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Old 03-28-2011, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've read the other threads and no where does it mention that getting the splines on the rack to mate with the bottom of the steering column is this much bull shit. I even started using a jack to hold up the rack and tried to wiggle the splines in but nothing. So I turned the splines and saw this:
Now to me that seems like a freakin crator compared to the way the splines are. So my question is does that matter or should it still be able to go in and I just put the bolt in on the steering column.

Second question, is there a trick for putting the u-bolts back on around the rack. I can't get them started for shit or they are to far away from the wholes.

Thanks for the help again guys sorry for the threads I just can't seem to find the right answers.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would love to hear some insight on this as well. I ordered a new rack from 3SX and if I run into this I'd like to know any tricks to getting that in.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I lubed the fuck out of it with RP7 (WD40? or whatever can based penetrating fluid you guys have over there) and gave it a few love taps with a long screwdriver and a hammer from above, went in with not much effort.
I'd probably use a mini file and try and clean those splines off.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Not to put down your skills or anything but every time I have done it it slide right in. Maybe put a little grease on there and see if you can get someone else to help you. Have one person hold the rack and one person line up the splines.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I had my arms in the most contorted manner in order to reach this from the top. Standing with my ass against the fender while having my arm snaked down by this. Once I managed that my cousin tightened the rack mounts from the bottom to draw it up into the sleeve from what I recall. Seemed to go without much effort.

I dont think that the damage to the splines there will have too much effect on anything as once that collar is tightened down there should be plenty of grip. Just make sure you steering wheel is relatively centered and the rack as well. Otherwise you will have to explain to your alignment guy that you want him to center the rack and you will pop the steering wheel off and center that on your own.
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So its suppose to just slide on? That's not happening for me for some reason and this is pissing me off. The collar always goes on cocked and wont slide on completly. I've tried hammering the bottom I've tried using a pry bar to wiggle the rack back and forth to get it to slip in but nothing has worked so far. I'll try the wd40 approach. What did you put the screw driver on because above the collar there's that rubber boot that I would think would get torn.

I am kinda happy that I don't have to take the rack out to take it back to autozone for another one though.
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