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We Install a Steering Shaft from Borgeson on the 2020 Ultimate Adventure Long Range Jeep #UA2020

Part 11: Connecting the steering wheel to the steering box.

Verne SimonsAuthor, Photography

Not every part that needs to get installed on the 2020 Ultimate Adventure Long Range Jeep is as show-stopping as a Cummins R2.8, a pair of Ultimate Dana 60s, Skyjacker LeDuc Series coilovers, and so on. But that doesn't mean that smaller, less flashy parts are any less important. Truth is, a trail rig is useless without some of the simplest parts. For example, we have spent lots of time modifying the chassis and suspension so all the steering parts on the front axle fit just so, without interference. We also moved the framerails so the steering box would sit up high enough to clear the drag link and tie-rod at full-bump. Still, without the shafts and joints that connect the steering wheel to the steering box, all this work would be in vain.

The Borgeson Universal Company has been making quality steering parts for cars for about 100 years. We've used its high-quality parts in several project vehicle builds, and the parts are a machinist's dream. Usually we spend time piecing together Borgeson steering parts to build our own custom steering, but this time we were able to use a kit pre-assembled for later TJs and LJs. Part number 000873 is the upper shaft for 2001-2006 Wrangler TJs, while part number 000876 is the lower shaft for 2001-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJs. The install was a breeze. Here are the details.

Borgeson Steering Shafts for TJ/LJ

Installing the Borgeson parts is straight forward. Most of the parts come assembled, but you will need to attach the lower steering shaft to the steering box using the pinch bolt and then attach the upper steering shaft to the steering column using the Borgeson joint and supplied set screws and jam nuts. Then you can install a factory Jeep pillow-block or carrier bearing for the upper part of the lower shaft. We were able to trim the factory bracket for the Jeep pillow-block, add a tab, and bolt the bracket in place. The upper shaft also comes with a rubber seal that uses self-tapping screws to attach to the firewall.

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Cummins, 800.286.6467, www.cummins.com/engines/repower
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IH Parts America, 530.274.1795, www.ihpartsamerica.com/
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Skyjacker Suspension, 318.388.0816, skyjacker.com/
VooDoo Offroad, 844.866.3661, www.voodoooffroad.com/
Warn Winch, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com/