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72 CJ5 Steering

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by ugos, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Oct 23, 2008
    ugos

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    Hi , Can someone tell me if Steering Gear Brackets from a 76-84 CJ will Bolt on a 72 CJ5, I am pretty sure the Steering Shaft has different ends.

    Thanks
     
  2. Oct 24, 2008
    hudsonhawk

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    No the 72 has a cast bracket that mounts inside the c-channel frame member. The 76-84 bracket bolts to the surface of the boxed frame.

    Now the steering gear boxes themselves are interchangable. A gear box from a 76-84 will bolt to the bracket from a 72. Heck, I run the power steering box off of a TJ on my 72 bracket. You can always replace the rag joint on the end of the steering shaft with a newer u-joint design. In my case I ran the rag joint off of the 72 on the tj gearbox with zero problems until I swapped out the steering column this year. That was about 4 years of hard wheeling and road driving.
     
  3. Oct 24, 2008
    JeepTherapy

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    mine similar to hudsonhawk cept I use a YJ power steering box coupled to a GM tilt column via a later model CJ steering shaft.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2008
    timgr

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    Rag joint? I though all these Jeeps came with the bell coupler, not the rag joint. A rag joint
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    is a rubber disk that lloks like a section of tire. My pickup has a rag joint, but my CJ, and my previous CJs, have the bell coupling. The bell coupling is available aftermarket; looseness in the coupling is a common problem.

    That said, these Saginaw power steering boxes are a commodity item. You can use a steering box from many different vehicles and it will bolt right up to the bracket.

    If you have a broken bracket, you need to find a used one or make one somehow. There is no aftermarket source for a '72-75 steering bracket, and the later brackets won't work in place of them.
     
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  5. Oct 24, 2008
    ugos

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    Thanks Hudsonhawk, for the Info.


    Ugos
     
  6. Oct 24, 2008
    hudsonhawk

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    your right. I had the names mssed up. It had the bell coupler.
     
  7. Oct 24, 2008
    JeepTherapy

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    bell coupler thingie here too
     
  8. Oct 25, 2008
    Bob Greenslade

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    I ended up building my own steering box bracket out of 3/8 plate since none are commercially available. I haven't figured out how to post pictures or I would attach one.
     
  9. Nov 1, 2008
    ugos

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    Does anyone have a picture of the 72 CJ PS or Manual Gear bracket or know of a link
    where you can buy one,

    Thanks
     
  10. Nov 1, 2008
    CJ-X

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    It is a very nice bracket. Don't give up till you find one.
     
  11. Nov 2, 2008
    Bob Greenslade

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    I'm not bright enough to attach a picture but if you give me your email address I'll send you a picture of the stock steering box bracket and the one I built.
     
  12. Nov 3, 2008
    JeepTherapy

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    the only pic I have only shows a little corner of it, I am sure it would be no help.
     
  13. Nov 3, 2008
    timgr

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    J&W or Scotty's in CA might have a used one for you.
     
  14. Nov 13, 2008
    luckde

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    Ugos,

    I have an extra bracket for a 73 that was a bonus part when purchasing the Power steering box. It's ben a while, but I will verify if your interested.
     

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