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power steering conversion

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by rangerjoe, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Feb 11, 2008
    rangerjoe

    rangerjoe member

    oklahoma
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    I have been converting my 1967 cj;5 to power steering. I have used a saginaw steering box off of a buick. I have also baught a steering kit with the drive links and tyrods from Herm. Now I have ran into a small problem the tyrod that connects to the drag link on the passengers side is draging on the top of the spring. I spoke to herm his suggestion is to put a spacer between the axle and the spring, but I am not really liking this Idea. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Feb 11, 2008
    Mcruff

    Mcruff Earlycj5 Machinist

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    Nothing really wrong with shims if its done right.
    Once you have the power steering you will probabaly need more caster if you didn't to start with and this will help greatly with this problem. Of course these are shims to a degree but it also makes the Jeep track truer running down the road.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2008
    jhuey

    jhuey Michigan Jeeper!

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    I had to shim the axle when I put my p/s upgrade. I built a spacer that was 1/4". Works fine.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2008
  4. Feb 12, 2008
    rangerjoe

    rangerjoe member

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    Thanks for the good info both of you.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2008
    Brad Rabideau

    Brad Rabideau more Jeeps than sense...

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    You could do the tie rod conversion. This puts the tie rods on top of the knuckle instead of on the bottom. You should be able to find more info on the conversion by doing a search. I did it on my 6 when I converted to PS.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2008
    twiggs

    twiggs Work in progress

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    X3 on degreed shims (not just spacers). I've got the exact same setup as you (purchased from Herm), and I got some shims for the front axle. The tie rod no longer hits, and the jeep drives MUCH better with the increase in caster.
     
  7. Feb 15, 2008
    bkd

    bkd Moderator Supreme Staff Member

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    just a heads up....Mcruff made 5 percent steel shims for me, beats the heck outta alum shims and my 6 will track at 70mph running 33" tires :)
    Jim S.
     

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