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Old 09-01-2011, 02:20 PM
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Steering Rag Joint Delete

I was going through a salvage yard the other day and noticed that a XJ steering shaft is really close to the late model GW shaft but without the rag joint. (84-96 XJ)
The top joint on the shafts are different so I slid both apart. I was able to use the stock wagoneer upper shaft and the XJ lower shaft.





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Old 09-01-2011, 02:27 PM
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oooo...i got a xj out in the junker line. will have to look into this one.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:37 PM
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:41 PM
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Good thinking. The XJ shaft should cost about as much as a new rag joint at reasonable salvage yards.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:42 PM
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Good thinking. The XJ shaft should cost about as much as a new rag joint at reasonable salvage yards.

huh...they're free in Walmart parking lots
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:46 PM
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huh...they're free in Walmart parking lots

I'd have to shop there first.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:47 PM
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This is good info! I've been meaning to replace the joint on my '88 for a while now, this would be a much better option!
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:11 PM
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Very nice I know what I will be looking for on the next trip to the pick and pull...
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:22 PM
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Good thinking. The XJ shaft should cost about as much as a new rag joint at reasonable salvage yards.

Yeah, it was a whole 9 bucks.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:27 PM
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And there ya go.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:28 PM
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Sweet! thanks for being clever!!!
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:07 PM
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Salute sir i gotta do that.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:18 PM
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ok got mine! Hope that guy isn't too ticked off!
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:27 AM
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Very cool. i have to replace my steering box soon so I may as well do this at the same time. I'm sure that rag joint in there is original.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:38 PM
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Nice discovery - Thanks!

Wow, if I had known that in July, I would have done this when I installed the J20 gear box upgrade on my 88 GW.

Ryan - Since there are clearly more XJs in Durango than Mancos, you mind getting one for me too?
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:40 PM
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awsome!
id much rather have a ujoint than that stupid rag joint.
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So will this work on mid 70s (IE:1976) as well?

I was looking at the Borgsen Steering shaft, but this sounds kinda cool?
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So will this work on mid 70s (IE:1976) as well?

I was looking at the Borgsen Steering shaft, but this sounds kinda cool?

No sure on the earlier rigs, check your lower shaft out and compare it to the XJ.
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Nice discovery - Thanks!

Wow, if I had known that in July, I would have done this when I installed the J20 gear box upgrade on my 88 GW.

Ryan - Since there are clearly more XJs in Durango than Mancos, you mind getting one for me too?


Aren't some of the shafts different sized/spline count? I seem to recall something about that..
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:57 AM
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Aren't some of the shafts different sized/spline count? I seem to recall something about that..
Something like that... When I put the 76 Cherk steering column in the 77 J20, I found the lower section of the shaft was bigger in diameter on the J20 column and had to swap it on the Cherk column. When I put the 79 J20 steering box on the 88 GW, it fit right up to the 88 steering column.
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