I was able to put in a couple hours today and got the Firm Feel unit out. I'm sure that this was the hardest part of the project.
First up, I took the Borgeson coupler and marked a spot on it with a paint pen.
Then I rotated the input shaft full right, then full left. The range is 3 5/8 turns. Bergman stated to establish center so half
of 3 5/8 turns is 1 and 13/16 turns...essentially a little more than 1 3/4 turns. I did this several times to confirm the center, then marked 12:00 on the input shaft splines.
I took the Pitman and attached it temporarily, then painted a stripe down the case to signify proper alignment.
Incidentally, I noticed that the resistance in turning the input shaft is noticeably greater toward the center. It tightens up as you sweep from full lock to center, then eases up once you're past center when turning to full lock right. THis is sort of like a Firm Feel at the center while being easier to turn in tight maneuvers. This may or may not be evident once hydraulic pressure is applied.
It is essentially impossible to have the Pitman arm on wrong. It has 4 index marks spaced evenly apart to properly locate it.
Next up, knock the roll pin out of the stock coupler, slide the coupler toward the firewall a bit......
Remove the steering column...
The coupler is beat up a bit. I've had the column in and out of the car a few times.
The coupler cover is one I bought from Steer and Gear more than 10 years ago. I'll clean it up and reuse it.
I've always had crappy luck with the stock type seal clip. I can get them to fit but then....Attaching the coupler to the steering box never seems to be easy. I've asked for advice online and I get equal parts mine just slides right on
and I had to tap it on with a hammer.
Given that...I'll ask again. How do you guys attach the coupler to the steering box? When there is that slight interference fit, there is no easy place to tap on the coupler to drive it on the shaft. Do you leave that seal and retainer pulled back and tap on the coupler housing then
attach the seal and clip?