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hello out there in suby land.

 

i put a lift kit in a [ea82] 1987 gl wagon a while back but never got around to "centering" the steering wheel again, if you know what i mean. anyone know how to do this without disconnecting the ujoints on the steering shaft?

 

do you take off the steering wheel? how?

 

thanks for any info.

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How far off is it? You can get it closer by moving the wheel on it's spline. The chances of it lining straight up are not good. One tooth seems to move it several degrees off center. When I changed the ignition, I thought I would use the chance to straighten out the wheel. It was in a place where it was off one way or the other by switching it from one tooth to the one next to it. It will have to be a combination of re-centering the lower joint and the wheel on their respective splines. That should get it close. You can center it and re-align the front end to suit as well, but that is a lot of work. Let us know what worked for you.

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When i installed my lift, after I was finished i realized my steering wheel was backwards. Same thing that happend to you, but mine was 180 degree's off. I just removed the steering wheel, and put it back on straight. Right now its a tooth off, and its not 100% straight, but its not hard to remove the steering wheel.

 

-Brian

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man i hate to sound like an idiot but how do you get the steering wheel off?

 

its about 1/2 a turn off so i would like to fix it as the turn signals do not work correctly.

 

do you need a puller? is it bolted on under the horn pad?

 

do you just pull the horn pad off?

 

last steering wheel i removed was on a 63 chev 20 years ago...

 

thanks.

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Your horn pad should screw on from the back of the wheel. Remove it and remove the nut. You can put your knees behind and pull from the front. A little rocking action seems to help. I have pulled 3 in the last year, and did not need a puller to do it. On the Gen. one's, which may not apply, there is a plastic spacer and a spring to force the two pegs into the hole on the signal return. just be alive when you pull the wheel. It will get you close enough to center to work. If it is gritty or the grease for the spacer has dried up, clean it and re-grease it for smooth sliding and it should always turn off your signal.

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allright, i will do it tommorrow after work.

 

thanks to all who replied.

 

thanks G.D. and bbbs3 for specifics.

 

did not want to go in blind and wreck something trying to take it apart.

 

sad to say ive done that before...

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