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Username Post: 96 CHEVY K1500 RAG JOINT CHANGEOUT        (Topic#270950)
496BBC 
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Loc: Louisiana
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10-22-11 05:05 PM - Post#2150023    

How do you change the rag joint on a 96 K1500?

I've searched this form and can't find anything on this subject.

I've searched the net and can't find anything that says where to find one nor does the local parts house have them.

I have the steering shaft out and it appears that the rag joint is pressed onto the shaft.

Is it even possible to change it out?

thanks for any info

Neal
77 vette with 496BBC 10.5 to 1 Ross custom pistons, forged rotating assembly, custom ported large oval port heads, 2.19int, 1.88ext Lunati valves, titanium retainers, Lunati solid roller 258,260 dur,.698int,.701ext, Hughs TH350, 2800 stall, 4.11 rear


Edited by 496BBC on 10-22-11 05:06 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
sedandelivery55 
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10-22-11 06:05 PM - Post#2150035    
    In response to 496BBC

Neal, if you have the shaft out, half the work is done. I replaced the ragjoint on my '92 last week, and like you said, the part store doesn't even carry a replacement. If you check out the 'Help section at autozone, you'll find replacement ragjoint kits with the rubber ring and replacement bolts, that's what I used.
You'll have to grind/drill the rivets out of the old joint and replace the ragjoint and use the bolts in the kit to replace the rivets.

The bolts in the kit I bought didn't work quite as well as I wanted, so I just used the rubber ring and my own hardware.
Lee

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496BBC 
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10-22-11 06:25 PM - Post#2150041    
    In response to sedandelivery55

Thanks for the info Less,

I'll run by there tomorrow and see if I can find one.

Neal
77 vette with 496BBC 10.5 to 1 Ross custom pistons, forged rotating assembly, custom ported large oval port heads, 2.19int, 1.88ext Lunati valves, titanium retainers, Lunati solid roller 258,260 dur,.698int,.701ext, Hughs TH350, 2800 stall, 4.11 rear


 
jvaagen 
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10-22-11 07:52 PM - Post#2150067    
    In response to 496BBC

From what I remeber from either this site or another you can remove the ragjoint completely and go with (I think a jeep) style steering shaft no parts to wear out. just do more research or ask around on this or a diffrent site?
1989 chevy k1500 5.7l 4x4 bone stock from bone yard
1987 vw cabriolet beater with a heater


 
someotherguy 
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10-22-11 08:38 PM - Post#2150081    
    In response to jvaagen

You can use a Jeep shaft easily on an 88-94 truck; the redesigned column for 95-up makes it a bit more of a challenge as the shaft is different. Haven't yet seen someone find a Jeep shaft that can work for it.

And the Jeep shafts do wear; they have a U-joint instead of a rag joint and often the used shafts in the boneyards are no good.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
jvaagen 
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10-23-11 11:42 AM - Post#2150278    
    In response to someotherguy

Oh my bad shows how much I know right, but the u-joint can be replaced easier than the ragjoint?
1989 chevy k1500 5.7l 4x4 bone stock from bone yard
1987 vw cabriolet beater with a heater


 
someotherguy 
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10-23-11 12:43 PM - Post#2150305    
    In response to jvaagen

I do not believe the joints are serviceable, but I could be wrong. There are quite a few steering U-joints available but I'm having a hell of a time looking them up by the Jeep application.

At any rate, here's what the Jeep shaft looks like installed on a '94 pickup...



Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
496BBC 
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Loc: Louisiana
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10-24-11 09:32 AM - Post#2150600    
    In response to 496BBC

I have to agree that the hardware that comes with the repair rag joint is not adequate for the job. There just aren't enough bolts to complete the install. Not to mention that they don't work at all without interfering with the shaft clamp once installed.

I had to make a couple trips to the hardware store to get the correct fasteners to get it done.

Its installed and I'm back on the road, I still have a small amount of slack and that's due to some play in the output shaft of the steering box.

I'll either have to rebuild this one or install a rebuilt box latter when I have a little more time to do so.

thanks for all the help with this issue

Neal
77 vette with 496BBC 10.5 to 1 Ross custom pistons, forged rotating assembly, custom ported large oval port heads, 2.19int, 1.88ext Lunati valves, titanium retainers, Lunati solid roller 258,260 dur,.698int,.701ext, Hughs TH350, 2800 stall, 4.11 rear


 
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