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Old 11-11-2008, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy steering column (blinker release) adjustment

I feel kinda stupid for asking but here goes...

I swapped in a waggy D44 up front and added bulletproof steering components (drag and tie). I have adjusted the drag link so that I get equal turning radius right and left.

I drive my YJ almost everyday on the street and since the new front axle, tie rod and drag-link, my steering column does not deactivate the blinker as it should any more. Near as I can tell, the steering column can only be attached to the steering rod one way (keyed) and the steering rod is also keyed to the steering box. I know I can take the steering wheel off and rotate it so it's lined up straight but that doesn't help with the blinker mechanism. It's really frustrating because when going straight, the mechanism is at the point where it's trying to disengage it so you have to hold the blinker arm so it will stay on...

Is there any way I can adjust this?

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Old 11-12-2008, 04:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like you adjusted your new steering components straight when your steering wheel wasnt quite straight. Is your steering wheel correct when your wheels are pointed straight?
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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when I first put it back together, I set the steering wheel in the center with the wheels straight BUT then I did not have equal right and left turning ability so I then put the pitman arm such that I got equal movement from center to left and center to right but ended up with the steering wheel way off...of course I can take the wheel off, rotate it and put it back on so that it "looks" right when going straight down the road but the "guts" of the steering column are still off, putting the blinker release cam mechanism in the wrong position to work properly...

if I could pull any one of the splined u-joint couplers apart, rotate the column to where it needed to be, then slip the coupler back together, I'd be down-town...but all the splined couplers appear to be keyed to go together only one way...
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