Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

steering upgrades

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pissed and broke, May 27, 2006.

  1. pissed and broke

    pissed and broke Newbie

    Joined:
    May 12, 2006
    Posts:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Scotland
    HI
    I have been hearing about an upgrade to the steering using the coloum from
    a jeep wrangler, has anyone done this ? is it an easy mod ? what about the steering box can any one recomend a better box than the standard one
    thanks in advance:confused:
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2000
    Posts:
    36,170
    Likes Received:
    1,375
    Location:
    E-town baby!
    I think the upgrade you're thinking of is the Jeep Cherokee (otherwise known as an XJ...)steering shaft which uses U-joints at both ends rather than the rag joint found on our trucks.

    Steering boxes are usually quite good, although like anything they do wear out. Most often scary steering/handling is caused by things other than the box itself.

    In no particular order:

    Frame cracked at steering box...box 'moves' with steering input
    Loose steering box bolts...box 'moves', often leads to frame cracking
    Worn drag link ends...drag link is sloppy and doesn't transfer steering input correctly.
    Worn Tie rod ends...sloppy/weird handling issues
    Backlash on box may need adjusting...this should be the very last step. This is an area where it's easy to do more harm than good, and it's pretty rare for the box to be out of adjustmant.

    It's best to get a helper to cycle the steering left to right and back repeatedly while you closely watch each component. It will not take long to find where the problem is...and most problems are easy to fix.

    Rene
     
  3. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Posts:
    25,537
    Likes Received:
    536
    Location:
    horseheads , ny 14845

Share This Page