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Old 07-24-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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TJ Steering Wheel

Okay so I think I know the answer to this, but thought I'd toss it out here anyway.

Is there anyway to replace the TJ's steering wheel without having to replace the entire column?

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Yeah, I should've expected that. Can I then change to an after market smaller steering wheel?
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I heard from a friend that heard from his adopted sisters aunts mothers stepson who heard from the guy on the corner with the sign that you can put a grant style steering wheel on your TJ using a YJ adaptor. But dont hold me to it.
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I remember reading something about the YJ Grant adapter like silvergoat said... all others that I've seen took some kind of adapter and just welded it to the steering shaft.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:22 PM   #7
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The splines on the shaft are the same as to older jeep wranglers and also most chevys like S-10s I just put one on mine but make sure you get one that has some dish to it because if you get a flat style you have to space it out so your fingers will clear the wiper and dimmer levers wqhile steering.here in an adaptor http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bille...spagenameZWDVW I will put up a picture of the one i just put on my 97 here in a bit.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:46 PM   #8
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I used a YJ quick release from Grant. I had to buy an adapter hub just to fit the steering wheel I wanted. Then just bolted it all up.

This is the quick release splines installed on the shaft.



and the steering wheel.



Was a pretty easy install. The only down side is the distance from the steering wheel to the turn signal/wiper stuff. I chopped mine off.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:48 PM   #9
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I used a grant adaptor for Jeep and GM i think the # is 3162.I allready had laying around and a MOMO adaptor off ebay and the steering wheel off ebay and ended up with around $70 in it all.If I had it to do again I would have just got this wheel.http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/APC-4...spagenameZWDVW Opps I see now the grant # is 3196
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Also a quick note that you can modify the clock spring that was for the air bags to stay in there by pulling it out and cutting down the two tabs on boths side that your factory wheel set in.You will need to grind them down a little at a time to allow the grant adaptor to fit in the middle of them so they will turn when the wheel does or if you what to put a horn button in another location you can remove the clock spring all together and drill 2 holes in the grant adp and put two screws in that hit the turn signal cancel lever other wise your turn signals will stay on after a turn.
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you can't keep the clock spring with full hydro.
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you can't keep the clock spring with full hydro.
Huhhh?? You kind of lost me...confused:
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I guess you are talking about your rig haveing hydraulic steering????If so then yeah I would say you could still keep the clock spring just have to bolt it to your headrest Neh the clock spring is useless once the air bag is out anyway other than to retain the use of the swivel point for the horn wire and also the tabs that hit the turn signal cancel lever.Having air bags in a crawler/hard offroader would be hard on the face I would say
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There is no set center on full hydro. Because of that you can turn your wheel far enough one way to ruin the clock spring. Would have been nice to know before I spun the wheel far enough to murder mine. Those things don't last long on the used market.
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Sweet, thanks for the info fella's. I pretty much already have a steering wheel that I can use laying around so I'll just need the adapter.

Andy, this kind of stuff is all new to me. I'm better at suspension and axle design/workings. Can any of those steering wheels be quick disconnect? Honestly that's kind of what I was looking for along with something a bit smaller since mine is getting old and torn up.
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I pretty much already have a steering wheel that I can use laying around
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Jerry if it wasn't so farging hot out here for 3 or 4 months a year I would totally rock the hell out of that steering wheel.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:16 PM   #18
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Sweet, thanks for the info fella's. I pretty much already have a steering wheel that I can use laying around so I'll just need the adapter.

Andy, this kind of stuff is all new to me. I'm better at suspension and axle design/workings. Can any of those steering wheels be quick disconnect? Honestly that's kind of what I was looking for along with something a bit smaller since mine is getting old and torn up.
It all depends on which quick disconnect kit you get. Then... it depends on which steering wheel you get. For instance, this grant hub adapter has a 5 bolt pattern for bolting the steering wheel on.



this one is 3 bolt

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Since you already have a steering wheel you will just need to verify the bolt pattern of your wheel and match the quick release hub to it. They make 2 kinds, weld on and bolt on. If you get the bolt on you need to make sure the steering shaft doesn't bottom out in the quick release hub before the steering wheel is fully engaged. Else it will come off at the most inopportune time.

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It all depends on which quick disconnect kit you get. Then... it depends on which steering wheel you get. For instance, this grant hub adapter has a 5 bolt pattern for bolting the steering wheel on.



this one is 3 bolt

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Since you already have a steering wheel you will just need to verify the bolt pattern of your wheel and match the quick release hub to it. They make 2 kinds, weld on and bolt on. If you get the bolt on you need to make sure the steering shaft doesn't bottom out in the quick release hub before the steering wheel is fully engaged. Else it will come off at the most inopportune time.

Ask me how I know.
Yeah, I see where you are coming from. Kind of like my broken auto shifter that comes off when I'm needing reverse at the worst times.
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I was at the top of a steep hill called drive shaft. There is an under cut dip on the right side at the top that is followed by a steep ledge. I hit the ledge and my wheel popped off. I yelled something cool like... HOLY SHIT!! Anya didn't know what to think.

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