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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2013 - 04:47:09 pm »
Awesome tech!
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2013 - 08:57:17 pm »
:wave:its fun to fabricate.but how about the steering box,the 3 holes in it are bigger than the mounting bolts.so do you center it somehow to make sure theres no side load on the steering shaft?or welds(other thread)? just thinkin out loud here.overandout

No.  :biggrin:

The steering coupler takes out any misalignment with the steering shaft. The column itself moves a little too, it can be adjusted a bit with its position on the floor.

But, the bearing isn't new. From the factory, floor shifted manual steering cars came with a lower column bearing, pictured first below.

Also, all column shifted cars had lower bearings. There's a bearing on the steering shaft that rides inside of the shift tube, which is supported by a nylon bushing. Second picture below shows examples of the stock column shifted steering shaft bearings.

There's less give in the flange bearing I used, but not a ton. Its biggest advantage is if you're switching from a column shifted car to a floor shifted car, or if your stock lower bearing is worn out or damaged. The first one pictured below is usually about $80, the flange bearings are often in the $10 range.

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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2013 - 10:10:02 pm »
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Thanks Brian, again!
Link works, Just ordered the bearing  :2thumbs:
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2013 - 10:41:25 pm »
and while your at it u can replace the steering coupler boot/cover with something that is much more user freindly..

redesigned seal boot cover..made my life easier..about half way down on the link..steerandgear.com   .

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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2013 - 07:57:02 am »
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How do you do that?

My bearing showed up yesterday :2thumbs:
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2013 - 09:46:16 pm »
How do you do that?

My bearing showed up yesterday :2thumbs:

You mean how do you subscribe?
I just meant I posted in the thread, so I can then just look at the top of the page to check "Show new replies to your posts" to read any new posts here.
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2013 - 04:43:28 pm »

Alright I have to ask, apparently I wanted to swap out my column shift for a floor shift but I got a column shift back.

Can I remove the lockout below and use the bearing shown in this thread or do I have to put it all back together as shown?
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2013 - 03:40:39 pm »

Bumpity!!!  :horse:

Anyone know if I can remove the lockout piece below and install the bearing shown in this thread?
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2013 - 02:56:18 pm »
Alright I have to ask, apparently I wanted to swap out my column shift for a floor shift but I got a column shift back.

Can I remove the lockout below and use the bearing shown in this thread or do I have to put it all back together as shown?

Disassemble the column and just remove the entire column shift tube/lever. Then install the flange bearing at the bottom. The column I installed the bearing on was actually a column shift auto column that I converted to floor shift.

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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2013 - 04:20:40 pm »

Thanks for the feedback, I was afraid of that. I would have to pull the whole thing apart but I guess you have to do what you have to do.

I was hoping I wouldn't have to pull the top end apart but it looks like it's all got to come apart now.

Disassemble the column and just remove the entire column shift tube/lever. Then install the flange bearing at the bottom. The column I installed the bearing on was actually a column shift auto column that I converted to floor shift.
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2013 - 01:19:28 am »

Wow that was a bit painful but the dang column lock tube is out for GOOD!!!!

Btw, you can borrow the puller from Oreillys Auto parts and if you return it within 48 hrs you don't pay a thing! Heck I used it for 15 mins and done, hot dang cause I went to look to buy one and there wasn't any to have.

Bearing is going on tomorrow!!! :bananasmi
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2013 - 09:33:17 pm »
Wow that was a bit painful but the dang column lock tube is out for GOOD!!!!

Btw, you can borrow the puller from Oreillys Auto parts and if you return it within 48 hrs you don't pay a thing! Heck I used it for 15 mins and done, hot dang cause I went to look to buy one and there wasn't any to have.

Bearing is going on tomorrow!!! :bananasmi

Awesome!  :2thumbs:

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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2013 - 02:59:08 am »
Actually finished the entire column up tonite and I'm very pleased with the outcome.

It turns as smooth as butter and there is no up down side to side movement of the steering rod at all!

So I have a couple of questions:

1) After reinstalling everything with the new bearing the steering coupler sticks out 9.5" from the tube. It looks right but I thought I'd check.

2) What is the gap between the Can and the Steering column? Mine looks to be about 1/2" or slightly smaller.

Thanks!
Bryan
« Last Edit: May 17, 2013 - 02:37:38 pm by HP_Cuda »
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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2013 - 05:36:30 pm »
Great idea!
Unfortunately that ebay seller wont ship to canada.
Is anyone able to post the bearing dimensions for me? I am trying to source one locally.

Thanks!

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Re: Replace your lower column bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2013 - 08:10:32 pm »
Exactly 1 inch inside diameter.
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