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    Default Ragjoint removal

    Whats the easiest way to remove the rag joint and the entire assembly for replacement with the upgraded u joint ones?


    Its another version of this, that's plated so it doesn't rust.

    http://www.superscoutspecialists.com...-scout-ii.aspx

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    -72 Scout2 - SBC350 with RV camshaft, 4 speed manual Trans, D20 xfer case with CV drive shafts.
    -Dana 44 Detroit locker rear.
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    False alarm, got it off lol, wasnt too hard.
    -72 Scout2 - SBC350 with RV camshaft, 4 speed manual Trans, D20 xfer case with CV drive shafts.
    -Dana 44 Detroit locker rear.
    -Dana 44 (out of a 75) Rebuilt /w trutrac limited slip frnt



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    Nope, they're really not hard at all.

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    ---Just remember you can't hammer on the steering shaft at all, column, whatever. The steering column is a telescopic type, made so that you won't skew yourself in a head-on collision. The sections of the column are drilled when extended and plastic "sheer pins" are inserted in the holes. If you damage the sheer pins, the column is pretty much unsafe.

    ---The repair kits are fairly cheap at the HELP/Dorman section of your local parts house. You need the kit with the two different diameter pins at the threaded ends and at the shaft end. I think for a late-model GM would be a match. You grind off the heads of the rivets on your old one, careful not to damage the sheet metal retainer/support bracket, knock out the pins and bolt your new Flexible Coupler on.
    ---Thank you,
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    Default Rag joint?

    Does anyone have a picture of the "rag joint". I have a 71 Triumph that has a rubber connection between the steering box and the steering wheel. That seem like a rag joint. My 74 and 78 scouts all have play in the steering, but I don't see anything that I might call a rag joint, so I'm not sure if an upgarade is appropriate.

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    This is the rag joint


    -72 Scout2 - SBC350 with RV camshaft, 4 speed manual Trans, D20 xfer case with CV drive shafts.
    -Dana 44 Detroit locker rear.
    -Dana 44 (out of a 75) Rebuilt /w trutrac limited slip frnt



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    Quote Originally Posted by John Rose View Post
    ... I don't see anything that I might call a rag joint, so I'm not sure if an upgarade is appropriate...
    ---Because it's not really* called a rag joint, that's just a term I think adopted from the GMers... like "Posi". It is called a "Flexible Coupler" in our truck world, and in theory, a Vibration Dampener.
    Last edited by Thomas; 11-05-2009 at 05:16 AM.
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    Default Rag Joint Photo

    Thanks for the ragjoint photo and comments. I don't think I have one of those.

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    Coulda been upgraded and removed by a PO.. but they are defintley stock on scout2's as far as i know
    -72 Scout2 - SBC350 with RV camshaft, 4 speed manual Trans, D20 xfer case with CV drive shafts.
    -Dana 44 Detroit locker rear.
    -Dana 44 (out of a 75) Rebuilt /w trutrac limited slip frnt



    ~Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.

    ~T.J.

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