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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rag joint Replacement

I am going to replace it stopped at ford today on my way home to price a new one and they told me $125! I looked at him and just started to laugh. He said that in order to rep[lace that on a 1990 Bronco with tilt wheel, that You can't buy just that joint anymore it's comes as one piece with the lower shaft. Is this true or will a $10 universal one from advanced work? I never did this before but don't look hard.

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Re: Rag joint Replacement

That chunk of rubber is riveted to the intermediate shaft, so unless you can find a supplier of the rubber and cana install rivets like those, he's right. But the highest price I've ever gotten from a junkyard on that is $35 - the lowest was $10. All '87-97 trucks (tilt, non-tilt, auto, manual, whatever) use the same intermediate shaft, so look around.


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You can replace it w/a universal from Autozone. It's the bigger of the two IIRC, but I could be wrong about that (they sell two in the Help! section and it's been awhile for me). Autozone price is $9.99. Drill out rivets and replace w/bolts. Worked on my old '87.

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I think i'll buy it then and just replace it then save up for the 4" lift with all the goodies and a winch I heard you guys talk about a 12,000#er would the 9,000#er work?

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Re: Rag joint Replacement

when i replaced mine i looked at autozone but neither of the two designs seemed to be the right size, so i went to the junkyard. i think i paid 15 bucks for the whole shaft, which came from a 94 extended cab and was a little bit longer but worked fine. hopefully yours is different than mine and you can get that Help! piece from autozone to work, that would be better and cheaper.


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Most of the guidelines I've seen say the winch line pull should be 1 1/2 times the weight of the truck. Factory curb weight of a Bronco is 5000, which would mean a 7500 (8000) lb winch. Mine weighs 6000, but the Warn XD9000i ($850-1250) I have seems to be geared too high to pull me uphill thru mud. I'm gonna start looking for the Ramsey RE12000 ($920-1400) I've always wanted.


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That Ramsey 12000 is a kick a$$ winch. I've had one in my basement for years lol. One of these years I'll get around to installing it.

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Replacing the rag joint is not too difficult, and the Autozone Help display ones worked fine for me. I think I bought two and returned the one I did not use. You do have to grind out the factory rivets, and it takes some fiddling to arrange the new bolts so that they clear the clamp bolt to the box. I think I had to grind the head on one of these bolts.

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Guys, the joint in my 85 is shot too, i have replaced the steering box and pump to take care of the play in my steering but if I replace the rag joint, should it firm up my steering more? there is still some play in my wheel and you can turn the wheel soem and the tires dont turn. Not bad but some that the wheel can still move, Id like it to be normal as in the wheel doesnt sway back and forth unless you turn it. Should the rag joint take care of this?

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Re: Rag joint Replacement

I replaced the lower shaft today $125 dealer only part. To cold here in Pittsburgh to fiddle around with the Beast

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