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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-2009, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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steering shaft

So, I finally came up on a steering shaft at the junkyard... was easier to get out than i thought it would be... cant wait to get it in... but that brings me to my question...

how do I get it to collapse? should i do some persuasion with a rubber mallet? once I get it collapsed i assume it will collapse far enough to not have to take the whole steering column out?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-29-2009, 12:54 AM
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I was fortunate enough to have collapsed mine in the process of removing it. Soak it for a night or more in your favorite penetrating fluid (not wd40). Put it in a vise, or clamp it to something sturdy and tap around the joint. Be cautious about hitting the ujoint. Be patient and it will work loose, brake fluid mixed with acetone is my weapon.

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I have it soaking in oil right now..that should be alright, yeah? figured that'd get it loose by morning
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I know all the old heads i hang with say motor oil or brake fluid to loosen bolts. Should work, if it doesn't BFH

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PB Blaster is better. When you get it moving grease it up. That thing should slide back an forth real easy when you are done. It should move easily w/hand pressure.
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I'm missing something here................why do you want to callaspe?

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I'm missing something here................why do you want to callaspe?
It's longer than the stock steering shaft... collapsing it will make it work with our cars.
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I used WD40 and a BFH. It was a job but I got it done. DON'T hammer or otherwise stress the joint. This mod made an improvement but I have to come to terms with the fact that a 96 RMW wont ever steer like a car with rack and pinion. My next and last mod in regards to steering is the Trans Am steering box I have in the garage. I can get a rebuild kit at work for cheap but judging by what i've read, there isn't much to rebuild. More to come.

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Those steering shafts are made to collapse on impact. Saves the frame and from keeping the steering column from impacting your chest.
You would be surprised on how seized they get over the years.
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do our stock shafts collapse easily? I'd hate to have to take out the steering column.
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