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Username Post: Steering gear to flex disk        (Topic#351535)
ggenovez 
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06-12-18 09:06 AM - Post#2736711    

Hi all,

I bought a replacement steering gear. I installed it but it doesn't look like it's in deep enough on the flex disk for the steering column.

Is there a trick to get it to fit at the base of the steering gear shaft? It's half way in. Any danger driving as ?

1990 r-1500 suburban, 350 TBI, 2wd


 
bowtie44s 
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bowtie44s
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06-12-18 12:56 PM - Post#2736731    
    In response to ggenovez

It will only go on so far. There is a bolt that goes in a groove and that is where it has to go. If you're saying you have it bolted together, and the rag joint is in a bind because the shaft is too short, there are one or two plastic rivets you have to drill out.

Jeff

'88 Chevy K3500, aluminum head roller cam 511in³ stroker 10.5:1 compression, 96 NV 4500, 94-98 grille, 305/70-16 (33x12) BF Goodrich KM2s, 91 cluster swap


 
ggenovez 
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06-12-18 01:06 PM - Post#2736733    
    In response to bowtie44s

Thanks Jeff.

So the end of the rag joint is where the groove is. Do I need to remove the pinch bolt and slide it up further then re-attach or am I in the right area?

Wish I took a picture before I removed it.

1990 r-1500 suburban, 350 TBI, 2wd


 
ggenovez 
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06-12-18 01:14 PM - Post#2736735    
    In response to ggenovez

Scowering the net, it looks like the 3rd image on this link
http://www.gmt400.com/threads/xj-steering-s haft-up...

1990 r-1500 suburban, 350 TBI, 2wd


 
bowtie44s 
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bowtie44s
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06-12-18 08:06 PM - Post#2736781    
    In response to ggenovez

That 3rd picture doesn't look like the bolt is in the groove. It needs to slide forward farther and the pinch bolt should go in the grove. The bolt has to come all the way out to slide it farther then once it goes in the groove it can't go forward or backwards.

I may have told you wrong. The plastic rivets was a square body thing. I'm pretty sure the GMT400 shaft should slide without doing anything. I changed mine to the Jeep shaft several years ago and can't remember. Jeeps aren't totally worthless. The steering shaft can be put to good use.

Jeff

'88 Chevy K3500, aluminum head roller cam 511in³ stroker 10.5:1 compression, 96 NV 4500, 94-98 grille, 305/70-16 (33x12) BF Goodrich KM2s, 91 cluster swap


 
ggenovez 
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06-14-18 07:52 AM - Post#2736938    
    In response to bowtie44s

Got it thanks.

Now that Jeep is owned by Fix It Again Tony, you might not have that luxury either.

1990 r-1500 suburban, 350 TBI, 2wd


 
someotherguy 
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06-14-18 09:36 AM - Post#2736950    
    In response to ggenovez

I did the Jeep steering shaft on my '94 C2500LD. It also had headers, and the heat destroyed the rubber dampening piece inside the Jeep shaft in a hurry, causing it to clunk.

I swapped it out for the Borgeson shaft afterwards. It costs more, but it's a nice piece.

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
bowtie44s 
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06-14-18 01:09 PM - Post#2736968    
    In response to someotherguy

  • someotherguy Said:
I did the Jeep steering shaft on my '94 C2500LD. It also had headers, and the heat destroyed the rubber dampening piece inside the Jeep shaft in a hurry, causing it to clunk.

I swapped it out for the Borgeson shaft afterwards. It costs more, but it's a nice piece.

Richard



I have kept an eye on mine after you warned me. I have headers and I have shot the shaft several times with an IR gun and I think the hottest I've seen it is 110°. So far mine is still good. That Borgeson is definitely a nice piece. I just remember it was pretty pricey and I got the one from the Jeep for next to nothing.

Jeff

'88 Chevy K3500, aluminum head roller cam 511in³ stroker 10.5:1 compression, 96 NV 4500, 94-98 grille, 305/70-16 (33x12) BF Goodrich KM2s, 91 cluster swap


 
scrambldcj8 
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06-16-18 03:52 AM - Post#2737135    
    In response to bowtie44s

  • bowtie44s Said:
That 3rd picture doesn't look like the bolt is in the groove. …………. Jeeps aren't totally worthless.




That's because in the 3rd pic that shaft is being removed...

Your last comment, I found offensive....





 
bowtie44s 
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06-16-18 05:28 PM - Post#2737198    
    In response to scrambldcj8

  • scrambldcj8 Said:
Your last comment, I found offensive....





I actually said something kind about a Jeep.

Jeff

'88 Chevy K3500, aluminum head roller cam 511in³ stroker 10.5:1 compression, 96 NV 4500, 94-98 grille, 305/70-16 (33x12) BF Goodrich KM2s, 91 cluster swap


 
454cid 
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06-16-18 07:21 PM - Post#2737214    
    In response to bowtie44s

  • bowtie44s Said:
  • scrambldcj8 Said:
Your last comment, I found offensive....





I actually said something kind about a Jeep.



I briefly looked at a new Wrangler today in the parking lot of a coffee shop. The owner just bought it. That perfect no rust frame and undercarriage sure looked nice! I wish I could go back in time and buy a GMT-400 brand new.

99 K3500 RCLB


 
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