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Old 10-27-2018, 10:13 AM
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1986 F-250 steering coupler ?

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My daughter bought some months ago a '86 F-250 (with the 7.5 L engine). She's counting on me to do some mechanics and as we live in France itsn't very easy to find parts or knowledge. By chance i've other US cars and i know a little where find parts and advises .. (sorry for my english).
This morning i want to replace the rag joint, i had already one, bought from Rockauto but the coupler is wrong: too large ! Seems that the original coupler is riveted to the lower shaft and i can't find an original coupler. I read this post https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...l#post16413284 and it seems that the rag joint wasn't sold alone.
So what can i do ?
Other solution is to replace the whole lower steering shaft with a Borgeson 00980 but itsn't the same price than a rag joint, especially when you live foreign (shiping and taxes).
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I can't help with the incorrect size coupler (rag joint) but regarding the rivets, most people just cut them off or drill them out, and replaced with bolts. Make sure to use locking bolts or locking compound...it is steering after all.
 
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Originally Posted by phil64 View Post
My daughter bought some months ago a '86 F-250 (with the 7.5L engine).

This morning I went to replace the rag joint, I had already one, bought from RockAuto, but the coupler is wrong: too large!

Seems that the original coupler is riveted to the lower shaft and I can't find an original coupler.

I read this post https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...l#post16413284 and it seems that the rag joint wasn't sold alone.
A/T or M/T, with or without a Tilt Wheel, 2WD or 4WD? Operated by pressing the turn signal handle forward.

I'll post a pic of the column, why I need this info.
 
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A/T transmission, 2WD, i'm not sure about tilt steering, here's a pic when i remove the cluster:
 
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A/T transmission, 2WD, i'm not sure about tilt steering, here's a pic when i remove the cluster:

You have Tilt Steering.

Push the turn signal forward and it releases the column to tilt.
 
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A/T or M/T, with or without a Tilt Wheel, 2WD or 4WD? Operated by pressing the turn signal handle forward.

I'll post a pic of the column, why I need this info.
It appears to have a tilt wheel.

Pic: 3B676 is the "lower steering shaft & coupler assy," 3A525 is the 'rag joint' but it was only used in 1980 and on some 1981's.

So, for your truck, you have to buy the entire assembly. It's obsolete, so finding one, especially in France, will be difficult and expensive, because...

In 1988, FoMoCo changed the design and updated the part number, so to use it, you also have to change the upper steering shaft and the tilt wheel locking lever. Not pleasant!

The original part number: E2TZ-3B676-B was replaced by E8TZ-3B676-A .. I found 3 of the replacements NOS (New Old Stock), no one has the original.

Auto parts stores sell just the round disc, but it's a real b!tch to install. Some of the discs were hard plastic, don't know what yours is.


 
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Thanks ! And I think i'll buy a Borgeson ... I've seen the 00985 with "vibration reducer" it's worth it (more expensive than 00980) ?
 
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Dorman 31008 is a replacement rag joint for E8TZ3B676A
 

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