from what I understand you also have to melt the plastic inside the shaft with a torch. Now, if I have this right so far, after I melt the inside, do I need to put a bolt or something back in the shaft at the correct length. I noticed there is a little in/out play at the top of the shaft at the joint. Will it pull out of there if there's no stop in the center of the shaft after the plastic is melted?

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  2. Espen88k5

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    Hi.
    Did you loosen the two bolts that clamp the steering coulumn at the firewall + the two sliding adjustment bolts under the dash, while you where lifting? The steering coulumn should have moved forewards and be at a slightly steeper angle.
    The plastick pins are there so the steering coulumn can colaps if you are ever in a colishion and get trown onto the steering wheel. Do not put any bolt through it.
    If you are worried about how much is left in there, take it off and take it somewhere that can lenghten it for you.
    I have some pic's of my bodylift install on my page.


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  3. Predator

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    I unhooked the shaft at the steering box during the lift. It doesn't look like there is enough slack left in the adjustment under the dash......

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    On my 88 there was a clamp where the steering shaft enters the firewall from the engine side. I loosened it and tightened it back upp after lifting. The coulumn had then slid out of the firewall 1,5 inches. Maybe it's diffrent on yours?. I have never heard of anyone loosening tha bolts at the steering-box before? anyone else?

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    I re-read your post and understand what you mean. You cant reach the steeringbox the way it is now after the lift, right?
    Are you sure you cant pull it out of the firewall a litle more.
    I just left mine together while I did mine. I also drilled out the nylon pins, but it didn't move much there, maybe a hair or two.

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    Right, it's too short now. Its got clamps at the firewall and then clamps right under the dash (behind the little metal panel that comes off), that have slots for adjustment. It doesn't have a whole lot of adjustment left. I'll go ahead and try it that way, and see how far it goes.

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