XJ Steering Shaft Upgrade (88-94 Trucks) 95+instructions on page 31

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  1. shelbyt.67

    shelbyt.67 Weirdo

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    Hey all, Read about this in one of ChrisAU's threads. Thought I'd detail it out.
    This is a super easy swap to eliminate a butt load of steering slop. Minus my learning curve the basic swap took about 20 min.
    The shafts that fit are 84-00 Jeep Cherokee XJ steering shafts. They are almost a direct fit for OBS trucks up to 96. For 97+ there's a link at the bottom.
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    Start by removing the Rag joint at the bottom of the stock Shaft. Remove the bolt and pry off with a crowbar. The shaft will compress at the top.
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    Now remove the bolt at the top blob joint. pry or tap gently. DO NOT pound this joint. There are plastic pieces inside your steering column that will break.
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    Ok, now u will need to grind a SMALL groove at the top of the flat spot on the steering column joint. This is for the top bolt of the XJ shaft.
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    The XJ shaft will need to be separated. There is a plastic thangy inside that needs to be broken. Easiest way is to heat it with a torch and knock em apart.
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    Gods gift to GearHeads;
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    Ok,now cleanup and grease the lower end of the shaft and reinsert it into the upper.
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    Now grease the spline at the steering gear and slide the lower shaft on. The lower bolt will fit perfectly into the stock spline bolt groove.
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    Do the same for the upper, aligning the bolt with the groove u cut earlier.
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    Now u got a no slop steering shaft.
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    Enjoy!



    UPDATE: For 97+ Try this. Post # 50 and 56,57
    http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forum/...w-i-got-rid-my-steering-slop-cheap-obs-3.html
    and this.
    http://www.flamingriver.com/index.php/products/c0005
    Also see post #140 for FULL SIZE chevy van shafts used on 96-98 trucks.
    http://www.gmt400.com/forum/showthr...(88-96-Trucks)&p=464928&viewfull=1#post464928

    UPDATE: Apparently Grand Cherokee and Limited shafts are working.There seems to be shafts that look different so check to see if the splines match the steering box and the u-joint at top matches the chevy steering shaft. Body lift at least to 3" should not be a problem.
    Astro van shafts have also been used.
    On 95+ trucks check to see if there is a third joint behind the firewall. Some trucks apparently have different stock shafts.
     
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    awsome right up! im assuming there would be enough slack in the shaft if you have a body lift installed?
     
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    am92 Fightin' Texas Aggie

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    Yep, plenty long enough...too bad this mod wont work in a 98 :(
     
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    Bummer, That sucks. I'll edit to reflect that.
     
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    oodles o slack.
     
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    am92 Fightin' Texas Aggie

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    I think some 97s have a problem with it too...different stock steering shaft that the earlier trucks
     
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    shelbyt.67 Weirdo

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    I wonder if a little xtra persuasion would make em fit a 98?
     
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    am92 Fightin' Texas Aggie

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    I think a couple guys ordered some xj shafts on accident and then found out it wouldn't work but I never heard if they figured out a way or not...
     
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    shelbyt.67 Weirdo

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    Just reread all the original posts on this. Sewlow58 did it to his 97. The 98's have a third joint contraption after the firewall and the blob joint inside the firewall. Making this mod much more difficult, but not impossible. Just takes more "persuasion". ;)
     
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    What year OBS did you do it to? I thought it wouldn't work on my 97 model.
     

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