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Re: lower steering shaft coupler inserts--\'74 CJ5
I had to check to make sure that yours was the same as mine.
Yeah, I’ve had ‘em apart, not much too them. It’s basically just a can with grooves formed in opposing sides. The steering shaft has a rod through it at the end. Something that looks like a square nut with the end covered go in each side of the rod, there is a spring to keep them expanded into the grooves. The steering shaft with the “nuts” on it fit into the can then the boot then a clip holds it all together. There is probably nothing wrong with the tulip or can part so you can buy the rebuild kit cheaper.
If you do go the pick-a-part route, make sure you get the right spline count and shaft diameter. M38 sent me a couple shafts but the spline count and shaft diameter for the steering box were different. His were probably for a manual, mine has the power steering box.