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« on: March 23, 2020, 09:26:19 AM »
How do you guy's reinstall the steering coupler to the steering box shaft? I had to use a prybar to remove it. I put a c-clamp on to try to get some leverage but so far only got it on half way.

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 09:38:12 AM »
There is only one slot the coupler will fit on. 1 spline is bigger on the box and coupler. Clean everything real good and it should slide on. Hard to see it but you have to find it and itís best to mark it so you know itís lined up right.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2020, 09:41:21 AM »
Yes: The coupler has a fine notch filed in it that has to correspond with the master spline on the steering shaft. It should slide on by hand if everything is clean and the splines aren't burred up.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2020, 10:10:31 AM »
Sheldon hit the nail on the head....have everything cleaned real nice, once lined up properly, you should be able to get it started and on most of the way by hand then maybe some light persuasion with a rubber mallet or something similar ?
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2020, 10:49:28 AM »
I see a space on the box where there are no splines but the coupler looks to have them all the way around. Would the coupler still be able to go half way on ?

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2020, 10:54:24 AM »
I see a space on the box where there are no splines but the coupler looks to have them all the way around. Would the coupler still be able to go half way on ?

The large blank area of the steering box shaft is where the split pin goes between the two spline sections.

On the spline itself is a "main spline" which is about 1/16 wide flat surface that will match up to the main spline in the coupler. (LOOK CLOSELY)

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2020, 11:27:19 AM »
Ok i'll take another look, I would hope with the wheels heading straight forward an the steering wheel clocked correct it wouldn't be hard to see.

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2020, 12:47:41 PM »
The pin is removed correct?

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2020, 01:08:28 PM »
The pin is removed correct?
Oh yeah , pin is out!

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2020, 08:00:02 PM »
I see a space on the box where there are no splines but the coupler looks to have them all the way around. Would the coupler still be able to go half way on ?
I have an aftermarket coupler without a master spline. I took a 90* square over the pin hole at the rear that holds the shoes on and it aligns with the notch for the master spline on an OEM coupler. Since my aftermarket coupler does not have a notch I used the square to mark a substitute for the notch. Put a mark there and installed the coupler over the steering gear master spline. The coupler slid on without effort.   

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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2020, 04:13:30 PM »
I was able to locate master spline on both pieces,but still not a slip on fit. Also the splines look a little boogered up, probably why the coupler needed to be pried off to start with. Any suggestions on how to clean them up?

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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2020, 05:02:50 PM »
A thin points file, sometimes running a knife through will clean them up too. I've hammered a wood chisel through them to clean them as well.

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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2020, 05:28:10 AM »
A small V file comes to mind.  :alan2cents:

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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 06:47:01 AM »
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A 6-inch triangle file with fine cut worked for me...

For the cost, a set like this has been invaluable for fixing bolt threads, splines, and such..

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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2020, 06:50:52 AM »
A small V file comes to mind.  :alan2cents:
Do you think a small jewelers v type file would work? Maybe that type wouldnít have enough abrasive filing power for the couplers metal?

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