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Old 03-31-2018, 01:01 PM
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Question about steering column swap

Hello all, First a little background then a question. I've had my 88 YJ for about 4 years and was actually trying to decide whether to spend some time and money on it to make it nicer or sell it and buy a convertible. Well, I came across a 95 for sale on ebay for parts which made my decision a lot easier.
The 95 had the 1/2 doors I'd been wanting ever since I got mine. Plus I've found a lot of other parts on it that will make fixing mine up a lot cheaper and easier. So far I've already gotten these swapped from the 95 to mine: Lower metal 1/2 doors, upper slider windows in good condition, the family style roll bars with all the seat belts, front seats, w/s wiper motor, complete OEM soft top frame and hardware, (mine had the bestop supertop with rounded doors so I was gonna have to replace my top with the expensive bestop top). I bought the Smittybilt for about 1/2 of what the Bestop costs. I'm planning on getting the complete dash, heater box and heater controls and who knows what else I'll be able to use off of it. Which leads me to my question: the 95 has automatic tranny with the shifter on the column with pulse wipers and tilt. Does anyone know if that column will work in my 88 with manual tranny, no pulse wipers and no tilt. I don't mind removing the shift lever and the PRNDL from the column if it will work. I realize I'll probably have to do some work on the harness to get the pulse wipers to work and I don't mind that either. I just hate to go through the motions of attempting to swap the columns only to find a major difference that won't let them be switched. Anyone have any knowledge about this? Thanks

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I'd go for it.
There is a black box about the size of a pack of cigarettes that simply plugs into the harness that controls the intermittent wipers.
Find the connector running down from the wiper motor, unplug the connector and plug the black box in between.

The tilt function is contained completely in the steering column.

I've never done the conversion myself, but by looking at mine, I don't think you'll have any big problems.

If you want, I expect you can use the collar off your existing column to get rid of the shifter and indicator.

Good Luck, L.M.
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