|Steering Shaft upgrades|
Once I installed my 2" body lift, I just did not like the bind in the rag joint on the steering. I also had play in the ujoint at the end of the steering shaft. This made for a horrible feel at the steering wheel. In addition, the Bronco came with a non collapsible shaft. Meaning a head on collision could send a stake through your heart.
I started pricing replacement steering shaft systems. Some of the popular ones include Flaming River and Borgeson. These units were very nice, but way out of my budget for this project! I had to find something different to do.
I asked around for any ideas that other people had come up with. Long time friend Bill Mish had converted his to a collapsible shaft and found replacement Spicer ujoints to serve his needs. And he just happen to have a spare collapsible shaft in the back yard.
Now we had to locate the replacement joints we were going to need to convert this to a dual ujoint system instead of ujoint/rag joint.
Parts list for conversion:
|Here's a pic of all the parts I started with. Original lower shaft, original upper shaft, and junk yard collapsible shaft.|
|For the upper end that had the rag joint, this are the following components needed. Upper and lower yoke and ujoint.|
|For the lower end I needed a yoke for the shaft and a conversion joint to fit the splines on the steering box.|
|I measured the original length of the lower steering shaft. With those measurements I cut the ends off of the junk yard collapsible shaft. Leaving plenty of engagement, but allowing for some collapse.|
|Prepping the collapsible shaft for the new yoke ends.|
|After removing rag joint from the upper shaft, the splines were counted and diameter measured to determine the correct yoke to be used.|
|Here's the final components assembled. The have set screws to hold the yokes in place, but I went ahead and welded them to the shafts for peice of mind.|
|You now have a collapsible shaft at an affordable price.|
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