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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-11-2000, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Post body lift blues

I just installed my JKS 1.25" body lift yesterday. It went pretty quick, practically without a hitch. The fan cleared the shroud, the tranny lever didn't hit, or anything.
Now, once I went to move the Jeep I'm getting some clicking that seems to come from the steering column. I've checked the steering shaft, and none of the joints are the problem. The steering wheel was sticking on the test drive.
Anyone ever have this type of problem? Any idea's?


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-11-2000, 09:24 AM
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did the intructions say anything about lengthening the steering shaft? i know on the body lifts i have installed thet you were suposed to drill out two little plastic sheer pins in the steering shaft and extend it to make up for the lift. i will say that i havn't had one that just extended from drilling out the pins. i guess that when the plastic is molded into the shaft that it runs around the shaft and holds it. i have always had to remove the shaft and take a trch to the area where the two shafts slip into eachother. with it hot put one end in a vice and a set of vice grips on the other and hit the vicegrips with a hammer it extend the shaft. i don't know that it is required to extend the shaft with the 1.25" kit so you should check the instructions and call the company.

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When I installed the Daystar 1" body lift, I noticed this also. (The clickin')
I was puzzled as to what it wasuntil one day I pulled the Jeep up on a steep incline and the steering shaft pulled away from the box!Scared me something good. I went home and did as high5 suggested and removed the plastic sheer pins. No more clickn'!

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Okay, cool. That's one more thing to check once I get home today. Thanks!

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Every one here is right. If you have access to a torch, turn it WAY down and melt the plastic pins out. Spray some lubricant or breakfree in the shaft. As soon as it cools it will start sliding. It usually takes some elbow grease to convince it you mean business. Good Luck, Chad

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Re: Post body lift blues

What exactly are you all talking about? I just installed a 2" body lift on my 89 YJ. I just figured the steering shaft would slip and lengthen. I've done body lifts on chevy's and that is what would always happen. Do I need to do something different to my YJ? I looked at the shaft and it did slide some. Doesnt' look like enough for a 2" lift but I haven't drove it yet. I didn't really read the directions--I hope this hasn't caused me any problems.??

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The Jeep steering shaft has no slip. It has two nylon sheer pins that keep it from pulling apart. It uses splines and clamps on both ends to keep the shaft connected to the steering box as well as the steering wheel shaft. If you move the body away from the frame the steering shaft cannot 'grow' own it's own with out removing these sheer pins. Once they are removed you can lengthen the shaft about 3" or so.

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What kind of damage do you think I have done to mine, I've already installed the 2" body lift, but have not drove it or turned the wheel. I didn't do anything to the steering. Just lifted the body, put the blocks in, and bolted them back down. How should I approach it now--just undo the shaft from the steering box and the fire wall and then lenghten the shaft and reinstall it?

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You shouldn't have damaged it John. Just fix it if it is a problem.

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Loosen the clamps on both ends....remove ye' old shaft......melt them pins......re-attach shaft........crank ye' old motor......hammer down!
Watch as the 'moonguy' section cheer you on!




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