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64 tempest v8 ragjoint replacement help

can someone walk me thru replacement? i dont want to rebuild just replace. how? Borgeson?

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Many GM rag joints are the same as the ones used in cars over here. You can rebuild it by first removing it and taking out the two bolts,and then carefully grinding the SHORT end of the rivets that go through the joint and knocking them through with a hammer. Next buy the replacement joint (urethane ones last longer) and replace the bolts with new ones and the rivets with bolts facing the same way as the rivets were. MAKE SURE THE PRESSED STEEL PIECE IS REFITTED OR YOU WILL LOSE THE STEERING IF THE NEW JOINT BREAKS. Hope this helps.

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If you are looking for a replacement the first thing you need to figure out is the spline count and size of the input shaft on your steering box. You can get replacements of the "Help" brand (red/white packages hanging on the wall) at most parts stores...but they might need to order the right size. You could also check a dealership (good luck with that) or specialty store. Borgenson makes some nice u-joints that will replace the rag joint. Some of them I think even have some vibration damping in them if that is what you want...they do however cost a bunch more than a standard replacement
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