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I got it at a junkyard today for near free, its the same length as my CJ column, can I just grind the mounting flange off of the end, and reuse my CJ flange for the firewalmount? it cant be that simple right?


will the splines for the shaft be the same? ( I havent removed the coupler yet to see for myself)

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OzarkJeep
NW Arkansas, need a CJ rear seat
 
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I just bought one myself this weekend. The columns are different lengths.XJ is short buy about 3 inches. The sole plates are different but I do not believe that to be much of a problem. I was going to remove it since the sole plate on CJ and YJ are removable. I bought mine to swap the wiper switches from the XJ to a YJ column I have without intermitt wippers. The parts are interchangeable. I did have to customize the switch some. The arm that works the dimmer switch is different. A little trim as you go and it works fine. I hope to install next weekend. The u joint ant the end of the column is also different. You will need to buy a YJ intermediate shaft or get replacement ones from Flamming River. I did this since I have their shaft. YJ and XJ's use a DD shaft end and the CJ's use a splined end. Use what ever you have avalible. Good luck.

 

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length difference? really? maybe mine was tilted while I measureed, or its not the factory CJ column...

Could I weld the shaft form teh Xj to the shaft on teh CJ? or cut spline and slip yoke it?

what does the Flaming river shaft cost?

I can cut and weld it for free, but Im not sure what that rapid cool( solution cycle) will do to the shafts themselves..

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did the XJ shafts change length when they stretched the front end for the inline 6 engine? Im asking because the column from my 77CJ5, and this column from whatever year XJ ( it had a Chrysler tranny) they are within 1 inch of each other...

I ground the mounting flange off of mine today ( thes the softest stuff Ive ever cut!)

I also took the shaft U joint apart with the D coupling instead of the splines, so I I now know what the difference is, ill make another coupler at work, or better just mount the tub and column and cut and weld the shaft at the proper length, the factory welds & crimps are pathetic, I can make better connections with ease...

thanks for your help!

OzarkJeep
NW Arkansas, need a CJ rear seat
 
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The 93 XJ column w/tilt I picked up is 3 inches shorter than the 94YJ column I have.I do not believe that an inch would make musch difference. I would give it a shot. It was easier for me to swap the switches to the YJ column, allowing me to have everything ready to swap into my CJ. I am also adding the wiring harness from a YJ so all the connector will be in place helping to eliminate splicing. I did collect the needed wiring pigtails before I came across the harness. It was a lucky find . If you need the pigtails , look in cherokee's, and most GM products. You may want to take the dimmer switch with you since there are some differences and to save time and trips. If you are using intermit wipers you will need the module, found next to column and are easy to find on cherokee's. The yard I went to had 8 cherokee's and 1/2 had the parts needed.

 
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The 93 XJ column w/tilt I picked up is 3 inches shorter than the 94YJ column I have.I do not believe that an inch would make musch difference. I would give it a shot. It was easier for me to swap the switches to the YJ column, allowing me to have everything ready to swap into my CJ. I am also adding the wiring harness from a YJ so all the connector will be in place helping to eliminate splicing. I did collect the needed wiring pigtails before I came across the harness. It was a lucky find . If you need the pigtails , look in cherokee's, and most GM products. You may want to take the dimmer switch with you since there are some differences and to save time and trips. If you are using intermit wipers you will need the module, found next to column and are easy to find on cherokee's. The yard I went to had 8 cherokee's and 1/2 had the parts needed. I believe the Flamming River shaft was $220 complete. I only need the the bottom joint and that was $65. It has made a difference in the handling of my Jeep.

 
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