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Djencee

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89 style ps steering box on 86 pickup
« on: Apr 30, 2018, 05:27:35 PM »
Ive gathered up my parts to convert my 86 4x4 22r pickup from manual steering to power steering. I was only able to get my hands on a 89-94 style box and have found some conflicting ideas about being able to interchange boxes.

The 89 style is longer than 86 by about an inch. Is it possible to change the length of the steering shaft at the slpine connection to the steering column to make the shaft shorter or is there another way?

Just wondering how I can make this work and how much extra work it would be. Thanks

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Re: 89 style ps steering box on 86 pickup
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2018, 10:47:53 AM »
Ive gathered up my parts to convert my 86 4x4 22r pickup from manual steering to power steering. I was only able to get my hands on a 89-94 style box and have found some conflicting ideas about being able to interchange boxes.

The 89 style is longer than 86 by about an inch. Is it possible to change the length of the steering shaft at the slpine connection to the steering column to make the shaft shorter or is there another way?

Just wondering how I can make this work and how much extra work it would be. Thanks

No you can't shorten the box shaft but you should be able to shorten the column shaft easy enough.  Can you weld?

I was thinking back in time and I believe some of the steering shafts have a kind of tight slip in them that is flat on two sides and has some nylon kind of stuff on the shaft.  I think you might be able to collapse that slip a bit with a soft hammer.
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Re: 89 style ps steering box on 86 pickup
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2018, 02:08:10 PM »
No you can't shorten the box shaft but you should be able to shorten the column shaft easy enough.  Can you weld?

I was thinking back in time and I believe some of the steering shafts have a kind of tight slip in them that is flat on two sides and has some nylon kind of stuff on the shaft.  I think you might be able to collapse that slip a bit with a soft hammer.

I can weld if I need to, I would assume I just need to cut the steering shaft somewhere above the rag joint and make up for the difference there?

I also see the slip joint you are talking about. Just wanted to make sure I could make up for the difference in length before I hit it with a hammer.

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Re: 89 style ps steering box on 86 pickup
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2018, 03:12:42 PM »
Play with the slip with a mallet and a block of wood, if you don't like the look of it then cut it and sleeve it with a bit of tube or pipe.
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