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Old 03-11-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Steering play

Ok folks. I have a '74 cj5. It has a Chevy 350 in it. It had a lot of play in the steering but I just replaced the tie rod. There is still some play in the steering wheel and was wondering if there was anything I could do for that?

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Old 03-11-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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Your steering shaft from the column to the steering box is more likely most of the play. I recommend a borgeson...they run about $225. If you have larger tires then your steering box bracket is probably wore out. A M.O.R.E. is a good brand for a replacement. A steering box brace isn't a bad idea either. You are looking at about $400 for everything but it made a huge difference on my cj7. You can buy cheaper brands but make sure the reviews are ok. Also you buy can each one individually to spread the cost out.

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Old 03-11-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'll have to troubleshoot and see what it is. Ty for the information u gave me.
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X2, good recommendations from Dempsey.

Are you also getting wandering, hard to keep between the lines?
If you are running a lift, check your caster angle. Insufficient caster angle caused by lifts will cause wandering.You should be running 5 to 7 degrees positive caster. Steel shims are available tp place between the spring and axle pad to correct caster. (Never use aluminum or other soft shims)
here is one good source, if you ind that you need them:
4Crawler Offroad Products - Custom Leaf Spring Shims
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I would check for frame cracks around the steering box and for excessive play in the gear mesh [which can be tightened] Have somebody work the steering wheel back and forth while you observe the steering components for play somewhere.
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Thank you
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:14 PM   #7
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x2 on the borgeson shaft and caster!

Also, a steering brace is a great plan if lifted and running a dropped pitman arm, and good plan if running a lift and highsteer. This is the one I run and hiighly recommend.

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Old 03-19-2012, 04:37 PM   #8
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Now that shaft will work with the tilt column? It's a Chevy tilt column. But the steering box is stock. I'll have to post some pics
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The Borgeson website should tell you how to measure for the correct shaft length, and which ends to use. You'll need to measure the stub diameter and spline count on both the box and the column shaft to get the right ends.
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Thanks Lynn

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