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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 90K5, Dec 27, 2002.
Can I install my steering shaft with the box already bolted to the frame?
I did but I have a 1" body lift and I had to persuade it a little with a big screwdriver...
Does the shaft collapse at all? It looks like it can kind of telescope itself...
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!
That sucks...i have it bolted up, torqued down, and locktited already
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.
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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