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Old 05-25-2011, 03:12 PM
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1997 F350 Intermediate Steering Shaft

Hello folks, I am new to this forum and looking for some advice on my F350 I recently purchased. It is a standard cab, 460, manual trans, 4x4. I have done a good amount on the interior to clean it up and make it a nice driver, such as rebuild the steering column, what a joy. I need to replace the intermediate steering shaft from the bottom of the column to the steering box. The bushing at the slip portion is completely gone. I was hoping to get a Borgeson replacement but upon further research, it doesn't appear they have one for my application. I contacted their tech department and they simply told me they don't have one for a 97. I also contacted the dealer and they told me they do have a replacement, at close to 200 bucks, they also told me the 97 intermediate shaft is a one and only for that body style. Can anyone shed any light on this? Are there any other options or manufacturer's I should look at?

I appreciate any advice on this.

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It might be a shot in the dark but there might be one sittin in a junk yard thats not too tore up, it doesnt hurt to look
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I've had good luck adapting junkyard shafts to my vehiclesnbefore. That's where I would start if I where you.
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...they also told me the 97 intermediate shaft is a one and only for that body style...
I'm pretty sure that's a load of crap! I believe that all the steering components are the same from the column to the gearbox for all '92-'98 F150, F250, and F350's (I'm not 100% positive. Others on here will know for certain). If you want a new one, this shaft should work... Borgeson Steering Shaft. Like the others said, check the junk yard for a used one.
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Hello folks, I am new to this forum and looking for some advice on my F350 I recently purchased. It is a standard cab, 460, manual trans, 4x4. I have done a good amount on the interior to clean it up and make it a nice driver Hid headlights , such as rebuild the steering column, what a joy. I need to replace the intermediate steering shaft from the bottom of the column to the steering box. The bushing at the slip portion is completely gone. I was hoping to get a Borgeson replacement but upon further research, it doesn't appear they have one for my application. I contacted their hid headlight Kits tech department and they simply told me they don't have one for a 97. I also contacted the dealer and they told me they do have a replacement, at close to 200 bucks, they also told me the 97 intermediate shaft is a one and only for that body style. Can anyone shed any light on this? Are there any other options or manufacturer's I should look at?

I appreciate any advice on this.

Tom

Yea your best bet would be to check your local junk yard for what you need.
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If you want a new one, this shaft should work... Borgeson Steering Shaft.
Yeah, I used this one on my truck a few weeks ago. It works great but is a little tricky to get in. You may have to loosen the steering box.

Borgeson Universal 000981 - Borgeson Universal Steering Components - Overview - SummitRacing.com

Your truck is a lot like mine. You should check out what I'm doing.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/99...350-build.html
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I am also in need of a new steering shaft and checked the Borgson site and was disappointed to see the listing stop at '96.
Is this verified that it fits a '97?
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I am also in need of a new steering shaft and checked the Borgson site and was disappointed to see the listing stop at '96.
Is this verified that it fits a '97?
Well I can't "guarentee" it will work because I haven't tried to use the Borgson. But remember that in '97 Ford started making a light duty F250 based off of the new F150 body. Therefore, a lot of companies just list parts for the '92-'96 not realizing that the '97 HD is the same truck. I just went down to the junk yard and grabbed a shaft (I doubt it was from a '97) and it fit right in my '97 F250. So yes, I'd put money on the fact that the Borgson will fit the '97 HD.
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Yeah, I used this one on my truck a few weeks ago. It works great but is a little tricky to get in. You may have to loosen the steering box.

Borgeson Universal 000981 - Borgeson Universal Steering Components - Overview - SummitRacing.com

Your truck is a lot like mine. You should check out what I'm doing.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/99...350-build.html

Yes, it does fit. It's tight and you may have to loosen the steering box. I was swapping my box at the same time and had to wiggle it a little. But it does fit and fits great. Check my build thread^^
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:37 PM
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Thanks guys, I'll order one this week.
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Borgson 000981 fits.
At the steering box:

At the steering column:

Shaft is longer than stock though. Collapsed it is only about .5" shorter than the one shaft is extended.
I decided to shorten it by an inch to allow it to collapse a little more.

For comparison, old vs new:


I did notice that there is quite a bit of free play in the steering box input shaft.
New steering box is next I guess.
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Smile I got a welder...

300 bucks for the new shaft? sounds like the SHAFT ...to me..I had this problem on a 78 bronco... just tacked it up.. now this problem on a 97 f 250..but I think I will try a u-bolt clamp first.....
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just snagged a used shaft from a jy for 20 bucks. EASY to remove and bolt in. Alot better feel now.

I pulled out of a 94 f250 for my 97 f350. ( i think f250/f350 are the same) and noticed all the F150s looked different but wasnt really interested in looking.
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